My Robart Paint Shaker Upgrade

Paint for scale models needs to be properly stirred before you can use it.

This is what paint looks like when the pigments begin to separate from the binder:

17919804749_8b521c921c_o

A convenient and effective means of remixing model paint is to use a Robart paint shaker. These small, desktop machines come in either battery powered form, or as a unit that runs on AC power. I bought one of their AC powered units.

17919823599_e8f359858e_o

Right away, I noticed the machine likes to wander around the work surface. There are four small, fairly grippy rubber feet on the bottom of the machine, but they don’t grip well enough to keep the shaker from rattling around as it’s operating.

17921164649_32e7bcccf9_o

I figured a good solution would be to place the shaker into a heavier wooden base, made, in my case, of oak, with maple mouldings for the side pieces.

18855662742_8a151f59c3_b

The back piece was made to be removable. A piece of rubber from an old bike inner tube surrounds the shaker, isolating vibrations, and making for a nice, snug fit. Once the shaker has been slid into the base, the back piece gets attached, and the power supply plug gets inserted through a small hole drilled through the back piece.

18834560071_d6044868cd_o

Here’s the finished result:

17919547518_b0968e00b0_o

The base is heavy enough to keep the shaker from moving. It also tames vibration, and quiets the noise, while adding a bit of style to what would otherwise only be a nondescript black box. Overall, this base made the Robart paint shaker so much nicer to use, and it was a fun project to boot! You don’t need to put as much effort into this type of project, as I did, but with a little effort you can improve on a great product.

This shaker’s days of wandering are over at last. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s