Spray Bottles

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Wyomingite, Sep 27, 2002.

  1. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

    Hi Guys,

    What kind of spray bottles do you guys use to put down your grass etc. I bought several different kinds at discount stores and hardware stores. I'm using a 50-50 mixture of Elmers white glue and water and all after about eight pumps the nice spray turns into a harse stream. Any tips would be very helpful.

    Thanks, Ron
  2. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    My wife swears the only bottle that works very long for spray starch is an Amway bottle. I think you can order from them on-line if you don't know a distributor. Never tried it for glue :) I've used better quality ones from Sam's for weathering wash and they have never clogged.
  3. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I wonder if its not the bottle but the glue that is causing problems gunking up the sprayer after a short time? Adding a small amount of dish detergent makes diluted glue more "wet" so it is easily absorbed by scenic materials and ballast. Perhaps that would help keep the spray bottle functioning as well?
  4. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    In my experience, all spray bottles which give a nice light spray of water do not yield the same reult with the water/glue mixture. I gave up on that approach and use the bottle to wet down the area after application of ground materials, then use a pipette to apply the glue. I recommend this approach.

  5. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member


    Gary's method is the only one I've found to work 100%. Also, you get more conrol where the "springiness" of the ground cover needs that little bit more application of the water/glue mixture.

    It may seem daunting to have to do a large area but the wetting effect of the spray means a single drop from the pipette/eye dropper spreads over 1/2 to 1 square inch.

    If anyone has found a better way I'd sure like to hear about it.

  6. NYCentral

    NYCentral Member

    I use a pump hair spray bottle, it has a very fine mist. I have not had any problems with it.
  7. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    For large areas, you might try wetting the area with windex, sprayed on, then apply water/white glue from a "white glue"bottle. some practice may be needed to get away from overapplication of the glue, but it is fast and clog free.
  8. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    I think the glue is stopping up the spray bottle. I spray my scenery materials with rubbing alcohol and then apply the glue mixture with a pipette like Gary does. Rubbing alcohol is cheap usually two quart bottles for $1.00.
  9. Jim de Bree

    Jim de Bree Member

    Whre do you find two quart bottles for $1?


    I agree with your methodology. The only difference is that I I use syringes because I have a plentiful supply due to my daughter's medical condition. Things must be a lot cheaper in Georgia because I have not been able to find two quarts of alcohol for $1. I pay about twice that price, but dilute the alcohol about 30%.

  10. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi Jim, I get 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol at the dollar store,called Dollar Tree, just down the road from my house. Its some kind of "off brand" and I don't think I'd use it on my self but it works good for scenery/ballast and cleaning Polly S paint off paintbrushes:D :D :D
  11. Jim de Bree

    Jim de Bree Member

    Things must be a lot cheaper in Georgia. But then I'll bet your electric bills are a lot lower than ours too.
  12. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    This Might Hurt....OUCH!!!!

    Hey Jim, Its been 20 years since I've been in CA and I seem to recall that things were a bit more than here. Almost hate to tell you (that's the OUCH):D :D :D ....My electric bill is $85 per month flat rate, use all I want and there's no year end settlement. :eek: but on the other hand I have to drive 125 miles to get to a trainstore:eek: :D :D :D :D
  13. Jim de Bree

    Jim de Bree Member

    Life is a tradeoff

    My electric bill last month was ten time yours. But then there is a small hobbyshop within walking distance of my house.

    How far are you from Atlanta? I usually end up going to Atlanta on business once every couple of years.
  14. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hey Jim, Roughly about 110 miles south of Hartsfield Airport...let me know next time you're down this way. There's a really good trainshop just about 10 mins from Hartsfield.:) If I can get loose maybe we'll go "raid" it!!:D :D
  15. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for all your input. My wife thinks she may have an old hair spray bottle so I'm going to try that first. I'm sure theres some kind of glue in that stuff as my wifes hair does'nt move. Sounds like it might work and will let you all know if it does. If not will go to your other method. Thanks again to all. Now heading out to the shop and see how many of those thirty new ore cars my steam engines will pull. Ron :D
  16. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Hair spray (the cheaper the better) works ok to fasten small amounts of material, like bits of gravel on the shoulder of a road, but won't work on the volume of material generally used for ground cover. It just won't penetrate and will at best form a crust which will be easily broken, the materals beneath won't be fastened at all. Go with the eyedropper or glue bottle approach and save yourself the wasted effort.

  17. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

    Hi Guys,

    Well like I mentioned I went with Phils idea first using a VO-5 spray bottle. I put in a drop of dish soap and not quite a 50/50 mixture of white glue and water. So far I worked with it about four hours and very happy with the results. Needless to say its a little hard on ones finger but that goes with the hobby. Thanks again for all your input. Ron :)

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