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« Reply #15 on: 02 July 2019, 11:37:13 AM »

To collate the warnings (from above).

1. Wash any building sand thoroughly: Several changes of water.
    You'll benefit from a neutral pH, and eliminating any potentially reactive contaminants.
    Your batch of sand may not actively attack your basing material, or provoke lead rot - but why risk it.

2. Dry is good - bake in an oven as advised - don't use the best family Le Crueset / Tefal as this tends to open hostilities.

3. Allow it to cool before use - Because medieval castle defenders knew a thing or two about pain.
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« Reply #16 on: 03 July 2019, 05:08:43 PM »

Play sand has been cleaned, it's for kids and they put anything in their mouths, The sand for aquariums is also washed and sterilised and is pH neutral.

Regards,

Martin
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« Reply #17 on: 03 July 2019, 05:44:53 PM »

Don't leave the sand outside.....If there's a lot of it.

The local cats will use it as a 'latrine'.......(Unless you like the smell of ammonia. Shocked I don't want to see)

Cheers - Phil
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« Reply #18 on: 10 July 2019, 04:15:12 AM »

My two cents - I find sand is heavy, and abrasive. That's why I use model railroad ballast, in various grades. If i need smaller than the smallest I just put some of the smallest sold between some pieces of wood and grind it down. Have never had an problem. I use it for bases, grass clumps, small shrubs, and leaves on trees. A small bag is very cheap and lasts forever!!!

Terry
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« Reply #19 on: 10 July 2019, 11:27:09 AM »

Bought 3 kilos of decorative sand (intended for floral arrangements and candle beds) for 99p in an end-of-line sale at Sainsbury, over a decade ago now. Very, very fine grains.

Still lots left.

Though that may say more about how little painting I manage these days!
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« Reply #20 on: 10 July 2019, 02:39:26 PM »

I had an extension built about 20 years ago and the builder left a bag of ready mixed sand and cement intended for brickwork.  I've been using it for bases ever since.  It is quite fine textured, you can add a bit of grit to it, it dries hard and is the colour of light earth.  I use PVA glue, diluted a little, to apply it - paint the stand with PVA and dip it in the sand/cement mix.  It takes a while to go-off during which time tracks and detail can be added as required.  One dry I dress it with static grass etc as necessary, depending on theatre.  If it is the Levant/N Africa I leave it more or less as it is and it dries to just about the right colour for desert terrain.  Never had a problem with any kind of reaction to metal figures, resin or plastic.  On the rare occasion I've needed to rebase anything, bending the plasticard bases I use makes it come away easily.  I wouldn't use anything else.
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