I only use 25-30psi from a distance, I'm probably more at 10 for detail work. what sort of reduction are you using with the reducer... after a lot of teething problems I now put 3 drops of reducer in the cup, then one drop of Illustration, then back flush to mix and it seems to work fine through a .18 CM-b - test spray, adjust pressure until its spraying nicely. I wasted a lot of paint early on, almost filling a b cup with paint only to throw it out when it wasn't working/ to much paint for the project. I find the Illustration & Bloodline separate in the bottle very quickly if its left standing too long. If mine has been standing for a week or more, I'll actually get in the bottle with a hooked piece of stiff wire and give it a good stir. Maybe the paint is separating on you're actually using the 'top part' of the bottle, which will be more binder than pigment (the pigment sinks) if its not thoroughly mixed. Createx was my common source of frustration when I started, it knocked my confidence big time, I switched to Etac and the confidence grew. now I understand the basics a lot more, I get a lot less frustrated with it.