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About Transparent Base

Discussion in 'Airbrush Paints' started by ZJOmega, Feb 19, 2017.


  1. ZJOmega

    ZJOmega Double Actioner

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    I bought the Createx Bloodline set and it came with a Transparent Base. How and what is this used for? I completely forgot I had it and was cleaning up the other day and seen it so I figured I would ask.
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    It is basically paint without pigment. It is a little confusing as createx refer to it in in terms of reduction. However what is does is actually reduce the amount of pigment by volume so you can make colours less intense/lighter shades/increase transparency, and this can also help with flow. It should however be used in conjunction with reducer to reduce viscosity for best performance (this is just my take and what I have found works best for me, a Createx Wicked fan using it on many surfaces.)

    It is also good if you have over reduced, but need to give more body back to the paint. T-shirt/fabric artists find it useful as a base coat - when heat set it flattens nap and gives a good surface to paint on, and it can also be used as a light intercoat/topcoat although I haven't used it for this reason.

    Useful stuff.
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    ZJOmega Double Actioner

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    Very Good explanation! Thank you much!
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    IPT Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    also good fr (though the new 4030 may be better) as an intercoat to lock in your work. Nice little barrier to add some protection if you will be taping or masking over it.
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    So I picked up some 4004 transparent base today... any recommendations on mixing it with wicked colors? I did a 50/50 mix of color and base, then mixed that 50/50 with 4012 reducer. Seemed to work pretty well.
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    @musicmacd showed a recipe of 50/50 base/reducer then add color as needed. I've a small bottle premixed with base/ reducer so I don't have to think :D
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    musicmacd Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    Try running your colour through the cup till it no longer sprays, then add a few drops of base and run that as your main colour only, super subtle shades also stops you going to dark to soon as you end up with a pile of base on your paper! Thanks Dru for that technique
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    I am a noobie but I have found the 50/50 works great, I also use 1 drop paint to 10 drops base to 15 drops reducer on dark colors. I found white doesn't really apply to this theory, again that is just what seems to work in my very very limited experience.
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