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Discussion in 'Airbrush Paints' started by beginner-James, Jun 29, 2018.


  1. Malky

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    The Com-Art colours are far more vibrant than what's printed on the packaging, the packaging seems badly printed.

    I've tried e'tac but didn't like it at all, it rolled up when I tried to erase it, some might say that's down to a bad bottle but I had it with several colours, I remember Mitch thing it and Geraldo found it a bit sticky.

    I plan to stick to the paints and other materials that gave me the most joy, it was messing around with e'tac and trying other stuff that caused me to give up several times, so if I want to keep airbrushing I've got go with what I know works for me, not just paint but brush and substrates too, other than Com-Art if I can find it I have no intention of risking throwing in the towel again by moving to yet another paint.

    I can't use anything createx because even just what hangs in the air after I take off my mask would kill me, I have always worked in my house, might be different if I had a work place outside of the house, but no chance of that ever happening.
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    This triggers a lot of ideas. When you paint with oil, you have a whole school on glazing, which, if done properly, gets you closer to the practice of the old masters, which first paint a b/w underpainting and then add on highly thinned colors with lots of medium (= the glaze), layer by layer, The arduous thing about oil glazing however is the fact that the previous layer has to dry first, which could take days or months to do. With airbrush you can do it in minutes - I love it!
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    I have Golden, E'tac, Schmincke and Createx Ill. and I like all of them for a purpose of what I am painting. I was going to order some E'tac to replace a couple of near empty bottles and when it came to shipping, they were adding $13.00 for shipping. That was just a little less than the total amount for the paint. I didn't order it because of the shipping. Their business is only 3 states from me. I won't pay it for just a couple of bottles. I like Golden High Flow and Fluid colors. Sprays good, when mixed right, even through a .15 H+S Infinity. But with Golden, it takes me forever to clean the brushes. It sticks very tough to the inside and I think I spend more time cleaning than painting.LOL
    I like Schmincke aero but it is also very expensive here in the USA. Only place I have found that stocks it is Blick. So I guess I'll just stick to Createx Ill. . It goes on good, erases good with the paper I use and clean as a whistle in the brush after cleaning after a while of painting. Also I can get it fast when shipped and can get it from a 30 minute drive from home if needed fast.
    Everyone has their preferences and what works for them on available supply and how they paint.
    I've thought about offering what I don't use to someone but then I start thinking, " wouldn't that reference picture look good with that paint " :eek::confused:lollol
    One thing I thought was strange with Golden Fluids Paynes Gray. It is about as blue as you can get blue to look. It has no reference to Gray at all. I've started adding a little red and yellow to the bottle each time I use it to get it a cool gray color. Almost there but not quite yet.

    Richard
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    OK so it sounds like they have changed the names.

    From the website

    "AIRBRUSH TRANSPARENT EXTENDER
    PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

    GOLDEN High Flow Medium (formerly Airbrush Transparent Extender) is a 100% acrylic binder system that is designed to modify GOLDEN Airbrush Colors and High Flow Acrylics for increased transparency and film hardness. Engineered to meet the highest standards of professional airbrush illustrators, High Flow Medium possesses excellent spraying properties and is formulated to minimize tip build-up, clogging and surface defects."

    and

    "AIRBRUSH MEDIUM
    GOLDEN Airbrush Medium blends easily with other GOLDEN acrylics to yield a paint mixture with the proper viscosity for airbrushing. Airbrush Medium also effectively decreases clogging and tip-buildup during spraying, eliminating the largest drawback to airbrushing with acrylics."

    So there is high flow medium and airbrush medium.
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    I'm still using and will continue to use the "airbrush medium" which works fine with either fluid or high flow acrylics despite them generally not recommending it's use for high flow, although they say other GOLDEN acrylics any acrylic including tube acrylics with no solvents work equally as well with it, their not recommending it's use with high flow is merely a disclaimer, many of the paints I used in my job recommended their own special thinners but simple turpentine or white spirit was as good for them all.
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    I run specialized dry off set machines that print on aluminium wine closures. I have also been commissioning a pad printer that prints on the top of the caps. Our other machines do spray paint, lacquer, screen and emboss. Pretty good work.im just over it. Been there almost 12 years. I ran a komori at tafesa for mh apprenticeship. Donf know model name/number. Great old manual impression machine.
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    I got a follow-on question re. the Golden Airbrush Transparent Extender (or whatever the name is, they really don't make it easy for people): Is anybody using it in its pure form (without adding any color) to do a varnish at the end of a painting session? I observe it has a glossy plastics-like quality to it (after all, it's a clear polymer), and was thinking about just lightly spraying a finished painting with it. What do you think, does this make sense?
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    I know that the other called airbrush medium they advise it shouldn't be used on it's on as a finish, but the transparent extender is more or less just paint without the colour, it can be erased and scratched just as the paint can so I would suggest it shouldn't be used as a finish either.

    If your work is going to be framed and behind glass you shoukd need to clear it, I've never cleared any if my work, clearing is probably only really necessary for automotive work and anything being kept outdoors and exposed to the elements, obviously there are some projects where the clearing is what makes them pop.
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    Got it, thanks Malky!
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    clearing is that to put a varnish over the painting to stop it sticking to the glass??????
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    It won't stick to the glass if you clear it or not, as long as it's dry before being framed, you would clear it or varnish it to protect it if it isn't going to be behind glass.
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    but what is clearing is it allowing the paint to harden and dry
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    I use Schmincke transparent medium over my paintings at the end. So I guess it is the same. It just evens out all the gloss and matt parts.
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    Clearing is similar to varnishing, it just protects your work and gives an even finish all over.
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    Thank you malky

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