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Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by Vick, Apr 21, 2017.


  1. Vick

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    I am using Golden Airbrush Medium w createx airbrush colors. Used maybe 3 or 4 drops of black then about 15 drops of the reducer then I shake it up in my Eclipse SBS. Running it around 2o psi. Am I doing this right? I have never airbrushed before so i have no idea if this is how its suppose to feel.
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    Not sure about golden and createx mix- but yes for an eclipse 5 drops of paint/ 15 reducer sounds right- is it high performance reducer? Should be flowing nice- you can reduce heavier! I like to build layers slow. Peace from the mid-west!! If it's standard createx heard water is best for reducer if wicked then reducer is best.
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    The Golden Airbrush Medium is to make the paint more transparent just like Createx clear base. If it is not flowing well enough then you can reduce with Createx reducer or water. The only issue with water is you begin to loose the UV resistance and will increase some tip dry. Plus the higher amount of reducer would cause you to need lower air psi. The main thing is the airbrushing medium is just a clear base.


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    Don't use water with Createx, you'll wind up with it 'clotting' and causing blockages
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    Yes, take care mixing different products. Createx is quite a different paint product than golden. You are always best using the manufacturers recommended products.
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    Maybe that is why I at first had so much trouble with Createx Illustration paint when the first came out. The reducer 5091 caused so much tip dry so I was also adding water (filtered) and it would clot in the nozzle and the spit it out. The newer reducer works better.


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    Yes, i found out the hard way too. i can't remember which reducer it was but it wasn't anywhere near as good as what they use now, so i tried diluting with water. that was with wicked detail and illustration, neither appreciated the water. the current 4012 is good and i'm about to try the 4030.
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    I agree... if you are a beginner, stick with one brand of paint, You have enough to deal with as it is. Why jump into the minefield of paint compatibility?
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    I have a question- you guys are running like 1:3 or more of reduction? Using Wicked Colors I notice things get out of control pretty fast if I go past 1:1 or so...
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    The more you reduce the lower the psi.
    For detail work a reduction of 1:10 or more is common. Psi of 10 or less at that reduction
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    The 4030 is a bit weaker than the 4012 as far as solvent in the reducer. It does work fairly well though. The tech at Createx said the 4012 will reduce the cross link time of the illustration Paint which will reduce the time you can effectively erase and scratch. I have not used the 4012 yet myself. I still need to buy some.


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    Jackster, the 4030 is good, it emulsifies the paint, and helps with flow, and I think it makes clean up easier too. I think it works best with the 4012, not instead of.
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    I was just looking this up on Createx's website- it says 4030 is a clear not a reducer. I do wonder if it would help with adhesion to lexan- seems Ive heard that somewhere.
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    Its an intercoat and a mix additive. It should be added to the paint, and then that mix reduced. I did try it without reducer, just because I am tight with money and didn't want to get two products if I don't need to, lol, and because I like to experiment. But they work great together.

    I watched a coast airbrush live vid about painting models etc, and they recommended using it as its a good adhesion promoter. I'm pretty sure they were using lexan.
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    Lexan is about one step down from painting teflon lol- the paint needs all the help it can get. I guess I should pick up a bottle and do a test body.
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    Oh my. I am sorry I meant 4011. Yes 4030 I bought some of that with the advice of Craig at Createx because he said it made the illustration Paint flow like urethane. Too many numbers and old age brain farts don't help.


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    Ahh ok that makes more sense now :)

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