I think the general consensus is that the regular Createx paints do not work well through smaller nozzle/needle set ups, and needs a bunch of reducing to work. Paint consistency is paramount, and I think you are on the right track trying a different paint to continue on with. Not to try to confuse the issue (much) but I have several of the Fengda style brushes, and I have an H&S Infinity CR+. I use the Fengda brushes much more then the H&S. Obviously the H&S is a much better, higher quality piece, but the one I have is a pain in the "arse" to use. I can never tell when paint flow will be initiated with it. The Imports that I have are very easy to use, and produce decent results with very little fuss.