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Im recently purchesed an airbrush and other tools required for airbrushing? Im wondering if when im useing createx paints if i need to dulute the paint? Dose it matter if im am useing transparent, opaque or the other paints avalible? Dose it matter when trying to have certain effects? Would anyone recommend another paint? One more thing i am wondering what you folks would recomend for sealing wooden baits and plastic baits? like i said im new to painting and apreciate the help!

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Im recently purchesed an airbrush and other tools required for airbrushing? Im wondering if when im useing createx paints if i need to dulute the paint? Dose it matter if im am useing transparent, opaque or the other paints avalible? Dose it matter when trying to have certain effects? Would anyone recommend another paint? One more thing i am wondering what you folks would recomend for sealing wooden baits and plastic baits? like i said im new to painting and apreciate the help!

To thin or not depends on whether your airbrush can shoot the paint in the right density without clogging to get the effect you want on the crankbait. Your particular airbrush, the air pressure you shoot at, and your skill level all enter into it so there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Createx says you can thin their paints up to 50% with plain water. The paint will lose its ability to form a coherent film on the crankbait if you thin it too much. Many guys find that thinning paint helps them get better effects. And many prefer to use a thinning solution that will also reduce tip drying and make paint flow smoother. You can buy thinners like Createx 4011 Reducer or you can mix any of several "home brew" reducers to do the same thing for less $$$.

One excellent and very simple formula is 50% Createx paint, 30% water, and 20% Pledge acrylic floor polish with Future.

Another formula that emulates many commercial reducers:

* 3 parts Distilled Water

* 1 part Denatured Alcohol

* 1 part Ammonia Free Window Cleaner (Clear is best)

* A few drops of Glycerin

Createx is one of the most consistent brands in terms of viscosity and chemistry, but whatever the brand or specific color, thinning is about the particular bottle of paint you have in front of you. I don't always thin Createx or any other brand. That said, I expect to thin opaque colors more often than transparent colors. And I always expect to thin paint when trying to shoot more detail at very low pressures.

Edited by BobP

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