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Well I'm getting started in lure painting, I recently purchased an IWATA ECLIPSE and 3 sets or CREATEX (pearlized, opaque, tropical) paint, I have not yet painted a single lure yet. so my question is did I really need to purchase CREATEX paint or is there other brand name paints that are cheaper that work just as well? HOBBY LOBBY $4.99 per 2oz KINDA PRICEY for me. luckily I came across sets that where much cheaper at COASTAIRBRUSH.COM. So one last question the airbrush I baught was origanally $210 dollars at Hobby Lobby but I had a 40% off coupon. Was purchasing this expensive airbrush needed? OK well I hope I can get those two questions answered. THANK YOU much ahead of time.

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First, welcome to the forum Bass, good to have new people.

No, you don't need to use Createx, but it is a common one to use for water based paint.  I normally use that Hobby Lobby 40% off when I can.  

Buying it on line is also a good idea.

As for other brands, as long as it is an Airbrush Paint, you will be OK.  Some standard hobby paints are not airbrush worthy and don't have the pigment ground fine enough for the smaller needles.  That could be a problem.

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Learn to clean your brush quickly, so you won't be tempted to skip it and wind up with a frozen/blocked brush.

Also most air brush paint shoots better when thinned to the consistency of skim milk.  Many lighter coats, heat dried with a hair dryer before you spray the next coat, will let you build up to a color you like quickly.  One thick coat won't dry completely, and you'll wind up with moisture trapped under your paint, which will cause problems when you add your top coat.

Take your time, practice on some white paper, and some white PVC pipe, to learn what your air brush can do, and how the paint is applied.

Good luck, and good painting!

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My suggestion is to look forward, not backward. You have purchased a very good airbrush and excellent paint. Don't question these choices - everyone will have an opinion.

Here are some additional suggestions:1) Get a good regulator / water trap combo. The ability to vary air pressure between 0 - 30 psi is very important. 2) Get the brand recommended reducer and transparent base (basically paint with no pigment in it). This will allow you to make colors more transparent, creating more depth to your color schemes. 3) Watch some tutorials online. 4) Search the threads on this site for color recommendations and homemade tools.

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Paint sounds expensive, but 2 oz. paints a lot of baits. Even for doing a full white base coat, I only use 5 to 8 drops per bait, depending on bait size. And I still end up shooting some into my waste jar.

It ends up being one of the least expensive items once you are stocked up. Blanks, clear-coats, and hooks will all set you back way more than the paint.

 

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All good advice so far I would only add a couple pointers I kept a piece of pvc pipe next to the booth and tested colors on that you get different results from the same paint over different base coats and don't get discouraged and overthink your decisions of color choice once you've clear coated you will find that makes the paint pop and don't forget to get micro glitter and play with adding small amounts to your clear coat you get amazing results

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Again don't get discouraged. This is a skill that takes a lot of practice to become good at. One nice thing about water based acrylic paints is that they are easy to wash off and repaint. I've done it often. The plugs don't have to be painted perfectly for the fish to eat them. Have fun with your new hobby. Carl

 

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Nicely done.  Re paint:  Createx (and its sub-brands like Autoair) is the most popular airbrush paint for good reason.  It’s available everywhere and it maintains a high quality standard and consistency.  That said, there are many other brands including taxidermy paint brands that I mix and match with no problems.  As for price, I think you will find that airbrush paint lasts a very long time because you are using very small amounts of it on a single bait.  I buy the 4 oz bottles and as a hobby builder, only need to buy 2-3 bottles per year to replenish my paint box.  To me, using non-airbrush cheap hobby paint is definitely penny wise but pound foolish since a lot of it will just not shoot reliably through an airbrush.

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Nice setup!

I use the same setup as you have and it works extremely well. I have a bunch of other airbrushes and use them all but my favorite is the cheap Master brand one for when I am doing baits.

The hobby acrylics really suck for spraying through an airbrush. You can add a bunch of acrylic reducer to them to get the right consistency to flow correctly through the airbrush and they will work but it is just too much effort. Also sometimes you need to replicate the mix and it is tough to repeat what ratio you used. I used to measure it out and would get pretty close but it's a pain in the neck and that is why I just get Createx or the likes of it.

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On 1/30/2018 at 4:40 AM, BassQuatch INC said:

Thank you all so much for your replies. It is all very helpful.  This will be my “paint booth” set up for the moment.

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Cool picture of your booth!  I am also new to the hobby... about 18 months.   After a while with a similar set up inside, I found a lot of paint dust settling on flat surfaces in my office.... also noted my pups and  I were breathing a lot of it to a point where one of my dogs started to have a cough.   So i went out and spent around $70 on a Master Airbrush spray booth on amazon that seems to help suck most of the excess spray into its filter and exhaust the air out the window vent that comes with it....  Dust seems to have almost completely dissappeared.

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  My first post.  All of you be very careful when using the more "user-unfriendly" paints and solvents.  I was careless and took my respirator off too soon after spaying in my basement.  I spent several days in the hospital with pneumonia May of 2015, and again in June of 2016!  I was holding my breath, (no pun) all through July of 2017.   But I no longer spray in the basement: I've set up in a back corner of my detached garage.   I'm glad someone posted a comment about cedar dust being harmful.  Guess I'll wear my mask while turning. 

   I love the character in red cedar so much that I leave quite a bit of it exposed through the finished lure.  If I ever figure out the finer points of "facebooking" I'll send some pictures.  I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer with computers.  I thought I needed my own page.  Every book has pages -- facebook -- facepage.  Makes sense to me!    

  To anyone who wants some red cedar blanks 5 to 7 inches long, 1/2 to maybe 3/4 inches square, I'll send them to you for whatever the mailing costs.  They're not kiln dried, but they've been gathering dust in my attic for, oh three to six years.  So -- kiln dried or no, they have baked in that attic!  I have more than I'll ever use.   I'll have to have my wife check to tell if I get any responses.  I'm still a babe with this "facepagi -- er, facebooking" thing.

Tight lines and trust God

Talleyho

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