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How to protect my (almost) finished first project?

Discussion in 'Beginners help' started by maffie, Oct 18, 2016.


  1. maffie

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    Hello all,

    Finally almost finished my first airbrush project. I used createx wicked and a little bit auto air and it painted on canvas.
    The bottle of auto air says it has to be clearcoated. Do I have to buy a special clearcoat for that?
    I only have intercoatclear and transparent base. Or is that good enough?
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    You can/should use varnish. You should be able to get a rattle can (spuitbus :)) at every art supply store or airbrush store (mention it's for water based paint). The few times I worked on canvas I used rattle can schmincke varnish.

    Intercoat clear can be a couple of things depending on which brand it is (but it's not "real" varnish) transprant base is just paint without pigment (so except for adding another layer more or less useless as protection)
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    Createx make a couple of top coats Best used for application on fabric, leather and interior application (so not for vehicles)
    #5603 Matte
    #5604 Gloss

    you shouldn't have any problem with compatability with the auto air or canvas.
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    Golden Polymer varnish is great
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    Wicked and auto air should be fine on canvas without any top coat because gesso is porous and it will cure into it. The reason auto air said to clear coat is because it is on metal and can be scratched right off. If you really want to you can use the inter coat clear or clear with Krylon clear. Or even Save -T by Coast Airbrush. Once the solvent and water is cured out of the paint it is permanent and weather resistant.


    Paint on
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    Maffle sounds like a TAKE YOUR PICK of any of the above,but sounds like they've got it covered:cool:
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    On canvas you need something that is flexible. I use satin artist's acrylic varnish.
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    Thank you all for helping me out!
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    You don't need to top coat Wicked and as mentioned the AA is usually for vehicles so would be cleared. I do recommend the createx matte top coat though, as Jackie says its for fabric, but I have also used it on fabric and board as well as leather, so it is very flexible. I like it because it keeps a natural look, you cant tell that you've used it, it looks milky in the bottle but goes on clear.
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    Yep I second this, @Cordyk this is the stuff you use also right?
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    The varnishes/top coats/clears are not always there to protect the paint. It also helps to even out the shiny and dull bits. Transparent paints are normally more glossy that opaques. And some places does not have any paint at all.
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    Last week I ordered the gloss and matt topcoat from createx and its arived. I can't choose between the gloss and the matt, because I think the colors will pop nicer with the gloss, but I am a little bit affraid that the canvas will look to shiny against a wall. But I was thinking; I can spray the gloss coat first and than look whats happening. If I'm not happy with it, I can go over with the matt finish, am I right?

    The bottles says I need to reduce with the illustration reducer, unfortunately I don't have it. I have 4011 flash reducer & 4012 high preformance reducer. I read a lot that it is possible to mixing different series of createx, except the original createx. So I don't think I can use my reducer?
    Is straight out the bottle a good option? Or should I order illustration reducer? (I don't prefer this option, because of all the shipping coast each time...yeah yeah..I know..If I have don better research I could have ordered the same time :))
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    4012 is also Illustration reducer. I got it in my set.

    You can also mix the gloss and the matt and get a satin effect.
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    thank you! A bit confusing al thoose different reducers.
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    You can use the W500 high performance for all created products apart from Auto Bourne dealer :)
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    I thought 4012 high performance reducer was the only reducer that can be used with auto borne Sealer?!
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    I may be confussed! Its late but for some reason I thought that!! Let me know what you find
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    They are the same thing, just named differently for the different lines of paint within createx. I think they may have even stopped calling it w500 now? At least I can't find it in the UK under that name any more.
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    i got 4012 in the set with my illustration paints.

    Lee
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    From CreatexColors web site:

    4012 (w500) For use with Auto Air Colors, Wicked Colors, Illustration Colors and AutoBorne Sealers. Paint has a 72 hour pot-life after mixing with High Performance Reducer. (not for use with 'standard' create for textiles. )

    for more info on additives/reducers/cleaners here is the pdf
    http://www.createxcolors.com/application-guides.html#prettyPhoto/2/

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