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Long-term test: Red Paints Lightfastness

Discussion in 'Paints' started by AndreZA, Apr 8, 2021.


  1. AndreZA

    AndreZA Love this place! Forum Supporter Very Likeable!

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    Just over a year ago I painted some red swatches to see how they hold up the African sun. Here are the results with some surprises.

    Full article can be read here. https://avwairbrushworks.wordpress.com/2021/04/08/long-term-test-red-paints-lightfastness/


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  2. Ronald art

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    great test I already knew that Etac red hold up in the sun real well under a good clear coat
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    Really interesting results. At the same time it’s kind of worrying for anyone using Createx for automotive purposes.
  4. Ttxela

    Ttxela Artist of the Month! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    Must be what Vauxhall used through the 80's and 90's. Never saw one that didn't turn pink after a few years!
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    Ronald art Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    I never wanted to mention the createx autoair that was used on a custom chopper paint job by a guy living a few streets down the road . it was a custom flame job that faded with in a year not just the red but also the orange and yellow colors
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    Im actually not surprised by the CI red fade, its aimed at art, not automotive. I'd have been surprised if the wicked / wicked detail had faded to that extent. Although Ron has pointed out that an 'Autoair' paint job faded out so maybe there result would have been the same across the entire createx range.
    I was however pleasantly surprised by the Etac not really fading out a great deal.

    Thank you André, you've done several of these tests over the years and they're always informative.
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    Haha, that’s very true!


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    I wonder if the new Wicked Opaques will do better. Supposedly they have the UVLS built right in at the factory.


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    I looked at their TDS, and they mention several times they want you to use UVLS clear, either mixed, or as a topcoat with the illustrations that are gonna be used outdoors.
    I'm currently in the process of dumping all Createx and switching to E'tac.

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