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Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by Georgia, Jun 30, 2019.


  1. Georgia

    Georgia Young Tutorling

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    Hello everyone,
    This might be a dumb question but I’m gonna shoot my shot anyway ...

    I have a needle size of .3mm and my paint is suitable for a .5mm needle, how many drops of paint to thinner ratio would I need to help my paint run smoothly.

    Thanks in advance :)
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    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Admin

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    What paint? Each brand has a different reduction ratio .
    Most recommend 1 drop paint to 3 drops reducer. But some paints like Comart needs no reduction .
    Best advice is put the paint in straight out the bottle and try spraying it at 35 PSI then reduce until you get the flow you want.
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    AndreZA Elite Member! Elite Member! Very Likeable!

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    Keep on reducing untill it flows as you require. No hard and fast rule.
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    the problem lies in the "suitable for 0.5 nozzle" I have paints that need that 0.5 nozzle no matter how thin I make it the pigment size will not get smaller and it will never go trough a 0.3 nozzle but I am talking about a paint with a pearl flake in it but I can imagine that if a manufacturer states the paint needs a 0.5 nozzle it will be due to the pigment size and not the thickness of the paint itself
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    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Mod Artist of the Month!

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    "I have a needle size of .3mm and my paint is suitable for a .5mm needle" - what paint is it... are you talking about Createx...?
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    Georgia Young Tutorling

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    The paint I am using is the Createx wicked colours :)
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    Direct quote from the Createx website for the Wicked/Wicked Detail TDS:

    • Large tip-size: Out-of-bottle / 0.5mm / 35+ psi.
    • Medium tip-size: Dilute 4011 or 4012 10% per vol. / 0.3mm / 25 -35 psi.
    • Small tip-size: Wicked Detail Colors diluted 4011 or 4012 / 0.18mm tip size / low psi settings.
    • Generally, the small the tip size, the lower the psi, the more 4011 or 4012 is added to paint.

    If you are using metalics/pearls then generally you wont be able to use anything smaller than .5
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    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Mod Artist of the Month!

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    There you go... RTFM... What the manufacturer says!
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