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Discussion in 'Beginners help' started by Mr. Magoo, Mar 21, 2016.


  1. Mr. Magoo

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    MY Wicked paint set arrived today and it is a vast improvement. I probably went 3-4 minutes before the brush started to clog and the fine lines got bigger. Amazingly vibrant color. I reduced 1:1 @ around 15 psi, no spidering problems. Will try lower ratios a little later. Interestingly, this paint is more like aniline dye than pigmented paint, so no wonder it comes out easier.
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    Glad you like it, the colours really are great, def play around with your ratios, you will get much more detail control, and even less tip dry :)
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    It's what it says on the label " The adjustable design of this product is to reduce the drying time,...". And when I told Bill Edwards I need to add retarder to my paint because it dries too quickly in the African heat, he said that was what "Condition-air" was for.
  4. Mr. Magoo

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    Thanks, I timed it at 20 mins. b3efore I had to clean the tip. The intensity of the paint makes for much less dilution or transparency resulting from reducing. Went to 150% reduction qnd still got good once-over opacity. Nice. Etac paint should arrive tomorrow and I is anxious to see how THAT performs. Anyway, now I can get in some serious practice time and not spend all of it cleaning the tip, plus I got to see how well the Sotar 20/20 pwerforms. FINALLY !!!
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    Paint type is such a massive underrated factor with airbrushing. People commonly go for the higher end airbrushes before just changing the type of paint they're using.
    You will notice a massive difference from Wicked to Etac (in Etac's favour). You could also try Hoblein Aeroflash paints, com-art and create illustration colors - the createx being the thickest paints of those mentioned.
    The most suitable type of paint you use will also be influenced by the substrate you're painting on.
    Good luck bud!
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    This is what helps me...I add my reducer first, then my Wicked paint...shake that sucker and spray...Im impatient so I dont wait the 5 (suggested) minutes. I also dont
    mix 1:1. Its reduced more than that. White...white is still a booger...but its gonna be no matter what brand of paint.
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    I also experienced that until I got E'tac.
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  9. jaystacy

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    I use com art like it alot but nothing local. I also like wicked and auto air but with those I only reduce with their recommended reducer and I always reduce them by 20 percent or more. With com art I rarely reduce. Also are you shaking or stirring extremely well before you put in brush? And do you use a filter to strain? I noticed with my wicked I needed to strain cause big flakes seem to accumulate and then they get in cup. Also have you lubed the needle. In my temp and dryness I figured out I needed lubed needle or I'd get dry paint on my needle.

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