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Old 02-02-2019, 07:02 AM
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paints thinned?

Im totally new to air brushing. In the past I used Molotow spray cans for a few purposes in my work. As I want more control on the spray, I bought this airbrush kit.

I watched some videos about how to make your own gun readfypaint, as I have some acrylics in the house. I needed a gold one for an aura but after 2 different dilluting trials, I clogged the gun and thought Id ask the forum.

I understand that it needs to be "milky" but just for a boost to self-confidence, I bought 3 bottles of paint: Liquitex Ink, Aero Color from Schmicke and Molotow One4all. The art shop here also holds Createx.
Do these need to be further thinned with medium? I read some do but those mentioned in those posts are notravailable in the shop here.
I hope someone can drop in a short answer, sorry for the long story, just needed to give sufficient info.
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Old 02-02-2019, 03:47 PM
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Re: paints thinned?

I'm also a newbie at this, but I'll tell my experience:

ALL the paints were a problem when I used the FINEST needle. I changed to the next size bigger (there are 3 in the set, don't know the sizes though) and there were NO PROBLEMS after that, without thinning at all. It seems only the heavy-bodied, made-for-painting acrylics need to be thinned, with my hobby-quality airbrush (disregarding the smallest needle.)
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Old 02-02-2019, 06:20 PM
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Re: paints thinned?

The aero color works in airbrushes with a nozzle size bigger than 0.2 mm. Normally you don't need to dilute them at all... Createx yes you need to reduce it a bit, and it comes with an alcohol based reduced from createx. Gold, silvers and other similar effect colors are much thicker, so maybe you need to reduce them a bit.
You can reduce with water, but use distilled water or bottled, not from the tab. And you reduce only adding a drop or two max.
Increase the pressure of the compressor (I use 25 to 30 psi normally) and use a wet cotton bud to clean the tip frequently (but with care not to bend it)
If you want to make normal acrylics usable for airbrush, see my post on mixing acrylics.
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Old 03-02-2019, 11:02 AM
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Re: paints thinned?

For perfect air brush paint, you can buy small size air compressor. Air compressor will give you perfect air pressure needed for your job. Even you can minimize or maximize air pressure for the nature of your job.
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