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#10704651 - 03/18/15 10:34 AM Thinning the paint
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So, I've seen all sorts of videos on thinning paint with other products, rather than the "recommended products". Windex seems to be the most popular. Has anyone done that?

Any helpful tips on thinning the paint?
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#10706002 - 03/18/15 05:54 PM Re: Thinning the paint [Re: swalker9513]
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I've used Windex. Wasn't too pleased with the way it mixed...made the paint form drops....maybe it was something I was doing....anyway gave it up pretty quickly.

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#11845417 - 09/23/16 03:23 PM Re: Thinning the paint [Re: swalker9513]
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Createx 4012 reducer works great...on extremely humid or colder days try 4020 reducer. 5601 transparent base works well with Createx Airbrush Colors...as does 5608 Illustration base. 5608 can be used as an inter-coat or as a clear sealer before 2 part epoxy or Envirotex is used.

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#11846539 - 09/24/16 12:49 PM Re: Thinning the paint [Re: swalker9513]
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If anything over reduce your paint...turn down the air pressure and use lots of extra coats to get the color you want. Over thinned paint tends to "spider" so you may need to pay close attention to "distancing" from your blank.
Over reduced paint is less prone to clog the tip and atomizes better than under reduced paint. So start thin and, if you need too, add a little paint to get to the best paint consistency for your work. By the way...mix your paint and reducer in something other than your airbrush cup...for best results

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#11855265 - 09/29/16 08:14 AM Re: Thinning the paint [Re: swalker9513]
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bump

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#11855370 - 09/29/16 09:13 AM Re: Thinning the paint [Re: swalker9513]
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this is what i use for reducer 99% of the time been using it for over a year and have had zero issues using it. price is alot better than any other reducers i have used in the past aswell, and imo the paint dries with a harder finish using this.
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#11857001 - 09/30/16 08:37 AM Re: Thinning the paint [Re: swalker9513]
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I think I can offer a simple explanation on the value of Future floor finish- essentially you are adding to the acrylic medium already in the paint by adding more uncolored acrylic medium so the amount of pigment per volume is decreased while maintaining consistency in the behavior, flow, and transport of the suspended pigment (color)... in other words, you're mixing colored acrylic "paint" with additional clear acrylic "paint" so your liquid behaves the same and dries the same as using straight pigmented liquid paint but the color is diluted and spread out over a larger area. (not sure if that was exactly a simple explanation, but maybe a more structured one). I completely agree that one of the best things about using Future as part of a "mixture" is that it's a floor wax/finish, so using it to dilute your paint is like adding a protective coating to your colors. Similar to spraying a sealer on after the fact. Particularly helpful with non solvent based acrylic paints that tend to be less hard after drying. Createx colors designed for painting cloth or some low cost acrylic paints, might be good examples of softer paints.
Personally I shy away from using Future floor finish as a reducer and instead rely on products designed specifically to "reduce" acrylics. It does, however, make for a great sealer and I use it occasionally. Ultimately, you'll need to decide for yourself if its right for your purposes.

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