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#11395438 - 02/05/16 07:32 PM Getting a consistent spray
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I'm having a tough time getting my mixture right. I know the mix is supposed to be like milk, but I'm having a tough time with it. Didn't paint colors have different consistencies. Any tips?
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#11395698 - 02/05/16 09:36 PM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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I mix all colors the same 50/50 on createx and wiked, 40/60 on folkart, Americana, and apple barrel. Also I always put my reducer in the mixing cup first and count the amount of drops then add the right amount of paint.

Some people mix in the hopper of the gun I personally do not like doing this because the paint is heavier than the reducer and always goes to the bottom and I end up with a clogged nozzle.

This is just how I do it and the way that works best for me, I'm sure some of the other guys will have their own process that works for them.


Also another thing I do is mix up bigger quantities of paint at a time and put them in their own 2oz bottles like you can buy at Walmart. Like a travel shampoo bottle. Then I have my paint ready to spray right out of the bottle. Just a shake it for 15 seconds or so and right into the gun. Really a big time saver if you do your white base paint this way. More thank likely you will use more white than any other color so my base paint I use 4oz bottles.


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#11395765 - 02/05/16 10:22 PM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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Thanks. I'm going to get some bottles tomorrow
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#11395867 - 02/06/16 12:38 AM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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Good thing with the bottles is if you start with a 2 oz bottle of paint put half in your empty bottle and fill it with reducer of your choice and your good to go make sure and label your new bottles when you get a couple hundred colors it's hard to keep track of which one is which lol.
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#11402552 - 02/09/16 09:00 AM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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This helped tremendously. Paint went on much better. Not sure if the final result is any better, but the process was far better.

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#11402584 - 02/09/16 09:07 AM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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Looks like a fish catcher to me
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#11402663 - 02/09/16 09:33 AM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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I've noticed the fish aren't nearly as picky as we are.
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#11403118 - 02/09/16 12:49 PM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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Well done. Looks like your Neo is working good.

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#11403269 - 02/09/16 01:51 PM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: Blue Moon]
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Originally Posted By: Blue Moon
Well done. Looks like your Neo is working good.

Blue Moon


I was trying to mix it in the cup. Bought a bunch of bottles and premixed. It made a world of difference. And Thanks.

Where I fish most often, bluegill are the number one forage for bass. So, that's the pattern I have worked on the most. Chartreuse/blue back or black back would be another productive pattern. I'll probably be painting a few of those in the next few days.
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#11403282 - 02/09/16 01:55 PM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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I also need to work on some stencils. That's mostly freehand, and I need some stencils that have a more broken pattern for the vertical lines. I played with some scale patterns last night too. The pre-mixed paint works better for that too, even though I'm not sure how much scale patterns matter much. I think that's more for us consumers.
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#11403327 - 02/09/16 02:14 PM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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Curious what paint and reducer you were having a problem mixing in the cup? I'm not having any issues mixing in the cup but I'm not using any home brews and I mix really well. I also always write down my mix ratios, air pressure at airbrush, airbrush needle size, and environmental conditions so I have a reference for future use.

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#11403360 - 02/09/16 02:32 PM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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Createx with illustration base. Wicked with wicked reducer. Just wasn't getting it consistent. Mixing larger quantities makes for greater margin of error. When only using a few drops of each, an extra drop changes the ratio pretty drastically. mix up a few ounces and a few extra drops of one or the other doesn't matter much. Plus, I can see that it's mixed well, nothing hanging down in the gun that didn't mix well.
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#11403471 - 02/09/16 03:12 PM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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I purchase Wicked reducer and paint in larger bottles since cost per oz is substantially less that way. On the other hand it's very difficult, OK impossible, to count drops falling from the bigger bottles so I tend to use an eye dropper for the paint drops and just keep a 2 oz bottle of the w500/4012 (same thing) mostly full by topping it off from the larger bottle.

It's pretty easy to count out drops from a 2 oz size bottle, very difficult to count out of a 16 oz bottle and next to impossible to count out of the 32 oz bottle - not to mention the lingering smell of the w500/4012 is never appreciated by your sweetheart when it spills all over your workstation.

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#11405021 - 02/10/16 09:21 AM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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#11405254 - 02/10/16 11:07 AM Re: Getting a consistent spray [Re: swalker9513]
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those look legit to me. nice work here's a few i did last night. sort of a bluish gizzard shad....or somthing. trying to capture a shiny shad look without going to holographic blanks. only the wake bait on the bottom right has epoxy.



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