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Painting tips for me


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i just started building model cars and I’m a bit overwhelmed. I just tossed my first model in the trash cause it’s garbage. I’m using the Createx paint and all the paints involved. Like the pearls, candy, irradiance, and the Wicked paints. Do I need to scruff the models, use a primer instead of using the Detailed black or white? I have a ton of questions about how to use the Createx line of paints and I haven’t found a Youtube video called “How to paint model cars for dummies” most of all the tips involve shirts and I already have enough of those. Any and all tips, suggestions, or web links are welcomed!

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From what I've read, Createx paints can be tricky. I have some but haven't tried them yet. I've read that the Createx white and black are really hard to work with. The Wicked colors are supposed to be easier. I wash all car bodies with Comet and a brush to thoroughly scuff the shine off everything. Rinse and dry thoroughly, then prime. You should also explain what equipment you are using for more detailed help.

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I have used the Createx line a few times and did not like the results, The paint didn't seem to bond to the body very well and would scratch very easily and the clear was worse. Now with that said I am by no means an expert or even a good airbrush artist but I have turned out some decent paint jobs with it

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... I just tossed my first model in the trash cause it’s garbage. 

You might want to dig it out. Most model paints can be fairly easily stripped off.

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Check out this guy's YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bbHTLgPXaM  , he has some great tips on using water-based acrylic craft paints that I'm sure will apply to Createx.     

Here's another channel with a series on Createx on model cars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z74p0mpNO-Y I haven't watched it but hopefully it has some useful info I saw it in the recommendations on that other video.  

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Ok thanks a bunch guys. I’m using an airbrush, it’s not great I’m just waiting to upgrade to a Iwata eclipse. Since Createx isn’t all that great, what’s a good water based paint? Is Inspire a good paint?

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Check out this guy's YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bbHTLgPXaM  , he has some great tips on using water-based acrylic craft paints that I'm sure will apply to Createx.    

My opinion on Chris's videos is that they are out of date and contain some info (using a Future substitute) that is incorrect. He has some good info but I wish he'd update his stuff. With that said, I've never had much luck with craft acrylics on bodies. Others have. I use them on interiors and chassis parts. That's why I'm going to give the Wicked paints a try on some bodies.

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Why the Createx?  Availability?  Doesn't matter really.  Seems like it is rarely used here, so you may be the one that learns and teaches us all.   You have to experiment with airbrush and paint to find the combination that works for you.  Don't get discouraged - I've been doing this for 30+ years straight and 40+ altogether and am still often discouraged by my results because I don't always get the results I would like.  

I was resistant to acrylics for a long time.  but I have come to accept them for brush painting.  Haven't tried much airbrusing yet, because last time I tried it, I made a huge mess of my airbrush because of compatibility of paints I was using.  May try again, but I have a huge stast of enamels and Duplicolor paints.   

Good luck.  Get that kit out of trash and strip it.  Start over.  Repeat until you get better.  And finish that first kit.  keep it to be able to see your progress as a modeler.  this isn't a hobby that is developed overnight.  First kits are often a rough place.  My first kit from 1974 is probably still soft in a landfill somewhere because of all the tunbe glue I used on it.  One kit=one tube of glue, right?  LOL

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I'm going to try the Createx stuff because of price and local availability. HL 40% off coupons make it worth a try. I'll post what I discover.

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I have used the Createx a couple of times and found it difficult to work with.  I mixed the paint with the Createx Mix additive 4030 in a 90/10 ratio paint to additive.  I shot the paint using an airbrush with a .5mm needle at 40 to 50 psi.  It came out ok.  I have been using Vallejo Model Air Acylics and really like them.  If you are in an area with limited resources Amazon is a great place to find paints and other items.

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I have used the Createx line a few times and did not like the results, The paint didn't seem to bond to the body very well and would scratch very easily and the clear was worse. Now with that said I am by no means an expert or even a good airbrush artist but I have turned out some decent paint jobs with it

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I've used Createx numerous times and I actually liked the results, with that being said the one thing I don't like is the paint dries too quickly as it comes out of the airbrush so constantly have to reclean over and over.  Big P.I.A..   but I think it has allot to do with the very low humidity that we have here in Colorado.

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