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Neon graphic colours that spray transparent out-of-the-bottle, with a 0.5mm airbrush tip-size. Thin with 4011 Reducer for increased transparency and use with smaller airbrush tip-sizes. Fluorescent colours are not lightfast. For exterior use, Very translucent. Best applied over a color-keyed base of Wicked Opaque or apply over a color-keyed AutoBorne Sealer base.
EG: Spray Fluro Yellow over Autoborne 6004 Yellow
Air pressure generally lower 20s to 35+ psi.
Wicked Colors are a multi-surface paint and can be used in a wide variety of applications, and are compatible for use with most any primer, paint and clear type. Always test first before using on an actual project.
Refer to Hard-Surface Application Guide for information on use of Wicked Colors when painting hard surfaces such as plastic, urethane, wood, primer, and other non-porous surfaces or for use as automotive base-coat & graphic paint.
For best adhesion to non-porous surfaces, start with AutoBorne Sealer. Wicked Colors may be applied over AutoBorne Sealer without scuffing, with quicker coverage and drying times compared to applying Wicked Colors direct to substrate.
Mixing Wicked Colors
Wicked Colors may be sprayed with a 0.5mm tip-sized airbrush at 35+ psi out of the bottle, or
may be thinned with 4011 Reducer for smaller airbrush tip-sizes, or
may also be mixed with 4030 Balancing Clear or 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear to create an acrylic-urethane paint better suited for use onto hard-surface substrates or as automotive paint.
Wicked Colors spray well through any airbrush tip-size. For out-of-the-bottle use, spray with a 0.5mm tip-size ~ 35 psi or more. For use with smaller-tip-sizes and lower psi settings, thin Wicked Colors with 4011 Reducer.
Generally, 4011 Reducer, or other Createx Reducer, is mixed 10% - 20% per volume with Wicked Colors for spraying with an airbrush tip-size of 0.3mm or larger.
For use with smaller tip-sizes, add 4011 Reducer up to 30% per volume.
Add 4011 Reducer in small increments of ~ 5% per volume until paint atomizes into fine particle-size droplets.
To thin colors greater than 30% per volume with 4011 Reducer, extend with 4004 Transparent Base to maintain adequate resin load for best adhesion and durability. Mixing with 4030 or 4005 also adds resin to maintain integrity of coating.
Airbrush Tip-Size Quick Guide: Large, 0.5+ mm. 35+ psi out of the bottle. Medium, 0.3mm.+Reduce 15% - 20% per vol. Small, 0.2mm or less Reduce 25% + per vol.
Add reducer in small increments in a mixing cup.
Adding 4030 or 4050:
When mixing Wicked Colors with 4030 Balancing Clear or 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear, add greater amounts of reducer to thin to airbrush viscosity.
Add 4030 or 4050 10% - 20% per vol. to Wicked, then thin 10% - 20% per vol. with 4011 Reducer.
Allow 10+ minutes for paint mix to acclimate before spraying.
Wicked Colors spray best with a spray-gun when mixed with 4050 Balancing Clear. Mix Wicked Colors 3:1 4050 (add 4050 25% per vol.), thin 10% – 20% per volume with 4011 Reducer.
Spray-Gun tip-size: 1.2mm – 1.3mm
Spray at gun manufacturer’s inlet psi specification.
4011 Reducer is the standard thinner for all Createx paints including Wicked Colors. Other Createx Reducers may be used to thin Wicked Colors, however when mixing with 4030 Balancing Clear or 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear, only thin with 4011 Reducer.
Allow reduced mix 10+ minutes to acclimate before spraying as reduced breaks down water surface tension for improved flow.
Drying and Cure Times
Times set at ~ 70⁰F (21⁰C), 50% Humidity. Allow for more dry time in cooler or more humid conditions.
Minimum Dry Times: Re-Coat Time: 10 – 15 minutes Time to Tape: 45 – 60 minutes Time to Clear: 60 minutes
Mixing with 4030 Balancing Clear and 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear shorten dry times.
Use warm, dry air to assist drying. Do not force cure with heat; doing so will affect adhesion.
Full cure is after 48-hours. Do not water-submerge before paint has fully cured.
Dry sand only. Sanding not required prior to top-coating with clear or other paint type. When mixed with 4030 or 4050, Wicked Colors shave best when sanded with 800 - 1000 grit sandpaper.
Wicked Colors are compatible with all other Createx paints and clears. Wicked Colors are also generally compatible with any other type of water-based and solvent-based paint.
When using Wicked Colors with solvent-based paints & clears, allow each to cure, (dry thoroughly for an extended period of at least 1 hour), prior to applying the next paint-type. Water-based and solvent-based may only be inter-coated, not directly mixed.
Always make a test panel prior to using a new paint, primer, cleaner or clear. A test panel is the best way to determine whether any compatibility issues exist between materials.
Storage & Shelf-Life After Reducing Paint
Best practice is to only thin Wicked Colors with 4011 Reducer, or other Createx Reducers, in amounts that will be sprayed within 24-hours after mixing. Although Wicked Colors do not have a true pot-life after reducing, (i.e. are not a reactive paint-mix which, at some point after, become unusable), there is an eventual loss of spray-performance due to an increase in viscosity of paint as it loses water through evaporation and flashing of solvent (alcohol) from Wicked + Reducer mix.
Keeping paint air-capped air-tight, at all times unless actually pouring paint from the bottle, minimizes.
Mixing Wicked Colors with 4030 Balancing Clear or 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear does not promote loss of water-content when mixed, its only when 4011 Reducer or other reducers are added that shelf-life is shortened.
If paint that was reduced for more than 1 day does not spray well due to a change in viscosity, i.e., is too thick to spray well, mix paint with 4004 Transparent Base, the resin-base extender of Wicked Colors, in any amount.
Best practice is to strain this mix with a 190-micron mesh strainer, then thin with 4011 Reducer.
Cleaning from Airbrush or Spray-Gun
Wicked Colors are best rinsed from the airbrush or spray-gun with 5618 Airbrush Cleaner or 4011 Reducer. Use 4008 Restorer as a rinse for final clean to remove dried paint from airbrush or spray-gun. Rinse with water after.
Cleaning Wicked Colors With a solvent-Based Degreaser
Wicked Colors should only be cleaned after the paint has thoroughly dried, best 48 hours. Use a solvent-based degreaser or odorless mineral spirits to clean Wicked Colors.
Health & Safety
Use in a well-ventilated area. Avoid contact with eyes. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after use. Do not ingest. When spraying or sanding, use a properly fitting NIOSH approved respirator per the manufacturer’s instructions. Eye contact: Rinse with clean water for 15 minutes. Seek medical attention. Inhalation: Use in in well ventilated areas and wear a NIOSH approved respirator. Refer to Wicked Colors SDS for additional information