View Full Version : Thinning dark colors

05-24-2015, 09:12 AM
I was painting plugs last night. I was trying to paint the back of my plugs with a dark brown. No matter what I did the color was too black. Is there a way to thin the paint with out loosing the color? I know that if you have a black and you add white to it will turn gray provided you don't have too much black in which case it will remain dark. If you thin out the black and it turns gray will it turn black if you put enough light coats of gray? Guess what I really want to know is how do you thin the Createx paints when you want to retain the color but want a very light almost translucent look on the plug. another question how would you thin an orange to make light translucent coats and retain the same color you started with? Thanks charlie

Eric Roach
05-25-2015, 12:40 AM
I think what you are trying to do can be best accomplished with transparent Createx paints. You can go very light or strongly colored and it would still be translucent.

05-25-2015, 07:24 AM
I find by lowering the air pressure under 20lb, i.e. 15lb w/ a thinned mix creates a transparent effect.createx transparent still coverss solid when applied in heavy coats w/ higher pressure. experiment with adding drops of water to your paint in a small mixing cup. 1/4mixing cupof paint , i addaround 4 drops to thin. I don't do a entire bottle. Hope this helps.

O.D. Mike
05-25-2015, 01:32 PM
Use 4011 reducer to thin paints if you are thinning paints.

I agree with Eric Roach about using transparent Createx paints. I've heard of some people mixing clear to get a similar effect.