Edited March, 2022
Wicked Colors are water-based, fluid acrylic colors with specialized performance for airbrush and spray-gun application. Wicked Colors are made with a durable, non-yellowing acrylic resin and lightfast pigments (except Fluorescent Colors, which are fugitive). Wicked Colors features a comprehensive line of colors and is Createx’ s largest line of pearls, metallics and effect pearl-flake colors. Wicked Colors are intended for use as interior and exterior application. Wicked Colors can be applied direct to the surface or substrate, such as when panting t-shirts and canvas. Start with AutoBorne Sealer when painting hard-surfaces, with the optional top-coat of a durable clear such as Createx UVLS Clears. For automotive (helmets, bikes and cars), top-coat with a 2k, solvent-based, urethane clear.
Wicked Colors can essentially be used one of 3 ways:
4011 Reducer is the standard thinner for Wicked Colors and what our recommended drying times are based on. Other thinners such as 4013 Reducer, may be substituted, test first for any differences in drying times if doing so.
Transparent Colors – Standard Wicked Colors are transparent graphic colors that cover well out of the bottle due to a high pigment volume but may be extended to make a more translucent color. Spray well out of the bottle with a 0.5mm – 0.3mm tip-size and will spray a little better after thinning 5% - 25% per volume with 4011 Reducer for smaller airbrush tip- sizes. Air pressure generally set at lower 20 to 35+ psi.
Opaque Colors – Made for coverage. Opaque Colors are made to cover opaque in 2 – 3 coats. Wicked Opaque Colors are with a high pigment volume and refined clay to allow colors to cover quickly while having a high chroma. Wicked Opaque Colors are made with a single load of pigment for a brighter, cleaner color. Air pressure is ~ 20 – 35+ psi.
Fluorescent Colors – Neon colors. Not Lightfast! Very translucent. Best applied over a color-keyed base of Wicked Opaque or AutoBorne Sealer , for ex. Wicked W024 Fluorescent Yellow applied over 6004 Sealer Yellow. Fluorescent colors generally spray well out-of-the-bottle through a 0.5mm and 0.35mm. Add 4011 Reducer sparingly if thinning as colors are low viscosity already. Air pressure is generally in the lower 20s to 35+ psi.
Pearl & Metallic Colors – Shimmering, pearlescent base colors best applied over a white, black, or color-keyed AutoBorne Sealer Base. Colors spray best through a 0.5mm+ tip-sized airbrush but can be used with a 0.3mm tip when thinned generously, up to 30% per volume with 4011 Reducer for use with an airbrush. Air pressure generally upper 20s to 35+ psi.
Mix 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear, or 4030 Balancing Clear, with Pearlescent & Metallic Colors for improved orientation and leveling, as well as adhesion and durability. We prefer new 4050, however either is better than not adding a mixing clear. Mix generally 10% per volume for airbrush, 20% per volume for spray-gun. Thin this mix with 4011 Reducer, 10% per volume for spray-gun, 20% - 30% airbrush.
Allow mix 10+ minutes to acclimate (reduces surface-tension for improved leveling).
Aluminums – W355 Fine , W354 Medium and W356 Coarse are varying grades of actual aluminum-flakes.
Apply over 6013 Silver Sealer for an even orientation. 6013 is made with a mixture of the same aluminum flakes, allowing Aluminums to cover quickly to help avoid a rough looking finish created by “stacking” the aluminum-flakes with too many coats.
Apply 2 medium coats of Aluminum over 6013 Silver Sealer creates the effect, along with an optional drop-coat (orientation), See Createx YouTube Channel for Drop-Coat how-to video .
Like Pearlescent & Metallic Colors, Aluminum Colors orientate and level better when mixed with 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear or 4030 Balancing Clear. See Mix with 4050 information at the bottom of page 1 for more.
W357 Quicksilver , W358 Gold Chrome – Billet aluminum best applied over a gloss white or black base such as Wicked W017 Gloss White or W018 Gloss Black .
Pearl-Flake Colors – Flake of varying sizes of pearl suspended in a transparent base for application as a mid-coat, most often over a black base such as AutoBorne 6002 Sealer Black.
Pearl-flake colors are somewhat concentrated in the bottle and can be generously extended by mixing with 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear up to 1:1. Thin with 4011 Reducer, 10% per volume spray-gun, 20% - 30% per volume airbrush.
Pearl-flakes may also be mixed with candy2o to make candied pearl colors that are deep and vibrant. Mix candy2o, pearl-flake and 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear in equal parts, or with more 4050 in mix. Thin as needed with 4011 Reducer.
Hot Rod Sparkle Colors – Large pearl-flakes that create a coarse pearl-effect just under that of metal-flake.
Apply with a 0.5mm or larger tip-size airbrush.
Cosmic Sparkle Colors – Small pearl flakes that create a more uniform, subtle pearl-flake effect compared to Hot Rod Sparkle flakes. Cosmic Sparkles are 8-sided, uniform crystals that allow for an even, uniform orientation that is a more refined effect compared to Hot Rod Sparkle.
Cosmic colors are concentrated and spray excellent mixed 1:1 4050 Clear. Thin 10% - 30% per volume with 4011 Reducer.
Spray through a 0.5mm and a 0.3mm airbrush tip-size or 1.2mm / 1.3mm spray-gun tip-size.
Hi-Lite Interference - Accent pearls with a soft effect. Very similar to the shimmering effect of pearlescent fish scale.
Detail Colors – An artist palette of colors that are made with a smaller size of resin-particle (a sub-micron sheer) for better atomization and flow at lower psi settings compared with standard Wicked Colors, which would require more thinning with 4011 Reducer for flow through the same airbrush tip-size.
Wicked Flair Colors – Color-shifting pearl-flakes suspended in a transparent base.
4004 Transparent Base – Transparent resin base to Wicked Colors. Appears milky in solution and dries to a clear finish.
Wicked W017 Gloss White
W018 Gloss Black.
Semi-opaque white and black that air dry to a glossy finish.
Gloss White & Black are intended as a reflective base for W357 Quicksilver and W358 Gold Chrome.
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.
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.
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.
How to thin Wicked colors for airbrushing is the most asked product question we receive, and the answer is its subjective. Generally, 4011 Reducer, or other Createx Reducer, is mixed 10% - 30% per volume with Wicked Colors, with more reducer added as the tip-size gets smaller. Thinning with reducer isn’t required, and some artists may prefer no reducer while other may prefer mixing ratios different than our recommendations. Each method of thinning is correct.
What matters is atomization for a smooth looking color, and adequate drying time for adhesion and coating development.
Add 4011 Reducer in small increments of ~ 5% per volume until paint atomizes into fine particle-size droplets.
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.
Wicked Colors spray best with a spray-gun when mixed with 4050 Balancing Clear.
Mix Wicked Colors 4:1 4050 (add 4050 20% per vol.),
thin ~ 10% per volume with 4011 Reducer.
Mixing with 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear
Wicked Colors are made with an acrylic-resin. Mixing 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear and 4030 Balancing Clear are made with a urethane-resin; adding wither to Wicked Colors improves mar resistance, leveling, as well as adhesion and flow. While not absolutely necessary, the performance gains created adding 4030 or 4050 paint are significant.
Thinning with A Reducer
4011 Reducer is the standard thinner for all Createx paints including Wicked Colors. Times for drying, taping and top-coating in the Createx Hard-Surface Guide are set with colors thinned with 4011 Reducer.
Allow reduced mix 10+ minutes to acclimate before spraying as reduced breaks down water surface tension for improved flow and leveling.
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, 4-hours better, overnight best.
Use warm, dry air to assist drying.
Do not force cure with heat; doing so will affect adhesion.
If using heated air, do not force air direct at paint. Its best to allow initial wet coat start to dry matte before using warm air to assist drying. Full cure is after 48-hours.
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. Scratch marks will show through final clear after sanding. Hide scratch marks with a light coat or two of color.
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.
Scuffing Createx paints is often not required for adhesion before applying another Createx paint, such as Wicked Colors over AutoBorne Sealer. Only when Wicked Colors is applied over 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear (ex. 4050 used as inter-coat for taping & masking over), may scuffing be required.
Over solvent-based paints and primer, scuff those paints 600 – 800 grit sandpaper before applying Wicked Colors, or AutoBorne Sealer.
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.
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.
Achieving a great looking paintjob often starts with a test panel. If the results are off, email us at email@example.com to see if we can help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Refer to UVLS Clears SDS for additional information
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