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Wicked flourescent colors - how to make them "pop"?

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#1 gc4895


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 05:43 PM

Previously I only used Faskolor and I thinned it with Golden airbrush medium. I had OK results with this.
Now, I'm experimenting with Createx and Wicked color paints. I got a big bottle of Createx high-performance reducer, which I haven't used before. I have seen everything from water to Formula 409 recommended for thinning. I'm hoping that my upgrade in psi from my new Kobold quiet tech 120 psi pancake compressor will make this a little easier. 
Also, I just bought the fun eight-pack of Wicked fluorescent colors. Anyone have good experience to relate using these? My guess is light color applications - maybe two light sprays of color - backed up with opaque white? What about silver?  My guess is, with what little experience I have with fluorescent colors, is that white back-up is key to getting these to work.
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Posted 17 December 2018 - 05:53 PM

White back up works best for me when I use Tamiya Fluorescent orange, yellow and light green  spray paint.

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 06:16 PM

white, no question.....

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 06:18 PM

Absolutely undercoat with white to make the color pop.  For regular colors, undercoating with black changes the tone, which you can use to great effect (the website shows each color undercoated with black to white).  

For some added resistance to scratching, give a light undercoat of 5604 top coat, also makes it easier to wipe of oil etc. 


Try this combo: light fog of transparent black along edges and body seams, a wider fog of transparent red, undercoat with gold, then white.  

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Posted 07 March 2019 - 11:08 AM

With and without a white backing. White on the passenger side . Just an experiment to see if I could save weight on wing car bodies by not using a white backer but the paint looks crappy with out it.  D6A59724-012D-49DB-9956-223F6D9994B4.jpeg

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