All Createx paints can be sprayed out of the bottle, but most often flow better with a little thinning with 4011 Reducer. We generally recommend adding 4011 Reducer ~ 10% per volume to colors.
4030 Balancing Clear and 4050 UVLS Gloss Clear are similar in that each are water-based clears made with urethane resin, as opposed to our traditional acrylic-resin colors and bases.
Introduced in 2016, 4030 was Createx’ s first urethane clear. It was initially designed for use as a carrier-medium for mixing with candy2o, as well an inter-coat clear for applying over colors.
After it was introduced, 4030 was also mixed into other Createx paints, creating an acrylic-urethane paint mix that had better adhesion and more durability for application onto hard-surfaces such as plastic, aluminum and for painting helmets, motorcycles tanks and other automotive airbrushing.
4050 UVLS Gloss Clear was introduced in 2020. It is a much improved clear for mixing with candy2o and other Createx paints, as well an inter-coat.
4050 UVLS Gloss Clear is the recommended carrier-medium for candy2o. It holds candy2o in a homogeneous mixture that allows colors to be sprayed evenly, with heavier coats for a much better candy finish compared to mixing candy2o with 4030.
Same with 4030, 4050 also works well mixed with all Createx paints to make an acrylic-urethane paint that works better for application to hard-surfaces and difficult to paint substrates. Between the two, 4050 is the better urethane clear to mix with paints as it allows colors to flow better and cure to a more -level, more durable coating with better adhesion and scratch resistance compared to 4030.
4050 is the recommended mixing clear and inter-coat for use with candy2o and Createx paints. It is a much better mixing clear when spraying paints with a spray-gun, and also works excellent when airbrushing.
4030 still is a good option when mixed with Createx paints for airbrushing onto hard-surfaces, however as the 4050 is the better mixing clear for use with candy2o as well as for use as a pearl-flake carrier and inter-coat clear, between the two, newer 4050 is the better urethane clear for use as a mixing and inter-coat clear.
Createx will continue to make 4030, and for many airbrush artists it will remain their preferred clear for mixing with paints, however as 4050 is the mixing clear we recommend as it performs a wider range of functions, in particular mixing with candy2o and for use as an inter-coat clear.