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#1 JR10

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 11:01 AM

Hi everyone,

Looking to get into painting with an air brush and was wondering what is the best air brush to use and what compressor setup?

Also what types of paint to use? thanks in advance.

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 12:25 PM

Ken, there is no one answer to these questions. Ask 20 people & you're apt to get 25 different answers, I started airbrushing in 1970 with a single action Binks brush. If starting today, I'd choose one of the dozens of available airbrushes. 


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Posted 10 September 2018 - 04:56 PM

Hi Ken

 

I like Badger ..... Brush & compressor .....Also use Iwata.

for paint I like Fastcolor by Parma.

 

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 12:39 PM

As far as compressors , personally I don't think you can beat California air for the money.Brushes find one that works for you .Paint , I use Aztec, it's ready to shoot., and in the event you need to thin it a couple drops of water and you are good to go.


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 07:00 PM

Hi Ken
 
I like Badger ..... Brush & compressor .....Also use Iwata.
for paint I like Fastcolor by Parma.
 
My .02 cents..................
 
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I just started doing airbrush painting with Parma Faskolor. Is there any way to seal it though, I like to occasionally clean the bodies and the paint seems to come off very easily. Seal of course without making the bodies much heavier


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 07:13 PM

You can use an acrylic clear. I don't know if Parma carries it, but Createx, the maker of Faskolor,  sells it. You could also undercoat everything with white after all your color coats are on. Silver is a good undercoat for some colors.


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 07:59 PM

Use Future Floor Wax. Can be airbrushed as the last coat. Oil and tire gunk easily wipes off.

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 08:11 PM

Hmm, I like the floor wax idea, once wiped/polished a bit it should add almost no weight.

I already back-spray with white over the colours, but it also wipes off. So is the Faskolor clear more a lacquer or is it also water based?


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:23 PM

It's acrylic. If your paint wipes off, are you heat-setting it?


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:29 PM

I use the hair drier on the floor wax coat. Have done one heck of a lot of bodies with this method.

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:36 PM

Noose, what do you use to thin the Future and clean it out of the airbrush? Alcohol?


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:39 PM

No need to thin it. Use alcohol or createx air brush cleaner.

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:49 PM

Thanks!


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Posted 03 October 2018 - 12:05 AM

So to answer the OP, I am using a standard 2HP shop compressor with pressure regulator, and I recently bought a dual action airbrush off Aliexpress for $13! It works fine but I’ve ordered a 0.5mm needle, as it came with a 0.3 which I think is a bit thin for Faskolor. I currently use the 0.3 and thin the paint. After I got the airbrush I also found this one which I think is better than the one I bought:
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Posted 03 October 2018 - 08:47 AM

Airbrush:
Learned on a Binks
Grew better on a Badger for car painting and illustrations.
Now use an Iwata gravity feed. (Mostly because it allows quick clean up.)

Air compressor:
Well... compressed air is sorta just compressed air. So it really doesn't matter.
The noise of the machine could be a problem if you live in an apartment so choose accordingly.
Something with a tank is nice since you can paint a whole car on one tank of air pumped up to 110psi and shoot at only 35psi.
Oh.... and if you live in a humid climate, you are going to need a water trap.

 

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 12:17 PM

For compressors I have heard of modifying refrigerator compressors to pump air... they're quiet and cheap (find a place recycling appliances). 


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Posted 03 October 2018 - 02:59 PM

Yeah my compressor is very noisy but I am busy planning to put a fridge motor I used to use for vacuum bagging as a compressor. Won’t cost too much...


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Posted 03 October 2018 - 03:18 PM

For compressors I have heard of modifying refrigerator compressors to pump air... they're quiet and cheap (find a place recycling appliances). 

 

Having worked in refrigerant compressor design I would add a word of caution.

 

Many designs of the designs I worked on would output compressed gas and oil. There was an external circuit which would separate most of the oil from the gas and return it to the sump in the compressor.  Since we were working on a closed system a small amount of oil traveling around the the entire system was not a problem, however in a air supply for painting this could cause a problem. Compressors for air brushing are generally listed as "oil less piston".


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Posted 05 October 2018 - 06:28 PM

simply because i haven't seen it mentioned..in the 70's i painted a lot of bodies with a middle-of-the road badger..one night before big race i used spare tire from car lol..you have to stand on the tire to get good pressure but you can paint a whole body with one tire....my family owned a bar and they had the spare CO2  3 foot high 30lb tank which when hooked up with all the pressure regulators allowed me to fine tune the output (thinning paint as well) using these techniques allowed a much finer mist imitating a better brush lol..the tank never did empty lol


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