help me find an airbrush, please?!
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help me find an airbrush, please?!

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Hey all -- I'm sure it's been asked time and time before but I need HELP! I'm finally ready to invest in an airbrushing system... except I have NO CLUE what I'm looking for.

Can anyone kindly hold my hand and walk me through this process?! I promise I'll keep the whining and tears down to a minimum!

Much thanks in advance,


Posted by ivorygleam
on Sunday, March 29, 2009
User Comments
somebody1 -
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
our old badger died from poor cleaning and a crappy seal. Yeah you never want to use a can of propellant because 1) it will get very cold as you spray and this causes clogs, 2) you'll always run out at the wrong time and splatter the figure with paint specks (same goes with using spray paint which I use mostly). I agree with Doc that you really don't need one but I'm more comfortable spraying than hand painting for some reason so I mainly go with it and would use it for very fine work but the cleanup is the major drawback along with getting the paint mixture right.
Henchmen4Hire -
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Honestly, you don't even need one, based on the work you've been putting out. It's true that you can basecoat a figure in like 10 seconds with an airbrush, that's why I bought mine, but then you waste the same amount of time going back and hand-painting all the spots you missed, that you waste by just hand-painting the whole thing to begin with!

But yeah, basically, get an airbrush that uses a compressor, never a can of propellant. And make sure you learn everything about your airbrush, inside and out, that will make cleaning it way easier. I bought a $20 metal airbrush, and it worked awesomely, but I broke it because it got clogged and I had no clue how to clean it, and now I don't have money for another, so I've been doing everything by hand lately (which is good practice anyway!).
somebody1 -
Monday, March 30, 2009
mine worked but goes through propellant like you wouldn't believe. Do yourself a favor and get a cheap compressor. Craft shops usually have them for under 100 bucks. I need one for resin casting so I'll get a bigger one.
Gambit4Hire -
Monday, March 30, 2009
Whatever you do - don't get the Testors aerosol can kit sold in many hobby stores. Too many stories of the thing just not working the way it's supposed to.
somebody1 -
Monday, March 30, 2009
I haven't used one in a while but I suggest you get a smaller kit that is inexpensive to practice with, Badger is good for this and once you want a pro the Aztek brushes look really nice. Mine is a beat up old Paache I got for 10 bucks (its a 120 brush) from a college buddy years ago.
HeartBreakKid -
Sunday, March 29, 2009
umm not sure if this helps out but Michaels sells them
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