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Victoria, Australia
Member Since: January 04, 2005
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Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 07:47 PM UTC
I'm a medium skilled painter, having used brushes and spray cans, and I want to get an airbrush. When buying one, what "/features" should I look for and what specifications should I look for?

What's the best compressed air source? A tank? Thanks.
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Michigan, United States
Member Since: April 01, 2005
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Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 11:53 PM UTC
I would look for a double action internal mix airbrush.
They are more expensive, alittle harder to learn on but if you get a good one and practice alittle it will do everything you need it to. Best word of advise is KEEP IT CLEAN..when you think its clean..clean alittle more.
I say this because ive used them at work as a photo retoucher and also get returns at the LHS I work part time at and that has always been the major problem no mater what brand not cleaned.
Aztec, Badger, Pache all have good points. If you need more info or help PM me and Ill be glad to help you more as Im sure others on this great site will too!
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New York, United States
Member Since: December 07, 2004
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Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 12:21 AM UTC
The best air source would be an air compressor with a moisture trap and a regulator, you don't have to spend a lot on these, i paid about $150.00 for the whole setup and it works great.
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2005 - 12:54 AM UTC
Well the thing is, I will probably only be using it for one model. I don't know when my next model will be, so do you think it's probably more feasable to use an air can?
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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2005 - 01:25 AM UTC
Well - if you are really only going to use it for one kit, then canned air should be fine. The cans work fine, they just get expensive. The air flow control is a bit harder to control because you typically don't have a pressure meter on the cans.

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Indiana, United States
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Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2005 - 02:00 AM UTC
I would start out with a basic single action AB. I started with an Aztec. Once you get good at thinning paints and the basics of airbrushing, move up to the more finicky dual action internal mix airbrushes.
I tried to start out on a Paasche dual action internal mix and got so frustrated it took me 2 years before I tried airbrushing again. I bought a simple Tetsors (now Aztec) brush which I still use to do base coats and shading.

Just my two cents.

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Florida, United States
Member Since: March 17, 2004
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Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2005 - 02:03 AM UTC
Ciao Beginner,
I bought a regular air compressor at WalMart for under $80.00 US. It doesn't have a filter or trap because I paint with acrylics (which are less suceptible to moisture.) It works great for me, and I can put air in my tires or inflate footballs, too.
For an airbrush, I got a double action one on sale for $40.00 US. It doesn't even have a name on it, but it works great. Sometimes, you don't get what you pay for. I wouldn't recommend Aztec, I have one and just don't like the results.
Ciao for now
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2005 - 02:49 AM UTC
Have to agree with Shaun on this one... Go with a simple single action airbrush first.. It will get you used to thinning paints, figuring out different settings on the compressor...Once you have that mastered, move up to a double action..

As far as an air source, I started with canned air and finally picked up a two gallon compressor... Put a moisture trap on it and rigged it for my airburshes... Works slick and for about 130 bucks CAD

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British Columbia, Canada
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Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2005 - 12:41 PM UTC
Eventually you'll find that you'll want several air brushes for different applications. Start with the single-action and get a double action when you feel that you need it.
The best air source IS a compressor and tank combination. Make sure the compressor only comes on when the tank is getting low on pressure.
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Ohio, United States
Member Since: January 18, 2004
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Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 03:35 AM UTC
With you being a beginner, you should know how well you catch on to things, if your a great learner, and are used to picking things up faster then most, I would suggest a double, but if your average to slower on picking things up, then I would go with a single.

I guess it really isn't a loss, you can always use your first brush for your experimenting after you done moved up to a double action later on, and haft to relearn all over again, changing from a single to a double.

That is what a lot of the others have said that started with the singles and moved up have done, it was almost like relearning how.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - 10:40 AM UTC
An airbrush makes a Huge difference to paintwork!

I have an Aztek double action jobbie and I love it. I'm far from being an expert though.
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West-Vlaaderen, Belgium
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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 07:49 AM UTC

a think to look at is never buy a second hand air-brush
because the needle insite could be slitly dammaged.
One small peace dammaged an d it will give you the creeps. Also if you are using airpressorcans for severall minuts they will get icy on the outside of the can, you best put it in water about 50 warm so you can airbrush longer.(When the can is icy the pressor inside get lower!!!!!).

Show us the results!!!!