Airbrush basics and how to get going with one

2 Responses

  1. John C says:

    I guess your mileage may vary but I had the completely opposite experience. I have an Iwata Eclipse as my workhorse airbrush and it works fantastic. I also had a Badger Renegade Krome which I ultimately sold because I was so unhappy with it.
    I went through the same learning curve and there were days where I wanted to launch the airbrush out the window but it was the user and not the airbrush. Once I got the hang of thinning with the appropriate thinner my experience improved greatly. Also try using Tamiya paint thinned with their lacquer thinner. Sprays beautifully.

    Tip dry is an issue with all acrylics so you use a q-tip with thinner to clean the needle carefully and that cap that you mention is there to protect the needle which is delicate. I clean it at the same time I clean the needle. You can use various paint retarders to slow the drying time which will extend the time you have before having to clean the tip.

    The needle size also plays a part. The smaller the needle the more critical thinning is. Normally for basecoats I will use a 0.3 or 0.4 needle. Less prone to clogging and it will cover large areas relatively quickly. For fine work I use the 0.2 mm needle.

    Just my .02

    • Christopher Berhow says:

      To be fair he was using a Neo, which is not an Eclipse. It is like comparing a Malibu to a Corvette. Both Chevy, but that is about it =)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *