How to Start Airbrushing? What to Get?http://airbrushdoc.com/beginners/start- airbrushing/ December 3, 2012First of all, today’s article is for true airbrush beginners. If you are just thinking to st artairbrushing and maybe just looking for some more info then please continue reading. Those ofyou with some experience may read on and maybe leave a comment with additional, usefulinfo. For a long time I’ve been thinking that I am still missing something here. But I could not findout what it is. Maybe because of the amount of information and all those advises I had to gothrough in past two weeks about getting into airbrushing. I have extended some of my oldarticles that have been extensive already and I’ve totally forgotten about basic airbrushneeds. Just to sum up the whole story about getting into airbrushing, there is more tools youneed to begin. Some of them are optional but some are a “MUST HAVE“, according to my ownexperience.One of the most important things besides airbrush gun, air compressor and paint is a hose. Yesjust a hose. Every airbrushist needs the hose to connect airbrush and compressor into workingsystem. The important part in this case is the fitting. You can always use some adapters but Iwould be much happier to have only one fitting on each side of the hose. The most commonfitting is 1/8 inch thread.Hoses can be made of rubber, plastic; shaped as straight, coil (twisted), then braided and not,whatever you want. Frankly, there is not a big difference because it will work with either ofchoice. A big part of airbrush community loves twisted hoses because they don’t roll around onthe floor so there is less of a chance to stumble.The twisted hose will surely pull your hand, so be careful when choosing this one.I wouldn’t be very concerned about that right now. Usually when you buy a good airbrush youwill have some hose in the box which will be enough for you to get started. After some time youwill buy another one because the one you got with airbrush is too short. This is all you shouldknow about air hoses right now, so let’s move on.After painting you have to clean your airbrush gun. If you work with enamel paint then you canuse some special reducer, reach for whit e spirit or acet one.With acrylic, in theory, you can use spirit or one really aggressive stuff available out therecalled isopropanol. This chemical can take even care of dried acrylics. You may argue – why toleave paint to dry and then use aggressive thinner, isn’t it better not to let the paint dry?Imagine that you’ve got some inspiration and your painting session lasts for 6 or even 8 hours.Some paint can dry in 2 or 3 hours completely, so dry paint inside your airbrush is actually a veryrealistic scenario.To clean paint cup you can use any available tools – brush, cotton buds or even a napkin butdon’t use recycled t oilet paper because it can introduce a lot of paper dust. Paper dust cancause a lot of troubles when it gets into paint chamber.To clean up the needle is also not a big problem, just wipe it up with a napkin moisten in specialcleaner. Cleaning of paint chamber and the nozzle tip, on the other side, is quite different.These have to shine otherwise the fresh paint will be collecting on the remains of old paint anddry too until it will block the whole chamber.For cleaning the chamber and needle tip there are special tools – cylindrical brushes also knownas “Nylon Precision Brush Set ”. You can buy those anywhere in airbrush supply shop and theyare so cheap that everyone can afford it.
For blowing out the rests of paint and cleaning solutions from airbrush gun the clever peopleinvented cleaning st at ion. The price is very affordable but if you don’t want or can’t get oneyou can build cleaning station yourself. When you understand how it works and unleash yourimagination you would be able to make it out of anything (even a rubbish).Pipet t es and bot t les – only for your comfort. Pipettes are very useful when working withaggressive paints or reducers. Set of bottles of different sizes, with good lids are very usefulfor mixing paints. You can buy a special set in airbrush shop or find some in your house.Airbrush holder – a must have. I didn’t know how useful it is when I started airbrushing butnow, working without it is like missing one hand.Masking t ape – a must have – also known as Kabuki Tape. Be careful when buying those asthere is a few types depending on adhesion to surface. I recommend brand 3M but Tamiyamakes good tapes too.Respirat or – when working with water based paints it is not a life decision but breathing anypaint dust over long period of time can cause some serious health issues. Medical or disposablemasks known from construction site are absolutely useless. My own recommendation whenlooking at protection level, comfort and price the respirator 3M 6000 Series is probably optimalchoice.Airbrush Lube – not really required but it’s good to have. Many brands like Iwata, for example,sell their own lube with airbrush. You can also use synthetic oil (for lubing the bicycle parts)instead of airbrush lube.Mineral oil, silicon paste or WD40 CAN’T be used in any case!How t o Choose t he Best Airbrush Gun?Why do we have to choose the best airbrush gun? I think that...Advanced Guide t o Airbrush PaintLets assume that you have all the equipment that is require...My 15 Basic Airbrush RulesOur readers who have painted a few pieces on their own are p...I Want t o Do Airbrush. Where Do I St art ?"First say to yourself what you want to be; and then do...Preparing Surf aces For Airbrush - Part 2As you may have noticed before when I wrote about surface pr..."How t o Airbrush" f rom AirbrushTut orThis is a kind of short bio from one awesome guy. In the Int...Classic Airbrush Techniques BookLink to this book has been in my sidebar for as long as this...A Few Int erest ing Not es About Air Compressor f or AirbrushYou might be curious, why the hell is that dude writing all ...