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mrwisker 08-22-2006 08:30 PM

Airbrush what should I look for
I am looking to purchase an airbrush.
My wife does scrapbooking (and other artsy fartsy stuff), and I am looking to use it to repaint and detail some of my trains and / or whatever else strikes my fancy.
I am looking for the best all around airbrush for the $$$
I would like to hear some opinions.

Z50 08-22-2006 08:59 PM

Get a double action brush; you will regret a single after you learn how to use it. I don’t know much about the different brands, but you are looking for something all metal, you will be running solvents through it to clean it and it needs to stand up. Top fed/bottom fed is a personal preference, you will have the ability to hold more paint for larger projects with the bottom fed, but will have more control with a top fed one. Be careful with the trains, practice on buildings first until you get the hang of it then move to the locos;)

c6quad 08-22-2006 11:04 PM

i have a Paasche double action. it's a quality airbrush. all metal.

you should do some research on compressors for the airbrush too. some can be quite loud and annoying. the compressor will cost more than the airbrush itself.

if your into detailing trains you should check out

they have some cool tools for modeling. you probably already have heard about them.

mrwisker 08-22-2006 11:15 PM

I have been to that site previously, I will look a little more intently now.
I think I have the compressor covered though.
I plan to run a line from the shop compressor I have and drop an air station where I need it. As long as I have a regulator and a condensate filter (cup) I shouldn't run into to much trouble

Deus Machina 08-23-2006 12:22 AM

I work at a craft store, so I've learned a little bit.

So far, Badger seems to be a good bang-for-the-buck. Shop around, but at Micheals (and Maybe JoAnns and the like) you can find a 40% off coupon in the newspaper every other Sunday. Worth a buck to save that much when you decide on a $120 airbrush.

pillage 08-23-2006 04:18 AM

I have numerous Brushes, and can recommend Thayer and Chandler, Badger, Iwata, Paache, and Iwata. Single action brushes have their uses and are easier to control, but a double action brush will give you the option of a thin or thick spray line with just finger pressure. All of the above brands can be had with various nozzel/ needle combos to match to your needs. Whatever brush you get, make sure you clean it well after each use and it will last for years.

Surge-NS 08-24-2006 06:07 PM

I second the recco on Badger. I have a 360 that serves me well, and it's lifetime garunteed.

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