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advice on paints for an airbrush

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Hi, My wife listens to me too much as I got an Airbrush and a compressor for christmas. What would be the best paints to use with it. Bearing in mind the last time I used a compressor it was a big one that sprayed cars with... badly.

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I use Vallejo or Hataka acrylics, the advantage being lack of smell and washable with water. Occasionally I use Xtracrylix thinned down as well.

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Thanks Derek. The hataka range is really good from what I've seen.
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Lucky you. Bottom line is pretty much any paints can be used in an-airbrush providing they’re thinned correctly with regard to consistencies/type of paint and the airbrush is cleaned out afterwards.
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It's a fangda. It'll do for learning.
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Good choice. Not a lot wrong with those.
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Got to thank my wife for that one. she spent a while researching the subect.
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Looking forward to seeing some results, Andy. Any advice, please just ask. Happy New Year.
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Thank you Keith. Happy New year to you too
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AndyXH558 wrote:
Wed 30 Dec 2020, 10:07 pm
It's a fangda. It'll do for learning.
Surely you mean Fengda? :wink:

For the model budget i work to, these are plenty good enough to be getting on with. Im sure it was Seamus on here that put me onto them, but its only more recently ive seen a company name put to them.
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Thats the one. I'd had a few when i wrote it.
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I have another vote for the Hataka Red range of airbrush ready paints!

I bought a set of AK interactive and Hataka Red to compare them last year, and while i used the AK right away, so many things associated with current times got in the way and i stopped dead again. Since picking up one of the stalled kits from last year, i finally used the Hataka, and was impressed enough that i went and bought another set.

I also "accidentally" slipped a set of Hataka Orange Modern Grey USAF, USN and USMC into the basket so i could try them out as well, especially after seeing what Seamus has achieved. Should also soon have some Alclad Aqua gloss and satin to try out as well.
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I bought the Hataka fleet air arm ones first. So My first aircraft will be the Sea Fury then I've got an ambitious one for my next. I have an old corgi Gladiator, having bought the battle of Malta Decal set its going to be one of the 3 Sea Gladiators by the time I have finished.

How easy is Alclad to use?
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Alclad is great, spray straight from the bottle at a low-ish pressure and the job is a good'un. Surface preparation is key though, you'll need a flawless, smooth surface as metallics will highlight any scratches or blemishes. You'll also need to lay down a base coat of primer- gloss black for the shiniest finish, grey if you want a duller finish. Worth noting they are lacquers and are quite pungent, so good ventilation and/or extraction is recommended, as well as an appropriate cleaner for the airbrush when you're finished spraying.
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No problem with ventilaton. Got my own man cave sorted.. Aka a shed. But I'm going to get one of the booths too,
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Man cave sorted. Called checkpoint Charlie. Complete with the signs on it.

So far it's been a total disaster. I just can't get the damn thing to work properly. It sprays for a few seconds. That's it.

So I know I've got the right Paint is it the Jakarta red or orange for airbrush and what thinners do I need.

I'm a complete beginner on it and fast losing the will to live.

Oh and I broke the screw on the needle.

Help please.
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I'd ask the airbrush experts on Britmodeller - there are whole sections about what to do, what to mix, thinners to use, psi etc.
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Hataka will supply the appropriate thinners for each colour range. I use their Orange Line thinners with no problems whatsoever.

It sounds as if your airbrush is quickly becoming blocked- try thinning the paint down more, and reduce the pressure (assuming you have a regulator on your compressor) to prevent the thinner paint from spattering. That said, if you've damaged the needle screw then I'm guessing the needle isn't being gripped when you pull the trigger back, which definitely won't allow paint through....
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I over tightened the screw and broke it.
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MRP Paints. Ready to go in airbrush.

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Well a little update. I was taught today on where I've gone wrong and how to use it properly.

I was on set and was airbrushed all over my body and they showed me everything I think I need to know.

I used the wrong thinner so I've got the right one now and I'll have a go tomorrow.

Thanks all for the advice.
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AndyXH558 wrote:
Mon 14 Jun 2021, 10:29 pm
I was on set and was airbrushed all over my body
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haha, nope, a very dead colourscheme. The guys that did it have won an oscar and several emmys.
They were responsible for this guy on Saturday Night live.
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