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First time airbrusher

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First time airbrusher
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 7, 2003 9:07 PM
I just got a new Aztec 470 airbrush, and it really LOOKS terrific, but i havent used it yet, except to mess around with some water to see how it functions. Because this is all new to me, i thought the best way to start out is with Acrylic paint (water washup), and i wonder what type of thinner you use when mixing paint?
Also, any suggestions for an absolute neophyte when it comes to the air brush, other than keep the damned thing clean !!
Thanks guys...i have really been picking up a lot of tips and learning more and more each time i come tothe forum.

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 7, 2003 10:28 PM
Off the point, I know, but by any chances are you a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan????? Nobody said anything about not getting to know another hobbyist a bit better!
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  • From: Lewisburg , Tenn
Posted by fuzzy on Wednesday, May 7, 2003 11:32 PM
All acrylics have their own thinner and some have their
own cleaner also. Check the label for the recommended
thinner/ cleaner and try that first. If water is ok try Sodium
free distilled water . Works great for paint and decals.
Try different paints to see which you prefer. Practice
on an old model or sheets of styrene. Practice. Also need
ventilation , a protective mask and gloves. Hope this helps.Smile [:)]

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 8, 2003 1:10 PM
I find that enamels spray easier from my Aztec, and it seems to be easier to keep those nozzle's clean! Having said that, I could just be stuck in my ways after 20 odd years of airbrushing!

The best advice I can think of is to get the paint/thinner ratio right, I use 60% paint to 40% white spirit, but this won't apply to acrylics I'm afraid. Experiment!

Another tip is to strain the paint before you load up the bottle. I run it through a patch cut from the wife's old stockings, but ask her first!

Finally, practice!

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 8, 2003 4:22 PM the subject...but a huge Husker fan..not only in spirit but body..hehehe.
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  • From: Littleton,CO
Posted by caine on Thursday, May 8, 2003 9:11 PM
From what I have found, experience is the best way to figure out an airbrush. It took me several years to get it down and I never could get adive from others to help much. It really came down to experimenting. Don't be too afraid of gettting the brush dirty.. I have to fully clean mine after every use anyway. If it weren't for the fact that enamels and their thinners tend to be more toxic, I would use them all the time. They don't clog the tip and clean off the airbrish easier. But acrylics do make a nice finish when they work. Best advice, play around until you feel comfortable.

By the way.... GO BUFFS!
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  • From: Lewisburg , Tenn
Posted by fuzzy on Friday, May 9, 2003 3:42 AM
Here are two books that have a lot of information on
airbrushing. One covers model railroading but it has
chapters on paint's and eqiupment & safety.
How To Use an Airbrush by Robert Downie
Painting and Weathering Railroad
Models by Jeff Wilson
Both are available from hobby shops or Kalmbach.
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 10, 2003 5:17 PM
I'd reccommend the Model Master acrylics paints by Testors. They don't require much thinning and if stirred up well can be used straight from the bottle without thinning. They also make a thinner specifically for those paints as well. Should be able to get that the model master tacryl thinner anywhere they sell the paints.

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