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Not allow to use an airbrush
Posted by armyrn on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:05 PM

Good day

I moving to smaller apartment  that will not allow me to use an airbrush. So my thoughts  for my star trek 1/1000 scale and few aircraft. Was to lay down a primer coat using a rattle  can. ( this is the base coat) then using basically  thin coats almost like washes of the primary  colors  to build up the various shades I need seal and repeat.  Any thoughts?

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:24 PM

Not allowed?! Who's paying big the rent? You or the landlord? Is there anything in the contract stating you cannot use an airbrush? If not, then you're free to use one. If you have access to ventilation via window, I see no reason. 

Of course if the situation involves the missus having the say so, I can understand.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:14 PM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

Not allowed?! Who's paying big the rent? You or the landlord? Is there anything in the contract stating you cannot use an airbrush? If not, then you're free to use one. If you have access to ventilation via window, I see no reason. 

Of course if the situation involves the missus having the say so, I can understand.

 

Ditto

 

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:20 PM

I can see it if your compressor is bigger and noiser.  Rattle cans are going to put more material in the air than an AB, so that is worse in a smaller area. If you have a bathroom fan that exhausts to the outside, that may be your option with a quieter compressor.  Might also try acrylics if you have been using enamels, less odor to tip anyone off.

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:58 PM

A long time ago, I picked up a CO2 tank from a college fraternity after they got into trouble over liquor ordinances and they no longer required a wet bar. I picked up a regulator from a local welding supply outfit and have run it ever since because it is whisper quiet. No running parts to make sounds or vibrations. No need for a water trap in the line and I get it refilled once or twice a year pretty cheaply at either the welding shop or the local CocaCola plant. Neither my landlord nor my neighbors ever heard a thing while I airbrushed.

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 9:22 PM

I suspect that this person lives in another country.  If he lived in America, no one could tell him he could not use an airbrush in his own apartment.

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, April 13, 2017 9:06 AM

You can also use an air tank.  Fill it in garage, or at a gas station.  Silent.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Don Wheeler on Friday, April 14, 2017 10:58 AM

armyrn

Good day

I moving to smaller apartment  that will not allow me to use an airbrush. So my thoughts  for my star trek 1/1000 scale and few aircraft. Was to lay down a primer coat using a rattle  can. ( this is the base coat) then using basically  thin coats almost like washes of the primary  colors  to build up the various shades I need seal and repeat.  Any thoughts?

Yes, you can prime with a spray can and hand brush a nice finish.  There are people who do.  But, I understand it takes a lot of practice.

If you could tell us why an airbrush is not allowed, maybe we could be of more help.  If it is because of smell, a spray can is much worse than an airbrush. Water based acrylics have very little odor.

If it is noise, there are solutions, like compressed CO2 or nitrogen.

Don

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Posted by armyrn on Friday, April 14, 2017 12:34 PM

Thanks 

Everyone I am moving to arkansas  for a new job after 32 years of being in the military.  I have a older compressed. It was purchased  in the90's so it's  louder then normal. Because I am looking  at 1 bedroom  (still have house where the wife lives) basically all the apartments we looked at had a balcony.  So it really  comes down to space and noise. Also the wife doesn't  want me to purchase new equipment  until I fully retire and build a new workshop in a prefabricated  one car garage. 

So I am thinking  outside the box. To smaller kits none of the stuff I usually build (1/350 cv and cvn's)

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Posted by scigs30 on Friday, April 14, 2017 6:28 PM

Even that size Star Trek kits are still pretty good size for brush painting.  I came back into this hobby brush painting and found it to be more time consuming and challenging than I thought.  Brush painting requires multiple thin coats and allowing proper dry times.  Also brush painting white or light colors is pretty tough to impossible so most prime with white to overcome this issue.  I use a small compressor with a tank that is quiet.  I really like Testors small enamel square paints because they are cheap and spray well but the odor is pretty harsh in small areas.  So I have began to use Testors acylics and they airbrush really nice with easy clean up and no odor.  The only issue is I found I have to use spray can primer to prevent lifting when masking.  Someday I will have a hobby room with venitlation so I can go back to using enamels.  I do not like the time commitment of setting up and breaking down my Badger airbrushes so I now use the Testors Aztek.  This airbrush sets up quick and clean up is fast and easy.  I hope this helps.

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Posted by goldhammer on Friday, April 14, 2017 8:43 PM

I'd run by harbor Freight and get one of their cheapie AB compressors, or if you have a Hobby Lobby nearby, check out their offerings with a 40% off coupon (can be downloaded or a pic works as well).  Shouldn't bust the budget too much, unless the LAW has been laid down- LOL. 

Using acrylics on the balcony would get you by, at least in good weather.  Unless the balconies are 2 feet apart.

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Posted by armyrn on Saturday, April 15, 2017 5:41 PM

Thanks again. I have  badger  350 I received  from my last command as a joke.   Also as far as the law goes  my wife and I  have an agreement.  No big stuff till you finish in 5 years. 

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  • From: Dallas, TX
Posted by japan617 on Friday, May 05, 2017 8:53 AM

Surely the significant other would allow you to purchase a Master Airbrush/Airbrush Depot compressor for $70 or so dollars? If you use spray cans, the cost adds up quickly at $4.00-6.00 a pop.

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