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Airbrush practice Medium
Posted by jackinil on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:20 AM

Being new to airbrushing,I've read about people  practicing on plastic spoons,scrap plastic,etc. Is an empty plastic milk carton viable for practicing on? I have new Paasche H to try out. Thanks

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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:44 AM
Maybe if you prime it first,but otherwise I don't see it mimicking the surface of styrene plastic

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:51 AM

The best thing to practice on is an old model. An old build from once upon a time makes a super paint test mule. 
You can learn to contend with all the challenges of airbrushing a model: shapes, angles, overspray, masking, etc.

 

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Posted by lowfly on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:57 AM

if you are looking to practice your steady hand with the airbrush i reccomend using a small glass sheet to practice on.  You can paint on it and than scrape the paint off with a razorblade and do it again.  

If you are trying different techniques like thinning paints, using different PSI settings and that sort of thing i would reccomend using a paint mule, An old model that you dont care about. 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:57 AM
Or a cheap garage sale,flea market model if you don't have any old models

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:33 AM

For checking your spray pattern, or the size of lines, a simple piece of plain paper works just fine. Keep it simple.

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:52 AM

I use sticky notes for various things while modeling, and checking spray patterns is one of them.  When one gets used up, I just pull it and have a fresh one ready to go.

To the OP, I have a Paasche H also, and I've tried many times to change to something "better", but I just keep coming back to my Paasche H.  You've definitely got a simple, reliable airbrush there.  You'll love it.  

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:40 AM

Depends on the type of plastic.  Large milk jugs are polyethylene, which is a bear to get paint to stick to.  I personally like the spoons.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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