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Newbie Airbushing 101 - Paint Storage and Swapping

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  • Member since
    May 2003
  • From: USA
Newbie Airbushing 101 - Paint Storage and Swapping
Posted by Snacko on Thursday, May 8, 2003 9:45 AM
Hi all - I'm a newbie when it comes to airbrushing, so I have some practical questions that might be a little simple for some of you. But for me, I'm curious as they may give me a sense of the add'l equipment I'll need to get more out of my airbrushing.

- From a practical sense, how much paint do you measure and mix so you know you've mixed enough for your job? Any rules of thumb? I just wanted to avoid not having enough and having to mix a 2nd batch. Having too much may be a problem as well!

- If you have remaining mixed paint/thinner after a job, do you save it? If so, how?

- What about custom colors - mixing more than one paint together. Is this common? Any hints?

- Does anyone use mechanical mixers, or do you all pretty much do it by hand?


- Snacko
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 8, 2003 2:25 PM

Depending on the size of the model I fill 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4 of the color cup (e.g. 1/2 for a 1/48 plane), if there is paint left after I finished (as usual) I use it to practice with the airbrush over a cardboard or a scrap model; I mix the paint by hand using some stick.


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