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Airbrushing... Basic Info Needed/Verified

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Airbrushing... Basic Info Needed/Verified
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 17, 2003 3:05 AM
Hello Everybody,

I purchased a Central Pneumatics Air Compressor and Heavy Duty Dual Action Airbrush from Airbrush City and as far as I can say, I love it.... Its easy to handle and everything.....

Now..Heres what Im not sure.... I've read somewhere that to thin MM Enamels.... For Gloss, 3 parts paint to 1 part thinner, for Flat, 2 parts paint to 1 part thinner????

What does everybody here uses, and what PSI do you run whenther its Gloss or Flat???

To help getting the answers, Im working on F-14A and F-14D Tomcats, 7 from Revell-Monogram, 1 from Academy, and 1 from Fujimi... All are 1/48 scale.

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 17, 2003 3:07 AM
Instead of, "What does everybody here use?" I meant to ask, "What ratio does everybody here stick to, for both Gloss and Flat Model Masters Enamels?"

Thanks again
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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, May 17, 2003 6:07 AM
I thin my paaints to the consistency of whole milk, and run my pressure 15-30 psi. Hope this helps.

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 17, 2003 11:13 AM
I don't measure exactly, but generally I'd say my thinner/paint mix is anywhere from 30/70 all the way to 70/30, depending on the paint. The most common would be 30/70 to 50/50. I generally use the same method as midnimghtprowler. After practice, you'll learn to 'recognize' the right consistency. I shoot a small test spot against the side of my paintbooth and that usually tells me if it's too thin or too thick.

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Posted by shermanfreak on Saturday, May 17, 2003 1:57 PM
Can't add much to what both Lee and Murray have already said, other than that I totally agree with them.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 17, 2003 3:36 PM
If you use lacquer paints, the ratio gets to be critical, otherwise you can get spider webs or what looks to be cotton candy.

I usually thin my paints enamel/acrylic so that they run freely down the side of the jar, but coat it with a solid color as they do. Watch the humidity, if the paint is thinned too much (but still covers decently) it will take forever to dry, especially in a cool environment.
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Posted by eaglecentral on Sunday, May 18, 2003 12:33 AM
MM enamels, flat or gloss, use MM Airbrush thinner 50:50 for first coats and general work. Make it about 60:40 for 2nd coats and fine detailing. I use the Mk I Mod 0 eyeball to measure. I keep the pressure at 20psi and adjust it up until I get a good fine spray pattern. I rarely have to go past 25psi. This works for a Badger 150 and for a Paasche H. My Aztec 470 needs more pressure so I usually start around 25psi and work up. I use MM enamels only.


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