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  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 8:16 PM
I'm thinking of purchasing an airbrush and was wondering how you clean them? Do u need to buy new jars for each new paint you use? Also, my main question, i read that the an airbrush uses " properly reduced acrylics", what does this mean?
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by Holley on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 8:25 PM
Properly reduced acrylics are acrylics that have been thinned to the consistancy of milk. I usually thin with about 50:50 paint and thinner. experiment a little to see what works best for you. I spray thinner through my airbrush til it comes out clear to clean it and then wipe off any residue with a rag moistened with thinner. The jars can be cleaned in the sameway and reused. I have several jars and keep thinned paint in them with a regular top on them to save time when switching colors. Happy spraying!
Holley When all else fails, read the instructions!
  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Saturday, April 26, 2003 12:20 AM
Definately get an airbrush - the finish of just about anything that's airbrushed is about 1000% better than hand brushing. I often run Automotive acrylic thinner through my airbrush at high pressure - I find that even after breaking the gun down that the acetone based stuff keeps the gun pretty clean, but disassembly and a proper clean is always a good idea. Soaking the bits in acetone softens any kind of paint and makes for an easy clean.
Properly reduced acrylics merely means "thinned". In some countries they use "reducers" instead of thinners (the same thing, though). It's just a matter of semantics.
You'll have to experiment with the amount of thinning required for your paint - different brands, and even different cololrs within those brands, can behave a little differently. There's no replacing experimentation and experience. No-one's born with it - the reason I have so much skill and knowledge is because of the huge number of mistakes I've made - I learn from my stupidity................ouch..............Big Smile [:D]

Cheers, LeeTree
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