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    November 2005
Cheap Airbrush
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, May 4, 2003 10:20 PM
So I bought a cheap airbrush with a can of compressed air...yes I know it's not ideal but I am limited in funds (don't get much pay as a Private in the Army).

Will this compressed air be ok for painting the interior of the car I bought (tamiya ferrari enzo), as in seats...etc...

Also, I'm not quite sure what parts to paint with what tool(I'm new)...such as the engine parts...etc.

Any help would be appreciated!
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 5, 2003 6:47 AM
YES THE AIR CAN AIR BRUSH WILL WORK JUST FINE SPRAY A LITTLE OUT OF THE AREA OF THE PART TO PAINT BEFORE YOU START PAINTING IN CASE IT SPRAYS TO HEAVY TO START OFF WITH JUST KEEP A GOOD DISTANCE WHEN PAINTING AND FOLLOW YOUR INSTRUCTIONS THE SMALL ENGINE ETC PARTS SHOULD BE BRUSH PAINTED AND THE TUB INTERIOR AND BODY CAN BE AIRBRUSHED THATS MY OPINION GOOD LUCK BE PATIENT
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  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Monday, May 5, 2003 6:50 AM
Hey - you bought the Tamiya Enzo? Nice score man. That's a very nice kit. Do yerself a favor, pay close attention to the instructions, and have a look at the Tamiya website - they have quite a number of pictures of the variuos sub-assemblies - very handy if you want to have a look and see what colors things should be. I always try and make my models look as good as theirs (not that it always works......)
Go to the following
http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/24260enzo/index.htm
The instructions are quite detailed, and really, everything you need is in there - it was for me.
Most things I squirted with the airbrush - bad for you if all you've got is a can of Co2 - hope it lasts the distance. The interior should be sprayed - a little masking is in order - get some low tack masking tape or Bare Metal Foil. I found the red went on better over a primer coat of flat white - better coverage and a more intense red.
Remember, not very many of us build to win contests - we build because we want to - for whatever reason - so if you're Enzo doesn't look like the one on the Tamiya website, ask yerself a question - Did you enjoy building it?
Good luck, Lee Tree

Cheers, LeeTree
Remember, Safety Fast!!!

  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 5, 2003 9:03 AM
On the website here it said they painted the shell with a spray can...would that look as good on the enzo as an airbrush, or could you really tell since it's all one color?
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 5, 2003 2:24 PM
CeleryGod (??There's gotta be a good story behind that oneTongue [:P]),
I've gotten some very good results with a spray can. I generally go and pick up a can of automotive touch-up paint in the spray cans. Just be sure to use a good automotive primer such as Dupli-Color. Then before you paint heat up the can a little bit in a pan of warm water. This helps to thin the paint a bit and lets it spray better and will give you a smoother finish.
There have been several articles in FSM and Scale Auto about 'rattle-can' painting. Like they said in one of the articles - "The paint doesn't care how it gets onto the model".
Spray cans should be just as good as an airbrush for single-color paint jobs like that. Where airbrushes become handier is when doing camo paint schemes or multi-color paint jobs, etc. The only real disadvantage with the spray cans is you will get more over-spray and thus more waste with the spray can than you would with an airbrush.
Hope that helps you out a bit. Let us know how it turns out.

Ray
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