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Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by Jimmyfingerz, Jul 10, 2018.


  1. Malky

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    I want to see the pressure I'm running at too, I have two regulators both on the compressor, one is set constantly at 40 psi, the next one is set at 30 psi, when I want to work at 10 psi I'll set the second one 15 and do the rest with the MAC, the MAC isn't supposed dispense with your regulator it just allows you to lower your pressure more than what shows on your regulator, it's unlikely the pressure you see is exact, but it's safe to think based on your regulators reading that you are "around" whatever psi your reading, you could be around 3 or 4 more or less than your reading, so if I work at 10 psi I assume I'm anywhere between 5 to 15 whether I use the MAC or not.

    The reason my first regulator is set a 40 psi is because I have a nylon transparent hose which can handle a maximum of 43 psi (3 bar) so the 40 includes a little safety factor.

    I'm usually constantly changing from 15 down depending on the distance I shoot at as I work, so the MAC is handy for that, the normal regulator isn't precise at lower pressure, it could actually read "0" when its really giving 2 to 5.

    You end up getting used to the feel of what you're doing as well as recognising the sound your brush makes at different pressures, you can also see what your brush is doing and if you're getting no spiders and no broken lines, your pressure is good no matter what your regulator says, setting the pressure is only an indication of the approximate pressure you really are working at.

    With my regulators set, I rely solely on what's happening on my substrate, if I like what I see, there is no need for adjustment:)
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    Just to really frustrate you I leave my pressure at 23psi 99% of the time :)

    I also run the cup out of paint then just fill it with reducer..
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    Which you are using for super fine shifts and subtle layers as I understand it? others might think your doing that just to clean or prepare for a colour change;)
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    I set it at 20 and never touch it again! Of course I’m not an example to follow but it is more easyest to me to work with paint consistency than with the air pressure, I can’t play with the two at the same time!


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    lol You mean like me, you struggle with multi tasking?:)

    The main theory behind my personal setting is that if I should get an unexpected and unwanted blast of paint on my work, at least it's not going to be at +60 psi, and therefore, maybe easier to fix:)
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    Multi.. what?? One brain, one movement at a time!


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    lollollol
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    Thanks for all the tips guys.
    Get the England game out of the way tonight and back to it :)
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    I'll be watching that:) just need to get a quick bite and then settle into it, I'm not a huge football fan and don't follow any normal league football, I couldn't even name a modern player, but I do enjoy the world cup.

    I'm rooting for England, Southgate is a real cool dude and I wish him and the team well:thumbsup:
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    Yeah its a funny one with Southgate.
    Didn’t know he had this level of leadership in him.
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    I've always just liked him as a person, I thought he was in way over his head with this but he seems to be handling it which is great :thumbsup:
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    A good leader can make a great team from regular players and a bad leader WILL make an awful team from excellent players!! I have always liked English coaches!!


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    Definitely, he seems to have them playing so calmly for a world cup semi final.
    That is purely down to Southgate building their confidence.
    Well first half and we are winning, don’t think my heart can take much more lol
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    And it's looking good so far:thumbsup: doesn't Southgate have a lovely smile? :) actually it's more like this :D but not green.
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    Thanks, come on England in Extra time:sour::sour::thumbsup:
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    B27AD59D-E562-47AE-BCD3-C3483683BF15.jpeg Yeah i’m about here now.
    Been at it all week. Added the colours advised but i either end up with it being to dark when i cool it or too warm.
    This is the closets i managed but it still seems too warm for me.
    I think skin tones are pretty danm hard to match.
    I just want to finish this painting but want to make sure i get it as close as possible.
    Bit frustrating this experience, been at it every day and get so close.
    I mad this colour by mixing my own earth tone using yellow,orange and then violet to mute.
    I then heavily thinned red violet and lightly sprayed it.
    I was close but no cigar :(
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    Mines the bottom colour
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    You can also try different coloured viewing cards, I use a purple grey :)
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    Have you got a link for what you mean @musicmacd ?
    I just googled coloured viewing cards but couldn’t find anything.
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    Just pieces of card with a viewing hole cut out like the white piece you used, I find different colours help get you closer
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