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Discussion in 'Airbrushes' started by ZB DON, Jan 30, 2017.


  1. ZB DON

    ZB DON Young Tutorling

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    Which one is better I like that Siphon bottom feeds because the color cup is out of the way.
    I'm thinking Gravity is good for clogs no?
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    Squishy Queen Clown Slayer Mod

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    Everyone has a personal preference, and it depends what you want to use it for. If you want to do lots of super fine detail, then a dedicated gravity detail brush might be better, if you plan to use lots of paint over larger area, you might want a siphon, or you might want a mixture of both but find a detail brush wont give the coverage you want. Then again some people just feel more comfortable or better balanced with one or the other.
  3. haasje dutchairbrush

    haasje dutchairbrush Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    It's more a personal preference than a matter of one is "better" than the other. Both work but there is something to be said for the fact that one is more suited for some situations than the other.

    Bottom is generaly used for larger nozzle sizes that will use up more paint. Having a large cup on top will make the gun hard to use (ballance).

    Top feed (gravity) is generaly used with smaller nozzles that requier less paint (bottom feed with the bottle, length of the tube to the bottom etc will by default requier a lot more paint than a top feed)
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    markjthomson Very happy! Staff Member Mod

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    Like @Squishy says - not better, just different... :) Clogging has nothing to do with the method of paint mixing.
  5. Malky

    Malky Pencil Pushing Protagonist Elite Member! Very Likeable!

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    Stay away from bottom feeders, I married into a whole family of bottom feeders and I'm still paying the price:eek::):)
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    Basstrack238 Needle-chuck Ninja

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    They both good, just different. Try both if you can.
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    JackEb Dragon Hunter Staff Member Admin

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    it comes down to the right tool for the job.
    I use the siphon for large area coverage as stated above, gravity for the more detailed areas
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    MeeshellMP Goddess Queen of carts Mod

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    Ive used both, and prefer gravity fed. The cup got in my way to be honest. Bugged the crap outa me lol
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    Malky Pencil Pushing Protagonist Elite Member! Very Likeable!

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    When you can't decide which one to choose, meet in the middle and get a side feed:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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  10. ZB DON

    ZB DON Young Tutorling

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    I just picked up two Bottom Feed Talons should be here tomorrow every brush I have is Gravity so far. I do have one Paasche H for stippling
    I hate cleaning it though kinda awkward I like it though because of the line of sight from the nozzle to the paper I'm painting the color cup is out of the way.
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    JackEb Dragon Hunter Staff Member Admin

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    I actually have I side feed..... wasn't a fan initially but now its one of the top 3 that gets used :)
  12. ZB DON

    ZB DON Young Tutorling

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    Just tried these out they are really nice I used to own a Paasche VL in the 90s it always clogged on me.
    I like the line of sight on the Paasche Talon TS bottom or side feet with the color cup. I think I might sell some of my Talons now with the color cups on top. The Raptors are pretty good but the TS has a good bead from the paper to the point of the airbrush cap and tip.
    I always regret selling extra airbrushes later on though.

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