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Siphon vs Gravity airbrush

Discussion in 'Airbrushes' started by Andrew Renton, Jul 10, 2018.


  1. jord001

    jord001 Air-Valve Autobot!

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    Yep its our very own Seamonkey. Sadly we don't see enough of him.

    Lee
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    fingers99 Double Actioner

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    "Practice and familiarity with your tools are the most important thing." Very, very, true.
    For the best of all worlds, look at the Iwata SB models (available in Eclipse through to Custom Micron ranges). They come with a side cup, allow "straight down the barrel" sighting (which some folk find very important) BUT will also take dedicated gravity feed bottles up to 2 fluid ounces.
    The only real downside is that the brushes are harder than many to clean.
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    Jurien72 Have Airbrush - Will Travel!

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    I watched that video a long time ago and never knew that was Seamonkey!
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    YEP, that was the video I saw several months back now. Brilliant idea I thought. Will look to buy some cheap picture frame as mentioned now. Makes the setup for practicing stuff much quicker.
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    DominicL Young Tutorling

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    And finding that video in this thread is why I read these forums! Ya never know what info you will find! Thanks folks, for the info!
    Regarding the topic, in my limited exp painting small plastic car bodies, i too find that the gravity brush vs a siphon or side fed is much easier to clean. But even saying much easier, it's really only a difference in a minute or 2. I use a Badger 100 side feed (comparable to the Thayer and Chandler side feeds in size. Love the small size of this brush!) and various gravity fed brushes including a Talon and cheap Amazon top feed brushes. I've yet to get to the artistic use of airbrushes and comparisons of lines, but I now have a glass frame set up with practice sheets thanks to this thread! Yeah, I'm gonna like it here!
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    crewchief227 Spider Splatterer

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    I too have an SB & C+V2 microns, and the difference I notice between the side feed and gravity feed is yes you have to prime the sb so to speak, especially if you put it down for a bit the paint chamber doesn't stay primed like in my C+.
  7. Mr.Micron

    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Admin

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    Did you get the 3 nozzle needle set up with the VL?
    If you put the fine needle nozzle set up in it and learn paint reduction for it then there is not reason why not. I watch a guy paint 4 skulls within the size of a dime with a VL. But as you have stated it all comes down to practice and lots of it.
    I started with an 30 year old VL and after getting somewhat alright at airbrushing is when I decided to upgrade to the Eclipse CS, from there the CM-C+ and a Krome then a infinity and the list just keep getting bigger LOL shhh I am an airbrush addict but I do not have a problem I can stopp at any time I want I just don't want to :D
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    erwin de pan Needle-chuck Ninja

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    Yes, I love it. micro airbrushing. Think this clip is what you meant?
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  9. Mr.Micron

    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Admin

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    Yes and no mainly cause he is using his CS in this one but he does have one that is older with him using a VL.
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