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What Makes a Micron

Discussion in 'Airbrushes' started by Rick Martin, Jul 19, 2017.


  1. JackEb

    JackEb The Dragon Hunter Staff Member Admin

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    Give a 'master' a cheap knock off' brush and a newbie a 'micron' - which is going to produce the better work ? The master of course. They have the understanding of how a brush produces what it does and adjusts paint/pressure accordingly.

    Who is going to get to the finish line first ? The learner driver in the F1 or the pro driver in the 'mum & dad daily driver'
    ok, possibly the newbie if it's a Straight drag race, but you see what we are trying to explain?

    As Mark said, it's not the tool that creates the outcome, the operator has a bit to do with it too :D
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    Squishy Queen Clown Slayer Mod Artist of the Month!

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    @JackEb, you are mad though right? I'm sure you have one of those special cuddle yourself jackets around some where, if not you can borrow mine lol.

    It's the person on the end of the brush that plays a huge part. A skilled ABer, can get the most out of any brush. And I will admit that there is an element of paying for the name with a micron, however they are used by many to earn a living and they have to live up to their rep, or they wouldn't be used for long. A pro's time is too valuable to waste on a tool that isn't quality, and they wont waste money on it for the sake of it, or if they cant rely on it.

    But its not for everyone, some just wont click with it for whatever reason. And some just don't need that kind of brush for what they do. It is a fact though that despite its price it is still hugely popular for a reason.
  3. Rick Martin

    Rick Martin Gravity Guru

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    Please im not knocking them..will i own one. Most definitely some day. The reason for this post was to see if it is certian parts that make a micron a micron. For example if it was based off needle size then my .15 evo would be considered a micron. Im understanding what makes a micron what it is. And yes most of you can take any brush and do wonders with it. But if a micron makes your job easier then by all means i would expect you to use it especially if you earn your living by an airbrush. Please dont think i was knocking them. I would like to have one someday.
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    Mad crazy, yes. Mad angry, rarely. I had my jacket restuffed a few months back so it should be good for awhile but thanks for the offer:D


    I for one didn't think you were knocking them, I had similar thoughts when I started.
    You've read all the hype about a micron and it can seem ridiculous that a 'tool' can be worth so much, but then again 'pro' tools are rarely inexpensive.
    For me it comes down to the right tool for the job. I don't recall seeing the 'tshirts guys' using a micron, they don't need that level of detail. On a few pieces I've used two or three different brushes.

    A lot of it comes down to the head system as others have already stated..... magic happens in there!!
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    Don't feel bad I would love a micron too, Even better a micron that's super tuned by carlos at fox studio but thats WAAAAAYYYYY out of my price range!!:(:(
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    I'm slowly pimping my one out... waiting for the 0.23mm needle.
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    markjthomson Very happy! Staff Member Mod

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    There was one for sale recently... ummmm, I think it was @MeeshellMP
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    MeeshellMP Goddess Queen of carts Mod

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    Yep. Ive got a buddy selling one. Hellova deal!!
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  9. Rick Martin

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    Pm me with his price please
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    Certain part, that make micron a micron is the air nozzle. Dave has shown the difference between micron's air nozzle and not micron's one on the photo. Though, there are knock offs that have air nozzle like original microns, but their performance is far from equal.
    Micron's has threaded "tube" that screws into the AB body and this design makes another dynamics of the air flow unlike other air nozzles that have "chamber" inside it with inner threads.

    Olympos had "Special" series SP, which has the same air nozzle as "Micron" and both series perform the same great. Only difference is you can't change the head.

    My friend has Infinity 0.15mm and says that she likes and can produce better results with her HP-C+. So, different people - different results.

    I do not earn from ABing, but I do own some quantity of microns and can say they are worth airbrushes. One thing I'd say that 0.18mm setup is better for me and the microns with short bodies like CM-SB and MP-200A. Those with longer bodies like MP-200C and CM-C+... I see no reason to buy them, as micron is for detail work (if it's freehand without any stencils) where longer bodied microns are inconvenient. Just my preference. They work OK from the distance, but no reason to use them from the distance as other japanese AB can give good results from the distance. Why to pay more?
    I'd like to try CM-C as it has shorter body than CM-C+. I like old HP-C design for the convenience and CM-C has almost the same body.

    Quality of micron's parts is the same as other Iwata ABs.

    No other airbrush I have can produce such fine line as micron does, no matter how I played with the reductions, pressures etc.
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    Jurien72 Have Airbrush - Will Travel!

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    Wow I'm late to the party on this one! Oh well...
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    Lol that normally me being late for the party.

    Rick
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    i have a .18 micron, .23 micron, and .15mm evo crplus, on top of many brushes, the microns, atomization, i feel no one can compete, its just beautiful, but the evo for me, is user friendly i feel, the microns you have to do what they want, the evo is morw forgiving i feel, but your even talking about 2 different triggers in general, thw evo with their little guy in the back and with no needle adjustment, the same with grex to, and the microns soft and delicate trigger, i also feel the evo cr plus, is softer with its air when you press on the trigger but all in all, the best brush ever i feel for fine lines is a old school holbein dash model, with air adjustment just by turning the head assembly, i have 2 but only bring them out to take care of something that im having a problem with, but this all works for me, maybe not the next guy, and your paint plays a huge role toox my .15 evo requires crazy thin paint, but my microns not as much
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    I found that what make micron is "How finest grinded pigment is suspended in acrylic dispersion". What i mean by that is if your pigment settles fast best head set cant help.
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    Many brushes can do this, but not with such ease. It takes no effect to do micro size lines and then you have the amazing atomization especially at low psi.

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