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Discussion in 'Introductions, We'd like to say Hi' started by Akmetal, Mar 3, 2019.


  1. Akmetal

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    I'm just getting Started into this airbrushing thing. I have a CNC plasma table that I make cool images with out of metal. I've been painting primarily with spray can but wanting to use the Iwata eclipse hp to create more detail. and produce some higher quaility work to stand out among the rest. I've only been painting for a couple of yrs. only just started trying to airbrush "amatuer 101". Things are selling and I'm having loads of fun, love learning, and didn't realize airbrushing could be so relaxing any tips on painting metal would be great.
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  2. SiRoxx

    SiRoxx Party Boy UK Style Staff Member Mod Very Likeable!

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    Welcome Akmetal, nice to have you aboard. I think you’ll find the Eclipse a fine brush to learn and grow with. It’s often recommended as a first proper brush for good reason. Looking forward to seeing some of your creations posted up.


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    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Admin SuperMod

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    Welcome from New Zealand
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    Welcome from Australia,
    I'm glad that your able to sell your work, thats always a bonus :)

    As for the prep for the metal, there are people here who will steer you in the right direction.
    a super clean surface will be your first stop - a good wipe with a degreaser of some sort, followed by primer/sealer suitable for the paint you will be using

    You havent mentioned which paint you are using.
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  5. Akmetal

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    Right now we're primarily using dupli-color metalcast paint sprayed on cold rolled metal plate, it is an enamel base. I use prep-all to clean a solvent based cleaner. Also using metal dyes, due to shipping it is cost prohibitive it is an acetone base. We use 4.5" grinding discs using the grind marks to enhance the pieces helping bring it to life. We have used some acrylics brush on and recently airbrushed. I'm currently looking into Wicked color automotive being water based and more healthy. One other technique is using heat and bring out the colors of the carbon in the steel
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    sounds interesting, would love to see some pics :)
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  7. Akmetal

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    resized salmon.jpg Right now we're primarily using dupli-color metalcast paint sprayed on cold rolled metal plate, it is an enamel base. I use prep-all to clean a solvent based cleaner. Also using metal dyes, due to shipping it is cost prohibitive it is an acetone base. We use 4.5" grinding discs using the grind marks to enhance the pieces helping bring it to life. We have used some acrylics brush on and recently airbrushed. I'm currently looking into Wicked color automotive being water based and more healthy. One other technique is using heat and bring out the colors of the carbon in the steel. this pic is using the techniques above
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  8. Akmetal

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    the paint colors are only red and green the oranges and other colors are from the light reaction and heat treat. heat treat is only used on the bottom
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    JackEb The Dragon Hunter Staff Member Admin

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    Oh that’s very cool !
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    Franc Kaiser Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    Welcome to the forum from China! Really cool stuff, this plasma cutter!
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    Welcome to the forum, really nice piece of work. As your planning to use water based there are water based candies "candy 2O" by createx that if used on the ground metal it will look fantastic. Look forward to seeing more of your work.

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  12. Akmetal

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    Will the Candy 2O give the same transparency? I was looking at this paint is it similar?
    Auto Air Colors Airbrush Paint Transparent Set - 4963-00 this is a createx brand I was thinking this is part of the wicked color family unless I'm mistaken . Do you know if this is correct? Really appreciate the feed back
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    If you want great transparency then you cant go past a Candy (urethane or waterbased) the one thing to remember is that candys have a tendency to bleed so you'll need to lay down a protective coat like 4040 Bleed Check from Auto Air, it can be used on multiple layers. Some 'barrier coats' can only be used once without reactivating the paints

    You may find this page useful
    https://autoaircolors.com/custom-candy-colors/candy2o.html
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    Welcome!
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    You can also reduce the Wicked colors down enough to give them the "candy" look, without having them bleed. I just painted a metal american flag, and reduced my wicked blue down, and the metal still showed through
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  16. Akmetal

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    What grit sand paper do you use. I use 40 grit and then use 80 or 120 to soften and enhance the grind. Wondering if I have to go to a higher grit with the Candy paint. What type of metal do you work with?
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    Whatever the metal guy sends my way is the metal...Ive used steel, aluminum. Basically, I will paint on anything lolol
    I started with 80 grit and worked up. If its just to smooth it out? I use 180 grit. If its more of a grinding look? I just grab the small hand grinder i have, and just use that
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