Newbie to Airbrushing



I am new to airbrushing, I am very artistically inclined an I would like some opinions on which airbrush to use. I see some brushes have a limit to how small the thin lines are which i don't like. I also see there are single and dual action brushes. I have spent hours reading about them, I would like some real life info if possible. Most of my art is graffiti style 3D art. I do enjoy doing realism pieces, or most anything that is thrown at me, I love a challenge, I just dont have enough cash for the best gear. I wold be comfortable with high end Mid grade tools.
i like 3d art ,, would be nice if you could throw some of that work our way,, hell every one likes realism,,, welcome;; i started out with iwata ecclipse,,, great brush all purpose,, never had any trouble with it...good luck.. lot of great folks on here just ask .. you will get some help
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Welcome to the forum .

Ok where to start. First pick a good name brand airbrush , Iwata, Badger, H&S, Grex . You will want dual action, ouch down for air, pull back for paint, this give you the best control. Then decide which style fits you beast, gravity feed or siphon feed. Depends on how big a piece you will be working on. Murals, siphon, framed artwork, gravity. Most of us will have at least one siphon feed just in case.

Then decide on what paint line you want to try. Wicked, spectra tex, ETac, Auto Air. And many more. Find a paint that is going to work on the surfaces you will be working on. With proper prep any of these can work on any surface.

As far as needle sizes go, a good one to start with is a .3mm. Yes it's not as forgiving as say a .5 mm. But once you get used to the reduction rates needed to make it work, you will have passed that hurdle. D not try to go with a .2 as a starter, it can lead to too much frustration , between .3 and .5mm is a great place to start. Think Iwata eclipse or badger patriot. Both of these lines have a siphon feed version. Or in the patriots case, the anthem is actually a bit larger, comes in at a .7mm size.

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Welcome from Canada :)

As wmlepage said it really depends more on the medium you will painting on.
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First and foremost, Welcome to the Orange Forum from Oklahoma USA!!

Secondly, brushes are like condoms, if you get the wrong size, things just don't work the way they should, haha, sorry, just trying to make ya feel at home before the other head cases get ahold of ya, haha.

Seriously though, would be great if you could go to a hobby shop and put the brushes in your hand, because they each have their own feel!!! If you're like me, Im almost 100 miles from any hobby store so I just ordered brushes online and made due with what I had until I had a few and found which ones worked best in hand for me. As stated above, really knowing what you will be painting ON and most of will help a lot in the decision of the airbrush! If you are doing textiles (ie shirts, etc...) you may want a siphon feed (bottom feed with the bottles) so you can change colors quickly!!! If its siphon feed youre looking for, the Iwata Eclipse has a very affordable and durable siphon feed, the Badger 150 or 155 Anthem are good siphon feed brushes. If you want to pay a bit more, go for the Badger 360 Universal, this machine is Both a gravity feed and a siphon feed. The cup spins around to the bottom to accept a bottle or spin it back to the top to use as a gravity feed. If you are looking to do some really fine detail work which it sounded like by your statement in your introduction, you may want to go with a gravity feed or a side feed. A good and very affordable gravity feed is the Badger Krome 2n1. Comes with 2 different needles and nozzles which allows you to go ultra fine or just fine detail. Another good gravity feed brush is the Badger Patriot 105. These are very affordable brushes and they can be a firehose or you can do some fine detailing with them as well! I also thing the Badger Sotar 2020 is on sale on Amazon again for around $84us and that's a hell of a buy! As stated the Iwata Eclipse has been and still is a highly rated gravity feed and is affordable, the Iwata HP-C+ is another gravity feed brush that is awesome but you will be paying close to 2 bills for it.

Check em out at Coast Airbrush dot com or any other online airbrush shop and read up on them.

Best of luck with your decision and let us know what you go with!!

Welcome from the uk, you already had some great advice, I will only add that the Iwata HP-CS is a great brush, and reasonably priced, although not the cheapest. It's great for anyone starting out, but will also serve you in the long run. After a few false starts trying other brushes, I got this and haven't looked back. Been ABing just over 2 years now, and still use this brush. The better I get, the more I can get out of it. So if you don't want to get a brush to use for now, and buy a better one later, this may suit you and save money in the long run. The only other brush I am interested in is the micron, the crème de la crème, but with a price tag to match, or possibly the Krome, which is a forum favourite.