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What airbrush setup should I get? (specific goals mentioned)

Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by redlayers, Jun 23, 2019.


  1. SiRoxx

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    Second this statement LOL. You really won’t need the lube. Although it seems like a good idea, Iwata airbrushes don’t need lubricant to function properly. If it feels like you need to lube something, it means something needs cleaning. I have the Sparmax clean out pot, which is very similar to the Iwata, but about half the price. Everything else looks good.


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  2. redlayers

    redlayers Young Tutorling

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    Definitely helps a lot!
    I'll defintiely get the cheaper chemical pot. I'm still in that, "well Iwata makes good airburshes, therefore all their products must be good!" mentality.
    I'll also try that Glad Press and Seal. If it doesn't work then at least I didn't drop a lot of money on it.

    As for paint surface, seeing as I will be using airbrush, acrylic and watercolor, I was thinking illustration boards or hot press watercolor paper taped down on a wooden board. I don't know how thick paper has to be for the airbrush paint to not bleed or warp the paper. I'm not really sure what the difference between private stock and EFX is...
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    I hear you, I like anything with Iwata written on it as I’m a fanboy lol, but sometimes you are paying a premium for the name alone. In terms of surface, really anything is fine to get started. Lots of folks will print out a work sheet, put it in a picture frame and paint on the glass. You can then scrape or wipe it clean and reuse it. In the US poster board is a cheap practice surface that gets used a lot too.
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    I see you don't use bottom feed much :D

    There is a hugeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, like huge Dragon cake difference lol


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    That moment, when you all giggly waiting for Jackie's turn lol
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    The crap behind those pots, let's just say, you never notice that...
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    Looks like my art space lol...Glad to see I'm not the only one "creative" with the surroundings..
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    I just grabbed a clean out pot from harbor freight yesterday for a less than 8 dolllars
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    I'm kinda shamed of it... I always write stuff like don't look behind.... Maybe I should blur in photoshop next time lol
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    On a serious note, Had issues when my side feed was connected to a hose. And whenever I wonted to put it in to holder I needed to turn the cup, so paint wouldn't spill out.

    So I had enough of that and I took that piece which you get with airbrush regulator and I elevate that piece so I don't need to turn that cup any more. The second one I used just like regular airbrush holder.

    I didn't like if my airbrushes are close to the end of the work bench. I still remember how @Dimitris dropped his micron and I am very scared not to do the same with my airbrush. So I tried to fix things with what I have at home. I took the ones you get with regulator.


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    Is that a Gargoyle painting I see in the background? (Sneaky).


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    Yep :p
    I try to paint it from time to time, I kinda started bicycling LOT so I didn't go all bananas on gargoyle :p But I do paint it from time to time. I posted somewhere my progress though. This was the last update I made to forum, but I am further with gargoyle though :D
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    Here you go SiRoxx, I made a picture just for you... You damn you lol
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    For some reason I seem to miss a lot of threads that get posted, and didn’t see this. For what it’s worth Buddy, I think you’ve got a really cool looking texture on that piece. But I’m also glad your having fun with the bike!


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    I am home now, cause rain caught me :D

    I do enjoy my bike, I needed some adventure in my life. I hope I will not catch a tree on a way lol
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    Thanks Mate! I think that’s looking great. Maybe the method of doing a little bit here and there is working for you.


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    Haha, those trees can be surprisingly magnetic!


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    I don't use much etac any more mostly golden high flow now
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    UPDATE!
    First off thanks to everyone for the replies! Everyone has been incredibly helpful with tips and making me feel more comfortable with this new medium.

    I have the airbrush supplies! Iwata HP CS, Power Jet Pro compressor, threaded hose and E'tac PS paints. Yes I bought all of PS series paints. Art is my hobby so that's where I spend my extra money.

    I'm excited but haven't used it yet. I'm a bit nervous as it's a new realm of art and new very expensive equipment. I've learned how to disassemble the airbrush, very easy. I've been reading the compressor and airbrush manuals over and over and more or less understand the how they work. I've been watching cleaning videos and have a routine planned out so I don't ruin the equipment or stumble during a session.

    One final concern I have is paint thinning. I read that E'tac is good to use right out of the bottle but you still might need to thin it. I've read that you can use water mixed with alchohol but I'm not entirely sure if I should do that or get a bottle of acrylic thinner. On USAirbrush where I bought the paints, there is a section for chemicals to add tot the paints but I really don't understand what they despite the product description. Don't know if it even has to be the same brand. I'd really like start practicing but I want to make sure everything is addressed so I'm not stopping midway through a session and come to find out I forgot to buy something.

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    I cleaned up my area Thursday. Today I'm like dang what happened, I just cleaned and organized all this crap!
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