1. Member Since
    Aug 2014
    Aug 24, 2014, 7:57 AM - Airbrushing ??? #1

    Ok so I am new to this... I bought some paint and a super cheap airbrush plush air can from my hobby store. I can not get the thing to work, do you have to thin out the paint?

    If you could recommend paint / air brush where would you go?

  2. Aug 24, 2014, 8:08 AM - Re: Airbrushing ??? #2

    Yes you need to thin the paint. It depends on the paint your using how much to thin it..its kind of a trial and error until you find the consistency that works with your airbrush/paint combo. That said, those air cans ive never had much luck with..they work, but its very hard to work with the cumbersome can, and they usually dont give much pressure, at least the ones i had anyway.

    Paintwise, at this stage of the game, id say your best bet for paints is Humbrol and testors/ModelMasters. Floquil/pollyscale was a popular one but they have been bought out by Testors and discontinued. Whatever is left out there isnt much.

    I use whats left of my Floquils, and mostly Humbrol and Model masters paints

    My airbrush is an Iwata Eclipse.
  3. DeathProof's Avatar
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    Jun 2013
    Aug 24, 2014, 10:37 AM - Re: Airbrushing ??? #3

    What ratio do you use, Lou? I've read it's normally 3 parts thinner to 1 part paint (humbol). That sound right?
  4. Member Since
    Aug 2014
    Aug 24, 2014, 12:26 PM - Re: Airbrushing ??? #4

    I was going to ask the same question Death proof :-)
  5. Major's Avatar
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    Apr 2008
    Aug 24, 2014, 1:11 PM - Re: Airbrushing ??? #5

    It also depends on how many coats you want to lay down, the more you thin the paint, the more layers you'll have to put down....

    I tend to go closer to 1 paint to 1 thinner (or a little less). A formula I saw once that works...... The paint with thinner should be the consistency of milk...... Once I did that, I haven't had near the problems I used to

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  6. Aug 24, 2014, 2:11 PM - Re: Airbrushing ??? #6

    yea, what Major said is pretty much spot on.

    It varies because sometimes the humbrol is a little older and thick like i'll have to add more thinner to that than normal. The consistency of milk is pretty much dead on. i think my average ratio is about 1:1 a little less thinner...if the paint is normal consistency. With floquils i used probably 2:1 paint to thinner because it was a much better consistency right out of the bottle.

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