Air Brush Vs. Spray Paint

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    Air Brush Vs. Spray Paint

    Hey all,
    As the title states, which is better?: Airbrushing or Spray painting. I know that air brushing is more expensive and seen to be more "professional". But which is really better? I mean both are just paint propelled by air right?
    Thanks guys!

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    Re: Air Brush Vs. Spray Paint

    Well, that's a broad question. It really depends on what kind of application you're using it for.

    The paint in spray cans generally has larger particulates, meaning it won't give as fine a finish as paint formulated for airbrushing.
    That's just for spray cans overall. There are some more expensive spray cans that will give a very fine spray, such as
    Tamiya fine surface primer. Man, that stuff sprays on smooth!

    For choices in colors, you can't beat airbrushing. Spray can selection is pretty limited. If you've ever walked into a (good) hobby
    shop and seen the selection of model paints, just consider that any one of them can be thinned and shot thru an airbrush. It
    also opens up the possibility of color mixing, and coming up with a huge number of custom colors.

    If you're going to be doing weathering or detail work, an airbrush has the advantage here, too. A spray can only has one
    setting: spray. I know there are some that have different buttons you can snap on the can to adjust the pattern, but
    none of them will adjust enough to give good, controllable definition.

    One initial drawback to airbrushing is the expense. But after you've bought the airbrush, and an air system, it'll last for years.
    Those are just my opinions. I'm sure there are a lot of members who have preferences either way.

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    Re: Air Brush Vs. Spray Paint

    Thanks man, That pretty much answered my question. I have one last question though, I have a small electric tire inflator; can I use that for air brushing? it must be able to put out some power cause it basically lifted my car when I had a flat tire.

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    Re: Air Brush Vs. Spray Paint

    Hmm. . . not too sure about that. You should check what kind of PSI it puts out.
    If you're pushing more than 25-30 PSI thru an airbrush, that's too much pressure and
    will lead to problems with the finish. It can also damage the airbrush itself.

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    Re: Air Brush Vs. Spray Paint

    danakin245 said: View Post
    I have a small electric tire inflator; can I use that for air brushing?
    In a nut shell, no, these tire compressors are not suitable, generally the air is pulsed, that's the best way to describe it, essentially the compressor switches on and off rapidly, which means you don't get constant airflow, regardless of the pressure

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    Re: Air Brush Vs. Spray Paint

    Boba Mike said: View Post
    In a nut shell, no, these tire compressors are not suitable, generally the air is pulsed, that's the best way to describe it, essentially the compressor switches on and off rapidly, which means you don't get constant airflow, regardless of the pressure
    Boba mike is spot on here. You'll need a compressor with a storage tank and a regulator to allow adjustment on how much pressure is fed through to the airbrush.

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    Re: Air Brush Vs. Spray Paint

    Ah, I didn't know that about those tire inflators.

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