Humbrol in airbrush - is that ok?

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    Humbrol in airbrush - is that ok?

    I have an airbrush, and I'd like to try thinned Humbrol paint in it. Will the colours look right and dry ok? And will it be hard to clean the airbrush later?

    I'm going to paint the ESB helmet, and I'm not sure if it's best to use the Humbrol paint list or the Pollyscale/MM/Floquil list.

    Any advice?

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    Re: Humbrol in airbrush - is that ok?

    I painted my helmet with Humbrol, and used Humbrol brand thinner. No problem. CLean the airbrush with white spirit. You´ll find that the enamels are easier to clean than acrylics. You should check out terminal fettlers step-by-step tutorial on painting ESB.

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    Re: Humbrol in airbrush - is that ok?

    Thin it down approx 1:1 and it is fine.

    Tip the Metallic 11 base silver for armour, helmet, jetpacks.....) is available in larger size tins.

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    Re: Humbrol in airbrush - is that ok?

    Thanks, guys! I'm going for terminal fettlers list, it looks really good.

    I'm sorry if I keep asking the same questions over and over, but I'm just sooo unsure, and I hate to do things twice, hehe. Thanks for your patience!

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    Re: Humbrol in airbrush - is that ok?

    Yeah, I've sprayed alot of Humbrols as well. You really gotta thin it out a lot!!!! I never measure exactly, but 1:1 sounds about right. It will also make a difference on how high of pressure you use also. lower pressure you need it thinned more, and higher pressure you need less thinning. I'm guessing 1:1 at 25-30 psi is about right, but you may have adjust your thinning a little bit one way or the other to get it just perfect.

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    formerly old_jedi_mind_trick Bobby Fett UK's Avatar
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    Re: Humbrol in airbrush - is that ok?

    I empty a pot and fill it with thinners and add that to the bottle. Sometimes add a little more depending on each colour, some are a little denser. I wish you could get all the range in bigger tins.

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    Re: Humbrol in airbrush - is that ok?

    I thin about 1:1 too, Humbrol is a lot thicker than most paints out there.

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