With an airbrush, you may, exactly like a traditional paint gun, spray paint
on any kind of surface, thanks to compressed air given by an engine or by
1.5 litre bottles. Using a system with bottles is a good idea if you don't
want to spend too much money at the beginning. Unlike a paint gun, an airbrush
is much smaller and usually there is a "two functions" trigger in
order to adjust both the air and paint flow. Once you are able to use airbrush,
you can draw lines not thicker than 1 millimetre and you may also cover more
important surfaces and use colour gradations. Airbrush is often used for illustration,
for comic strips, on material, car bodies, in interior or exterior design
(walls). It is even used to decorate cakes with colouring agents.
Airbrush with a fixed paint
"Airbrush with a fixed paint bottle" has its bottle on the upper part and in front of the trigger, which makes it less fragile and easier to handle. It
can also be used indifferently by a left or a right-handed.
However, having to refill the bottle several times when painting a large surface
might be the main drawback of this system. A
large paint bottle is not a good solution either, as it will prevent you
from seeing correctly what you are doing.
with a removable paint bottle
with a removable paint bottle" has
its bottle on the right-hand side
as the Paasche (see picture above) or underneath for large bottles. The good
point is that can change the bottle according to the kind of job you are doing.
The other good point is that when you are using your airbrush to cover a ceiling,
the only thing you have to do to avoid having paint running on your forearms
is to rotate the bottle in the upright position. However, some paint bottles
may not be correctly fastened to the airbrush, I let you imagine the big mess
you can have…
There is also a type of airbrush with the removable paint bottle on the left
Which type of airbrush
to choose ?
It is very difficult to make the right choice when you are an expert, all
the more when you know nothing about it.
The ideal thing would be for you to try and compare all the different types
of airbrush in the same shop. In fact, you usually have to trust the seller
and hope everything will be OK.
If the price, the fineness of the line, the handiness, are the most important
points, never forget to ask what the spare parts will cost you. The needle
and the nozzle which are both the weakest and the most essential parts need
to be replaced frequently, especially when you are a beginner. In any case,
you will spend from 428 US to 500 US just to be ready to start with
your airbrush, a small air compressor and a few paint bottles left. You may
find small air-compressed bottles interesting at the beginning, but if you
use too many of them you will exceed the price of a small air compressor.
Moreover the spraying of paint is not always as even as with an air-compressor.
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