BD Airbrushes

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CODE BD-138
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Airbrush BD-138

SINGLE ACTION AIRBRUSH

Spray pattern adjusts from l/4" to 2" Includes 5ft vinyl hose, Jar with cover attached jar, propel regulator adaptor. Standard Nozzle Dia.:0.8mm Operating Pressure: 15-50psi

 

 

 

 

CODE AIRBD-800F
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Airbrush BD-800F Gold

Airbrush Pro series BD-800 airbrush kit, suction feed with advanced double action trigger to activate and control the air and paint mixture. Designed for comfort and built for optimum quality.

The BD-800 is superb and versatile with excellent results from model painting through to custom car artwork.

Specifications:

Body length 155mm, Nozzle dia 0.35mm, Working pressure 15-50 psi, 1 x Metal cup 5cc, 1 x Glass jar 22cc, 1 X Metal hanger, 1 x Spanner.


 

 

 

 

 

CODE AIRBD-133
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Airbrush BD-133

Airbrush Pro series BD-133 with suction feed and advanced double action for extra control push down for air and pull back for paint. Ridged trigger button grips under your finger for greater comfort and better control. Designed for ease and built for outstanding quality. Made with high quality precision components that enable this airbrush to work efficiently while providing exceptional atomization and accurate spray control. Multi-Purpose usage, as it works well with most paint media and applications. Suction feed is when the paint container usually a glass jar is positioned under the airbrush rather than a cup on top. With this method of feed the paint is drawn up from a reservoir below the body of the airbrush This airbrush type typically holds a larger capacity of paint and is more suited for larger areas. Detachable glass paint jars are ideal when using several colours for speed and ease of use. These are usually called bottom, suction or side feed.

The BD-133 is a superb airbrush and will work to a pencil line with outstanding results. This new airbrush not only sets new standards in design, it also offers intelligent functions and ergonomic excellence. Easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain airbrush. The BD-133 airbrush was drawn on a long history of technological experience, and has an established a reputation for incorporating the highest of quality materials. The comfortable feel from this airbrush enables easy use in everyday spraying environments. The airbrush is designed to allow the spray pattern to be changed from a pencil line to a broader pass. From airbrushing models to spraying T shirts the BD-133 will be ready for the toughest job. Remember if you want your airbrush to perform at it's best you must clean it after each use. Acrylic Colours are very common in airbrushing and many companies make these specially for airbrushing. Different airbrushing techniques from basic to advanced is what makes this model very popular. Minimal spare parts to stock, easy maintenance and cleaning. A great all round airbrush at a unbeatable price. This airbrush will work well with the following paints & inks,

Water colours
Acrylic Paint
Temporary tattoo ink
Enamel Paint / Thinned down
Spray tanning solution
Oil Paints / Thinned down
Sign Paint / Thinned down
Golden Airbrush colours
Createx Paint
Autoair Paint

Specifications:

Body length 150mm, Nozzle dia 0.3mm, Working pressure 15-50 psi, 1 x Bottle 22cc, Air input 1/8 bsp


 

 

 

 

CODE AIRBD-128P
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Airbrush BD-128P

Airbrush Pro series BD-128P airbrush kit, suction feed with advanced double action trigger to activate and control the air and paint mixture. Designed for comfort and built for optimum quality.The versatility of the BD-128P allows for a broad range of applications making it the 'classic' airbrush in the BD line. Used by everyone from artists to taxidermists and auto customisers to furniture refinishers, this airbrush sprays properly reduced acrylics, acrylic enamels and lacquers, gouaches, fabric colours, water colours, inks, dyes etc.very popular with modellists and hobbyists looking for one airbrush which will spray anything from a fine pencil line right up to 40mm. Control allows for finer adjustments of spray patterns. The BD range of Airbrushes are recommended because of their quality, reliability, technical superiority and availability of spare parts. The body design provides exacting balance and long term user comfort. The BD-128P also provides flawless performance in the most rigorous of production airbrushing environments.

The BD-128P is superb and versatile with excellent results with Siphon Feed from the BD range provides a high quality airbrush ideal for use on model kits. Excellent for multiple applications for novice to advanced airbrushers. Minimal spare parts to stock, easy maintenance and cleaning. The BD-128P is one of the most comfortable, reliable, proficient, cost effective, user friendly airbrush ever.

Specifications:

Glass Jar Capacity: 22cc
Body Length: 150mm
Spanner: 1pc
Standard Nozzle Dia: 0.35mm
MetalCup: 5cc
Metal Hanger: 1pc
Air input: 1/8 bsp
CODE AIRBD-130

Airbrush BD-130

Airbrush Pro BD-130 Series professional airbrushes offer a variety of styles. Grooved trigger button grips under your finger for greater comfort and better control. Each of these exceptional airbrushes offers precision performance for a soft spray pattern and tight line detail. The BD-130 Series features correctly proportioned body weight providing perfect balance and comfort for the most exacting professional applications.This model can achieve spray patterns from fine detail to broader coverage handling light & medium fluids. A 7cc permanently mounted colour cup lets you get close to your work, and allows easy cleaning and colour changing. The long-standing choice of fine artists, illustrators, and decorative painters. With gravity feed and advanced double action trigger to activate and control the air and paint mixture. Fitted with fixed top cup. Designed for comfort and built for optimum quality. Gravity feed generally means a small cup reservoir on top or side mounted, paint is fed by gravity and requires less air pressure than suction type. Fine detail is best achieved and suited for this type of airbrush.

The BD-130 is a professional airbrush and will work to fine lines of less than 1mm with outstanding results that can be used in commercial arts, photo retouching, craft work spraying, fine art, cosmetics, spray tanning, body art, nail art, temporary tattoo work, custom car spraying art & murals, motorcycle tanks, helmets, military, scale model spraying, T shirt spraying, fabric, leather, cake decorating and general airbrushing. This airbrush runs the gamut from fine detail to background coverage. Perfect for the project that requires detailing, tinting and shading. All types of modelling paints can be used always remember to clean well after use with the appropriate paint thinners.The trigger and air valve have been designed to allow for a smoother stroke as well as ease of assembly and durability.

Specifications:

Body length 150mm, Nozzle dia 0.3mm, Working pressure 15-50 psi, 1 x Metal cup 7cc, Air input 1/8 bsp
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Note that a paintbrush is a handy tool for cleaning purposes. Don't make the mistake of using a cotton swab to clean the colour cup, which can deposit cotton fibres during the cleaning process that may contribute to clogging of the airbrush.
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Always try and clean your airbrush after you have finished for the day. Flush through with either water, thinners/solvents, depending on the type of paint you have used. Blow air through the airbrush to dry it out when it is clean.
CODE AIRBD-180
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Airbrush BD-180

Airbrush Pro series BD-180 highest emphasis was placed on easy handling, clean lines, universal application as well as ruggedness of the individual components. with gravity feed and advanced double action trigger to activate and control the air and paint mixture. Designed for comfort and built for optimum quality. For the elite professional who demands precise and accurate control of very detailed spraying, this airbrush is built to be the "best of the best" hand-tested and adjusted for perfection. Renown as the professionals choice for the utmost of fine line detail. An airbrush that does it all - from fine hairlines to finely atomized background spray.

Special machining processes along with the meticulous hand-fitting of the parts create an airbrush with superb atomization and incredible control.

* Adjustable trigger mechanism
* Ease in handling
* Brilliant, very fine spray characteristics
* Excellent cost/performance ratio
* Convenient to clean design
* Accept enamels, lacquers, acrylics, dyes, inks, & more
* Short passageway from cup to nozzle for responsive feel

The BD-180 is a professional airbrush and will work to fine lines of less than 1mm with outstanding results that can be used in craft work spraying, fine art, Illustration, Figurines & miniatures, thin cosmetics, spray tanning, body art, nail art, temporary tattoo work, custom car spraying art & murals, motorcycle tanks, helmets, military, scale model spraying, T shirt spraying, fabric, leather, cake decorating and general airbrushing.

This new airbrush not only sets new standards in design, it also offers intelligent functions and ergonomic excellence. Easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain airbrush. The BD-180 airbrush was drawn on a long history of technological experience, and has an established a reputation for incorporating the highest of quality materials.

Specifications:

Body length 150mm, Nozzle dia 0.20mm, Working pressure 15-50 psi, Metal cup 9cc capacity.
CODE AIRBD-181
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Airbrush BD-181

Airbrush Pro series BD-181 similar to the BD-180 the difference being a slightly smaller nozzle size 0.2mm and a larger gravity feed cup of 13cc.

The Gravity Feed airbrush, alternatively, allows the artist to slow down. Gravity pulls material into the airbrush, so the airbrush can be operated at a lower pressure for improved airbrush control. This makes it easier to do finer detail work as the finishing process can be done at a more deliberate pace. Gravity feed is usually the best choice for detail airbrushing.

•House of Kolor
•Auto Air Colors
•Createx Paint
•Auto Bourne
•Com-Art Paints
•LifeColor Paints
•Medea Body Art Colours
•Medea Textile Colours
•Medea Nail-Art Colours

Specifications:

Feed Type: Gravity
Standard NozzleDia: 0.2mm
Cup Capacity: 13cc
Working Pressure: 15-50psi
Double-actionTrigger Air paint Control.
CODE AIRBD-182
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Airbrush BD-182

Airbrush Pro series BD-182 with suction feed and advanced double action trigger to activate and control the air and paint mixture. Designed for comfort and built for optimum quality. Suction feed, this airbrush typically holds a larger capacity of paint and is more suited for larger areas. Called a bottom or side feed usually the paint is held in a glass jar.

The BD-182 is a professional airbrush and will work to fine lines of less than 1mm with outstanding results that can be used in craft work spraying, fine art, cosmetics, spray tanning, body art, nail art, temporary tattoo work, custom car spraying art & murals, motorcycle tanks, helmets, military, scale model spraying, T shirt spraying, fabric, leather, cake decorating and general airbrushing.

Specifications:

Body length 150mm, Nozzle dia 0.5mm, Working pressure 15-50 psi, Glass jar 22cc capacity.
CODE AIRBD-183
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Airbrush BD-183

Airbrush Pro series BD-183 with gravity feed and advanced double action trigger to activate and control the air and paint mixture. Designed for comfort and built for optimum quality.

The BD-183 is a professional airbrush and will work to fine lines of less than 1mm with outstanding results that can be used in craft work spraying, fine art, cosmetics, spray tanning, body art, nail art, temporary tattoo work, custom car spraying art & murals, motorcycle tanks, helmets, military, scale model spraying, T shirt spraying, fabric, leather, cake decorating and general airbrushing.

Specifications:

Feed Type:Gravity
Standard NozzleDia :0.5mm
Cup Capacity: 2, 5 & 13cc
Working Pressure: 15-50psi
Double-action Trigger Air paint Control

AIRBRUSH TROUBLESHOOTING

Generally speaking your airbrush will require a small amount of care, cleaning your airbrush every time after use makes for good standard practice and you will have years of service.  However parts wear out or break & accidents do happen nozzles split or needles get bent.

 A lot of airbrush problems are very much related to paint problems, so before you blame your airbrush try spraying with water or thinner. Remember paint needs to be really thin to work in a airbrush with nozzle sizes of 0.3mm and below.

Below is a series of Questions & Answers for basic airbrush problems.

Q – How do I clean my airbrush?

A - To achieve optimum results always make sure your airbrush is always cleaned after use. If using water based paints flush through via spraying with warm water or an airbrush cleaning solution to expel any remaining paint in the system. Then continue to use air alone to dry the system. When using solvent based paints then the appropriate solvent thinner is used in the same way. To aid the cleaning process hold a piece of lint free cloth tight over the airbrush needle cap and spray into the cloth this will force back and circulate through the system achieving removal of residue of paint. After prolonged use or poor cleaning it may be prudent to strip the airbrush and soak parts that are showing signs of stubborn dried paint in the appropriate cleaning solution, airbrush needle, nozzle and nozzle cap being the most common airbrush parts requiring attention.

 

Q - Air will spray out of my airbrush but no paint?

A - Make sure the needle chucking nut is tight on the needle, a loose chucking nut means your needle will not be engaged and will be slipping in the chucking nut resulting in not travelling backwards when you pull the trigger back to release paint, although it feels like the normal trigger action.  Check your airbrush parts diagram if you are unsure of this part.

A - If you have just fitted a replacement nozzle check to see if your nozzle is fitted with a seal, however remember not all airbrushes are designed to have rubber seals at the back of the nozzle, it may be metal to metal seal. If your airbrush nozzle is fitted with a rubber seal, then make sure the nozzle is nipped up tight against the seal which lies at the back of the nozzle, with the tiny spanner usually found with your airbrush kit.

A - Check the airbrush lid and pay special attention to the vent hole and make sure this is open and not blocked also make sure the suction tube is not clogged or positioned flat on the bottom of the jar.

A - Make sure the nozzle, needle or nozzle cap are not clogged up with dried paint. When any of these are blocked up you will get feed back into the cup or jar. Classic sign to watch for are bubbles forming in the cup or jar.

 

Q - When pressing down on the air lever also paint is released?

A - The needle is not seated correctly, loosen the chucking nut which holds the needle tight and very carefully see if the needle will push forward a fraction until it stops. If it does move forward a fraction it will stop paint from being released when the trigger is pressed for air only. Now re tighten the chucking nut on the needle. If the needle does not move forward the tip of the needle may need cleaning. Clean the needle tip and reinsert the needle very carefully all the way until it stops again remember to re tighten the chucking nut on the needle.

 

Q - My airbrush will not spray fine lines?

A -  Step 1 Make sure your airbrush is clean.

      Step 2 Thin your airbrush paint to an almost ink like, milky solution.

      Step 3 Low pressure.

      Step 4 Close as possible to the surface avoiding splatter or run.

      Step 5 Steady hands.

      Step 6 Plenty of practice.

 

Q - Why occasionally does my airbrush spit tiny lumps of paint onto my work?

A - Usually this problem is just called tip dry, this problem is just a build up of dry paint on the end of the needle which reaches a stage of growth and finally is spat forward towards your work and is more frequently associated when using water based paints. This problem is easy to resolve, one way is to remove the needle cap and use a cotton bud dipped into the appropriate cleaning solution and gently clean the needle tip by holding the cotton bud vertical to the needle end and twisting the cotton bud around the the needle end until all visible build up of dry paint is removed, then replace the needle cap. The second and most popular way, but remember these needles are very sharp so be very careful is to remove the needle cap, then with your thumb and forefinger grip the needle end and pull backwards removing the dry paint build up, repeat until clean then replace the needle cap.

 

Q - Why does my airbrush go into a continual spitting action?

A - Usually this problem is resolved by just thinning down the paint you are using.

Airbrush Cleaning

To achieve optimum results always make sure your airbrush is always cleaned after use. If using water based paints flush through via spraying with warm water  or an airbrush cleaning solution to expel any remaining paint in the system. Then continue to use air alone to dry the system. When using solvent based paints then the appropriate solvent thinner is used in the same way. To aid the cleaning process hold a piece of lint free cloth tight over the airbrush nozzle cap and spray into the cloth this will force back and circulate through the system achieving removal.

Understanding your Airbrush

Frequently asked Questions

Q: How does my airbrush work?

A: An airbrush works by forcing a jet of accelerating moving compressed air through the airbrush creating The Venturi effect which is the reduction in fluid pressure that results when a fluid flows through a constricted section of pipe. This creates in the immediate close area a loss in air pressure creating suction that allows paint to be drawn from an a joining vessel a jar or cup at normal atmospheric pressure. The high velocity of the air atomizes the paint into incredibly minuscule droplets as it jets past a very fine paint-metering section. The paint is propelled onto a subject or other surface. The airbrusher controls the amount of paint using a gradual trigger action which opens more or less a very fine tapered needle that is the control part of the paint-metering section. An incredible fine degree of atomization is what allows an airbrusher to create such realistic shading effects using the airbrush.

 

Q: Which Airbrush is best for me?

A: The Bottom Feed airbrush is best for general and production applications.  The bottom feed airbrush facilitates the use of more material without having to frequently fill the material reservoir.  The bottom feed airbrush also allows (or causes) the artist to work at a brisker pace, enabling faster spray application when desired. 

The Gravity Feed airbrush, alternatively, allows the artist to slow down.  Gravity pulls material into the airbrush, so the airbrush can be operated at a lower pressure for improved airbrush control.  This makes it easier to do finer detail work as the finishing process can be done at a more deliberate pace.  Gravity feed is usually the best choice for detail airbrushing.

The Side Feed airbrush allows the user to work with a swivel side cup which allows more flexibility for airbrushing in difficult to reach areas or on contoured pieces.  Many artist prefer side feed airbrushes for detail applications because the side feed cup also eliminates any sight line obstruction to the needle tip when doing “close in” intricate detail work.

 

Q: What is the difference between internal-mix and external-mix?

A: Depending on its design, the single action airbrush may be "internal mix" or "external mix" double action airbrushes are of "internal mix" Internal mix simply means that the paint flow and the air flow mix "inside" of the airbrush, hence internal mix. "External Mix" means just that, the paints and the air flow mix together outside of the airbrush at the tip.


Q: What is meant by dual-action and single-action?

A: These are two different types of airbrush triggers. Single-action airbrushes are activated by simply depressing the trigger; a pre set amount of paint is automatically sprayed. To change the amount of spray, you must stop airbrushing and reset the needle adjustment screw. These are recommended for students because they are less expensive than dual-action. With the more sophisticated dual-action airbrushes, when the user depresses the trigger, only air is released; the second action of drawing back on the trigger releases the paint. This dual-action—down, then back—enables the user to adjust the volume of spray simply by manipulating the trigger and without stopping.


Q: What types of paints can be sprayed through the airbrush?

A: The best type of paints to be sprayed through the airbrush are paints that are designed and manufactured for the airbrush in mind however most paint can be sprayed through the airbrush as long as it can be thinned to a uniform consistency (such as that of milk or ink) with the appropriate thinner.


Q: At what air pressure is the airbrush sprayed?

A: For artwork 20-30 psi; 30-40 psi for small areas; 40-50 psi for generally larger areas; 65psi T shirt spraying and automotive.


Q: Is an airbrush hard to keep clean?

A: To achieve optimum results always make sure your airbrush is always cleaned after use. If using water based paints flush through via spraying with warm water or an airbrush cleaning solution to expel any remaining paint in the system. Then continue to use air alone to dry the system. When using solvent based paints then the appropriate solvent thinner is used in the same way. To aid the cleaning process hold a piece of lint free cloth tight over the airbrush nozzle cap and spray into the cloth this will force back and circulate through the system achieving removal of residue of paint. After prolonged use or poor cleaning it may be prudent to strip the airbrush and soak parts that are showing signs of stubborn dried paint in the appropriate cleaning solution, airbrush needle, nozzle and nozzle cap being the most common airbrush parts requiring attention.


Q: Why are there different size tips for the airbrush?

A: Most airbrushes are adaptable to three different tips approx—0.2 fine, 0.3 medium, and 0.5 heavy—to enable different size/volume sprays and to spray materials of varying viscosity (thick or thin) When the tip is changed in an internal-mix airbrush, the needle must also be changed to match (fine, medium or heavy)


Q: What distance from do I spray?

A:  The key factors in properly spraying an airbrush are operating air pressure, amount of material being released by the airbrush, and the distance the airbrush is being held from the surface being sprayed. For fine lines the airbrush should be held as close as possible to the surface with a small amount of material being released, for broader spray coverage the airbrush should be held 4” to 6” from the surface being sprayed with a larger volume of material being released.


Q: Do I need to thin my paint for airbrushing?

A: Paints - The rule of thumb for preparing paints (or other materials) for airbrushing is to reduce them to the approximate visual viscosity of 2% milk.  As starting paint viscosities often vary from colour to colour, even within a specific paint brand, it is best to avoid fixed thinning ratios. It is also best to vigorously mix/stir paint rather than shaking it before use because mixing/stirring paint better blends pigment and base creating a more consistent paint from the top to the bottom of the bottle, and causes pigment to re-settle slower.  Various paint types and materials, including acrylics, lacquers, enamels, urethanes, inks, water colours, dyes, stains, cosmetics, and food colours can be applied with an airbrush if properly reduced for spraying. Airbrushing can be done on canvas, paper, textiles, plastics, metals, wood, etc Even the human body (skin/nails) can be airbrushed.


Q: What is over spray?

A: The airbrush will produce over spray.  This is the “fuzz” of dots that sprays outside of or around the spray’s desired focal point.  If a sharp edge is desired, a masking medium (stencil, frisket, low-tac masking tape, spray shield, etc) must be utilized when airbrushing


Q: Why do I get a spidering effect when I spray?

A: Air Pressure Too High-Reduce air pressure until problem disappears, painting on different mediums requires different pressures and if its a smooth surface, high pressures won't be your friend.

Too Close-If your too close to the work surface it may introduce spidering, by moving faster or by reducing pressure again this may help solve the issue, Also try spraying at a slight angle to the surface, this also can help.

Medium Is Thinned Excessively- You may have over-reduced your paint, have another look and see if you think it may indeed be to thin and causing some issue.


Q: Why do I get Spattering at an Angle?

A: Diagnosis/Remedy- Medium Build up- Pick the tip clean regularly whilst painting, a paint build up on your tip can help throw it in all directions.

Needle Bent-Pull out your needle and place on a flat surface, if its bent it will easily be seen and if your careful most bends can be easily removed. If its bent at the tip itself, you could try fixing it but its better always to have a backup needle..Just in case. Nozzle Damage-Replace (See Your Airbrush Manufacturer/supplier)


Q: Why do I get bubbles Appearing in paint Cup?

A: Diagnosis/Remedy- Nozzle cap Loose- Tighten and or seal with Soft Beeswax. Nozzle Washer Wear-Remove and replace (See Your Airbrush Manufacturer) Mismatched nozzle and Cap- Does happen especially if you have a gun with multiple heads and needles, remove and match the right set.


Q: Lever fails to Return After Being Drawn Back?

A: Diagnosis/Remedy- Needle Spring Remove and retention by stretching it, quite often a biro pen spring will achieve the same tension with a little bit of adjustment, otherwise contact your supplier. Build Up Of Medium- Again if paints getting in here, fix the issue, but a good clean will solve it temp. Lever Assembly broken or damaged- Replace (See Your Airbrush manufacturer/supplier)


Q: How do I avoid moisture problems?

A: Moisture traps capture moisture produced by a compressor when air cools.  They are desirable in high humidity areas to prevent moisture from flowing through the air hose and out the airbrush on to a work surface. Air regulators with a gauge and moisture trap combine the two items described above.


Q: What's atomization?

A: An airbrush takes a fluid and turns it into a directed airborne mist. You can think of it as a sophisticated perfume atomizer or as a controllable spray paint can.


Q: How are liquid and air mixed?

A: Liquid is fed into the air stream either by siphon action or gravity. Siphon-feed airbrushes work just like sucking a milkshake up through a straw, and it takes one or two seconds to get it working. Gravity-feed airbrushes are quicker because the colour cup is located on top, and the fluid flows directly down into the air stream. This is a nice advantage when making a lot of colour changes.

 

Q: Can I use my Airbrush to spray tattoos?

A: Temporary airbrush tattoos (TATs) Remember to use inks that are designed for spraying onto the skin
Airbrushes can also be used to apply temporary airbrush tattoos. An artist sprays ink onto the skin through a stencil. Often, the resulting design mirrors the look of a permanent tattoo, without any pain or discomfort. In the past, TATs might only last a week, but now, the best inks can last up to two weeks or longer.


Q: Can I use my airbrush to apply tanning solution?

A: Airbrushes are used to apply special tanning solutions as a form of sunless tanning that simulates the appearance of a natural sun tan. It is promoted as a safer and healthier alternative to the damaging effects of long term exposure to the sun. It is often performed by companies also offering other sun tanning alternatives like sun beds.


Q: How do I learn to use an airbrush?

A: There are some simple learning exercises that can be practised to help develop skill, comfort, and confidence in using the airbrush: creating a grid of dots (on a blank sheet) with your airbrush – then going back and connecting the dots, drawing figure eights, and/or simply writing your name with the airbrush.  These are all basic, but effective, airbrushing exercises. Be wary of the “barbell effect,” which is globs of paint that appear at the beginning and end of a line when you are first learning. This is caused by hesitation or not moving the hand while paint is being sprayed. Remember, you must move your hand steadily.  To practice airbrush technique on three dimensional objects, paint items such as scratch plastic/metal, pop cans, shampoo bottles, or other contoured items that are of little or no value.


Q: Where do I find Airbrush tutorials?

A:  Social media sites like YouTube are great ways of finding free airbrushing lessons, videos, tutorials making learning to airbrush easy and fun.

Airbrush

The airbrush is small in size and is generally available in single action external mix type airbrush where the air leaves the airbrush before it comes into contact with the paint which are best suited for covering larger areas with more viscous paints or the double action airbrush which separates the function for air and paint flow with this internal mix airbrush the paint and air mix inside the tip of the airbrush creating a finer atomized state of paint. The user can control the volume of airflow and the concentration of paint flow through two independent mechanisms. This gives the user greater control and more flexibility with various artistic and desired effects. This advanced version compared with the single action airbrush is more complicated and tends to command a higher price. Airbrushes are operated via compressed air through an air hose with the air source being a compressor or a can of compressed air. The airbrush is capable of spraying various media including ink and dye but mostly used for spraying specialized airbrush paint.

Airbrush Feed Systems

Gravity feed or suction feed, Gravity feed generally means a small cup reservoir on top or side mounted, paint is fed by gravity and requires less air pressure than suction type. Fine detail is best achieved and suited for this type of airbrush.

Suction feed, this airbrush typically holds a larger capacity of paint and is more suited for larger areas, called a bottom feed or side feed usually the paint is held in a glass jar.

Airbrush Major Brands

Iwata airbrushes are made in Japan and are considered the market leaders by many professional artists. Badger airbrushes, Thayer & Chandler, Revell, Aztek (Testors) Devilbiss, Paasche airbrushes are made in the USA and have budget models to professional level.

Airbrush Equipment

For the beginner or professional artist. We stock airbrush compressors, compressor adapters, airbrush air hoses, parts, needles, nozzles, airbrush paint, createx paint, autoair paint, paint jars, mini filters (moisture traps) cleaning pots, stands, stencils, dvds, airbrush kits, air regulators, air branch outlets, Ultrasonic cleaners.

Airbrush Cleaning

To achieve optimum results always make sure your airbrush is always cleaned after use. If using water based paints flush through via spraying with warm water or an airbrush cleaning solution to expel any remaining paint in the system. Then continue to use air alone to dry the system. When using solvent based paints then the appropriate solvent thinner is used in the same way. To aid the cleaning process hold a piece of lint free cloth tight over the airbrush nozzle cap and spray into the cloth this will force back and circulate through the system achieving removal of residue of paint. After prolonged use or poor cleaning it may be prudent to strip the airbrush and soak parts that are showing signs of stubborn dried paint in the appropriate cleaning solution, airbrush needle, nozzle and nozzle cap being the most common airbrush parts requiring attention.

Airbrush Uses

The airbrush has many uses and can be seen in advertising, book, album covers, and Photo retouching.

T- shirt art, fabric and clothing art are all successful with the use of the airbrush and special fabric and multi use paints, Createx Paint being just one example.

Cosmetic application of liquid foundations that have a high coverage but thin in texture can be applied with the airbrush for a full coverage without heavy build up.

Temporary tattooing, body art and spray tanning are now all very popular with the use of the airbrush.

Nail art, aided with hundreds of tiny stencils widely available for nail art creations.

Airbrushes are frequently used by scale modeling enthusiasts to achieve desired effects which would be hard to replicate by brush work alone.

The custom car industry, with murals, graphics and other artwork being also displayed on vans, lorries, boats, planes motorcycle tanks, helmets etc just to mention a few all enjoy the beautiful artistic and desired effects an airbrush can bring in skilful hands.