View Full Version : which airbrush to buy
August 3rd, 2005, 06:54 PM
I want to get an airbrush for painting clay sculptures. I was wondering if a double action or single action is better. Also what brand and type is good to get. Thanks for any help and if someone else allready has a thread like this please show it to me.
August 4th, 2005, 08:18 PM
I'm not sure what single or double action means?! But.. I own a SimAir Airbrush which I'm very happy with indeedy, and I'm not sure if they sell em over there or not but I'm sure they do. Here's a link for you: http://www.simair.co.uk/ Which may help you. You could find one may like and see if they got it on EBay or some other auction site. There used to be an excellent airbrush company called, 'Badger' but I haven't seen em around for eons. SimAir have a large range though, and I personally think they're top stuff.
August 5th, 2005, 11:24 AM
I would go with double action. I feel it has more control when it comes to doing gradations and highlights. As far as brands go, the only ones I've used are Iwata's. I hear paasche also makes good brushes. Hope this helps
August 6th, 2005, 02:07 PM
single action-air pressure is controlled at the compressor, only paintflow is controlled by gun, while a dual action usually depressing button will start airflow, and pulling back lever will allow paint to flow. Badger is also a good brand of airbrush.
August 6th, 2005, 02:22 PM
I have a Badger 150 (dual action) that I've had for quite some time now. Even when I worked as a model artist at a local toy company they used the exact same model. As far as I know they're pretty popular and easy to find extra parts for. If you get a variety of tips (small, medium, and large) along with the matching needles, you should be able to tackle just about anything. Hope this helps... :^^:
August 7th, 2005, 03:30 PM
I've used airbrushes for years and just about every kind. Iawata and badger make excellent airbrushes, but the neadles are easily damaged and maintanence is a pain. Most airbrushes have that problem.
I'd recommend going with a Aztek brand you can find the kits at http://naturecoast.com/hobby/aztek.htm They are a bit different than your usual airbrush design and plastic, but they are extrememly sturdy and easily maintained. They can do anything just as well as your more expensive brands, but they are far cheaper. The extra tips they give you mean you can run anything from water to pretty thick paints through them. Always go with a double action airbrush, it gives you more control.
Hope that helps.
August 8th, 2005, 04:58 AM
mr. pale... (and all you other maggots :teeth: )
im planning on bying an airbrush, compressor and all.... but I dont really know how too use an airbrush :S ..... could someone explain it too me???
:S Hive_minD :S
August 8th, 2005, 10:30 AM
Other than push down for air, pull back for paint, nobody's going to be able to tell you how to use an airbrush on a post like this.
It's not that hard, just buy a book with some examples then start practicing with the exercises in it. The exercises should help you develop the quordination with the airbrush you'll need to get it to do what you want. That's all there is too it.
And I'm not a maggot, I'm a full grown FLY, damnit! bzzzzzz.....bzzzzz...
August 30th, 2005, 06:26 AM
just bought an simair XL2000 and a TC2000 compressor with paints and cleaner
£271 from http://www.discountart.co.uk
I thought the right side feed might be a problem as my son is left handed but it does'nt obscure view at any angle
its a beautiful tool
take a look at this.....
August 30th, 2005, 01:12 PM
That's interesting Mr Pale. I was wondering about this tool for some time and was wondering what it took / what it was similar to. I might give it a try at some point. Thanks for the input everyone.
August 30th, 2005, 03:07 PM
which of the aztek airbrush would you suggest?
the INTERNAL MIX AIRBRUSH SET MODEL A470 or
the Double Action Aztek Metal Airbrush Kit????? (im into detail.... love small details!) hope you can help...