A siphon feed airbrush sucks paint up through a tube, then sprays it.
Various bottles, and even open air cups, attach to the airbrush’s color stem. Bottle sizes range from 1 oz up to 4 oz.
A siphon feed airbrush usually comes with at least one bottle. But you will probably need to purchase a few extra bottles to get the full benefits of having one bottle per color.
Do I really need to say anything more about this?
Everybody hates cleaning their equipment–but cleaning 5-50 bottles does not sound like fun to me. Just my opinion.
Of course, a paint bottle cleaning tip, might allow you to avoid most of these headaches…
Have you ever tried to suck up the last bit of milk shake goodness from the bottom of a cup through a straw? If you have, then you know what I’m talking about.
There’s that last bit you can never quite get to. It makes it half way up the straw but you’re also sucking air at the same time. There’s always some left over.
There’s really only two times this becomes a problem.
More Pressure = More Over Spray = Less Focused Lines
Airbrush compressors tend to be a little underpowered (silence is expensive) so an airbrush that uses more pressure isn’t necessarily a good thing.
Actually, I didn’t have a combination of bottles and accessories which would truly doom everything…but the possibility is there.
Siphon feed airbrushes are excellent for large, multi-gun setups and for people who spray large amounts of stock or premixed colors.
People who looooove siphon feed airbrushes.