AirbrushGuru.com
A Technical Guide to Airbrushes

Start Airbrushing Right

Home > Start airbrushing right






If you follow these guidelines you'll know everything you need to get the equipment that's right for you.

I developed these guidelines while I worked the technical support lines at Iwata-Medea.  Every day people needed help choosing or dealing with equipment that wasn't right for their needs.  I wanted to know for certain that when I recommended something, my recommendation was exactly what they needed.  In short, I helped people start airbrushing right.  I hope to do the same for you too.


You can dive right in or you can plan.  I'm a planner.  I like having all the details set before I jump.  But if you'd like to dive right in here's the short version.

The Quick List

You'll need.

  • Something to paint
  • Paint (get an airbrush ready paint--trust me, it's for your own good)
  • Airbrush
  • Airhose
  • Compressor
Now go paint!

The Long List

So, in order to start airbrushing we need a plan.

  1. What do you want to do?

    This is the most basic question.  What exactly are you going to spray?  Why do you want to spray?  Is this a hobby or a job?

    Read more about choosing what to do...
  2. Where are you going to do it?

    Location, location, location--oh wait, that's real estate.  Some people want mobile operations, or semi mobile booths, or they have a dedicated place to spray and work.

    Read more about setting up your workspace...
  3. What paint does that best?

    Paint sticks to specific kinds of surfaces.  The wrong paint might actually still work for application, but it won't work as well as it could, or it might even peel off when dry.

    Read more about choosing the right paint to spray...
  4. What spray equipment does that best?

    Now we'll dive into the differences between airbrushes and spray guns  How much detail do you want?  How much coverage do you want?

    Read more about choosing the right spray equipment...
  5. What kind of air source will power that equipment?

    Many people think of buying a compressor first, then an airbrush, then try and figure out what paint they need to try.  Don't. Compressors are only one of your airsource options.  There are strengths and weaknesses to them all.
     
    Read more about choosing the right kind of air source...
  6. How can you do all of this safely?

    Safety and painters haven't always gotten along.  Many people think the safety precautions are for 'wussies' or people who don't know what they're doing.
     
    Safety is for people who really do know what they're doing, and who know what happens if they don't heed the warnings.
  7. What kind of accessories do you need?

    Accessories are things that solve particular problems.  Does your airbrush spit water when you've only pressed down for air?  Maybe you need a moisture trap. 

Are you ready to start airbrushing yet?


You've got the information you need to choose your tools and setup.  Once you've got the tools and when you're all set up it will be time to learn how to airbrush, but here are a couple of things to think about too.

  • Where can you go for more training?

    Excellent question.  None of us know all the answers.  In fact, I know I don't know all the answers.  That's why there's instructors and classes all over the country.
  • Dealing with Problems

    Everybody runs into problems.  But what can you do when you run into YOUR problem?  After all, we never really care about other people's problems until we have to deal with it too!