Start Airbrushing Right
> Start airbrushing right
If you follow these guidelines you'll know
everything you need to get the equipment that's right for you.
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
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
here's the short version.
The Quick List
- Something to paint
- Paint (get an airbrush ready paint--trust me, it's for your
Now go paint!
The Long List
in order to start airbrushing we need a plan.
What do you
want to do?
is the most basic question. What exactly are you going to
spray? Why do you want to spray? Is this a hobby or
Read more about choosing what to do...
Where are you
going to do it?
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...
does that best?
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
Read more about choosing the right paint to spray...
spray equipment does that best?
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...
What kind of
air source will
power that equipment?
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...
How can you
do all of this safely?
and painters haven't always gotten along. Many people think
the safety precautions are for 'wussies' or people who don't know what
Safety is for people who
really do know what they're doing, and who know what happens if they
don't heed the warnings.
What kind of
accessories do you
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.
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?
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
over the country.
runs into problems. But what can you do when you run into
problem? After all, we never really care about other people's
until we have to deal with it too!