Re: My first airbrush

Bruce Smith


While you can use a double action airbrush with acrylics, I usually recommend that folks use a single action brush. The reason is that the double action allows you to blow air through the brush. This will dry any paint in the brush and presto! you have a clog.

Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL
From: [] on behalf of O Fenton Wells []
Sent: Saturday, July 27, 2013 9:50 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] My first airbrush

Gentlemen, I too am going to the acrylic paints with dragging feet and
needing a big push. I have done a few acrylic paint jobs and one went
pretty well and the others were OK but I didn't feel I got the same results
as with Lacquer based paints, Floquil and Scalecoat, especially on resin
kits. I did like the ability to do a three color diesel in one evening
with the help of a hair dryer. I have used a Binks Wren B airbrush since
1972 when I was trained. What is the best airbrush recommendation for
spraying acrylics I have a double action Paasche Millennium internal mix
siphon feed brush that I have never used.
I welcome thoughts and suggestions from those who have been successful with
acrylics. Unfortunatly I feel the problem is really me as I have a habit,
when I'm comfortable with something and will hesitate to try new things. I
have not gotten comfortable with acrylics....yet.
Fenton Wells

On Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM, Jack Burgess <>wrote:


I used Badger air brushes for years, first single-action and then
dual-action. The dual-action ones require that you do two things at the
time...push down on the button to control the amount of air and pull back
control the amount of paint. It sounds very difficult. But the problem I
with the single-action air brushes (where the amount of paint is controlled
by a screw adjustment) is that I'd carefully set the screw adjustment to
produce a very thin line of paint and once I started spraying, the tip
clog just a little and the air brush would stop painting and I'd need to
stop and adjust it again. If you feel that you could start with a
double-action air brush, I'd recommend that you do.

Bruce's advise about acrylics is good. I started out air-brushing Floquil
(and Scalecoat for brass) and still use Floquil, regardless of complaints
about color quality control. (When Testors announced the discontinuance of
Floquil, I put in a $200 order with Caboose Hobbies of the colors I use the
most...I think that I'll have enough to finish my stash of 100 resin

All of the Badger air brushes were siphon-feed air brushes. After using a
couple of types of Badger air brushes for nearly four decades, I bought a
gravity-feed Iwata air brush after trying it out at a NMRA Train Show. With
Floquil, I have found that I don't need to dilute the paint with thinner to
air brush it...that saves paint since you shouldn't pour diluted paint back
into the bottle (although I've been known to do that). I think that the
Iwata air brush is a superior brand but, for most of us, it might depend
mostly on what you started out with...I was generally happy with the Badger
air brushes but I'm not intimidated by trying something new (unless it is
acrylic paints). <g>

Jack Burgess

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Fenton Wells
5 Newberry Lane
Pinehurst NC 28374

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