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Hi, I'm being lazy and I hope it's OK.  I tried doing a quick search on air brush paints but didn't come up with what I'm looking for.

 

What is the best paint to use with an air brush??  Also, what is the best way to thin and what is the best thinner.  One last question, what is the best way to clean the air brush?

 

I guess while I'm at it, is there a better air brush over others?

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Hi Derek, if you are talking about acrylic, (water based paints) I tend to just use good old tap water to thin them if needed. You can certainly buy special acrylic thinners, and some of these might be of use if your drying time is too short or long. Mostly though if the atmospheric conditions are pretty stable in the environment you paint in, tap water will do the trick just fine. Its more about experimenting with the level of thinning down required and the needle size you are painting with.

 

As for cleaning, again with acrylic paints I use a product we get here called Windex. It is a mild window cleaning solution. If I spray through 1 small cup gun amount it cleans my set-up like brand new. Then I flush again with 1 cup of tap water. I have never had blockages in the needle assembly cleaning this way.

 

Chris

 

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Hi Derek,  Windex, a mild Ammonia window cleaner works great for thinning and cleaning acrylic paints and the airbrush.  I used a Passache airbrush for 40 yrs. with no problems, but there are many newer types today.  Hal

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Vallejo makes a line of paint called model air - it`s pre-thinned & can be sprayed without extra thinning. They can also be brushed just as well. They are very high quality paints.

 

Mark

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Admiralty acrylic paints (see caldercraft website) are excellent quality, accurate colours and thinned with water to the consistency of milk. Have used them for a few years and am very impressed. 

 

Steve. 

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It depends also on what size of areas you would want to paint. For small quantities I use pre-thinned ready to use paints. Of course, you buy a lot of water there, but it saves the hazzle of messing around with thick paints and trying to get a homogeneous dilution. Over here in Europe I have used Schmincke Aero-Color (artists' range), as well as Vallejo's modellers paints. There are quite a few specialist suppliers for modellers on the market now, e.g. Gunze from Japan.

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