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Old 04-11-2006, 11:34 PM
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Default Just got my first airbrush - general questions.

I've got a Paasche Millenium double action airbrush and like to get started ASAP.

I've got an oil-free compressor with a nice big tank. It doesn't have any filters on it.
Do I need a moisture trap or can I do without?
Where can I get a good one?


What paint type do you recommend? Water based or thinner?
Old 04-12-2006, 12:15 AM
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Default RE: Just got my first airbrush - general questions.

I wouldn't paint anything real important or nice without one, all compressors create moisture. I use compressed CO2 so I have no idea what traps are better than others. For paints, my favorite are the Parma brand, they are water based so cleanup is a breeze. I would stick with water based at first..... When you get something painted let us see..
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What's the deal with water based paints? Do they need to be 'sealed' to withstand fuel and regular cleaning?
Can a water based paint be removed easily in case I goof up?

I think I saw a moisture trap at Sears for $25 or so. Maybe that will work.

I plan on doing some practice runs on sheets of plastic if I can find some.
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Default RE: Just got my first airbrush - general questions.

Use old CD cases or soda bottles, that way you can practice effects and painting.
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Default RE: Just got my first airbrush - general questions.

Good idea. I was thinking about using transparent printer 'paper' to practice on.
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Default RE: Just got my first airbrush - general questions.

i had a small compressor recently for a short while untill it broke n i wanted a moisture trap for it aswell.
since then ive bought a big compressor n noticed it doesnt collect moisture like the other one did. but id like to get one just to be safe.
im still new to this but have been using faskolor n createx n my first shell i did recently i used faskoat to seal it and its held out alright.
i wouldnt mind tryin some laquer based paints tho, i wouldve thought ud get a more realistic finish with em... but like i said my first shell didnt look to bad( or so i thought) n that was with water based paints.
its here if u want a look http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_4071768/tm.htm
like -Inverted- said tho, get some soda bottles or anything plastic to practice on.
whatever the case, just have fun paintin
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i just read somewhere that auto air paint is water based n they look pretty cool
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Default RE: Just got my first airbrush - general questions.

Another medium to use for testing is plexi glass. I picked up a big sheet of it at Home Depot for less then $10, then just cut smaller squares out of it.
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Default RE: Just got my first airbrush - general questions.

Good advice!

I picked up a moisture trap + small regulator and all the fittings I need for $40 from Tractor Supply Company. I'm getting ready.
I also bought some Faskolor paint. Looks like Parma's site is under construction so Ican't download any Instructions but their online shop says I need to use between 40-70psi for this paint. Can I use lower pressure if I thin the paint a bit?
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Default RE: Just got my first airbrush - general questions.

I have painted as low as 15lbs with faskolor...... Often times between 30-40 straight paint.
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