How to Airbrush Easy steps


Learn to Airbrush
If you want to learn how to airbrush, you came to the right place. Below are easy steps that will help you understand the process as well as have a general idea about the topic. But before starting with the steps, you need to know the basic concepts about airbrush. An airbrush is a small, air-operated tool that sprays various media including ink and dye, but most often paint by a process of nebulization. Spray guns developed from the airbrush and are still considered a type of airbrush.

  1. Arrange the area Your spray table should be prepared, or put down plastic sheets.
  2. Set up model Use gloved hands, position the model where you want it. we like to spray undersides first, any thing will be less noticeable and could be corrected before spraying the topside.
  3. Organize equipment Switch on the compressor and set the spray pressure. Tack together the needle and nozzle into the airbrush if necessary. Join a color cup or bottle as appropriate.
  4. Relax, Take your time. Sit while spraying if it possible. If not, you can take a chair handy to sit on among spray coats, to do cleaning and such. It will be much easier if you are not flexed over the model or ground for an extended period.
  5. Merge paints Take the maker's directions, merge the paint with thinner. Utilise disposable plastic droppers (from any hobby shop) to draw up paint, then thinner, and plastic into a small merging container. Utilise separate droppers for thinner, and for various colors, to avoid contamination. Merge the paint with a toothpick or similar.
    Note:
    do your best to do not pour paint from the bottle into the merge container! This generally leaves dried paint on the bottle rim, it will makes it hard to close the bottle properly, but worse, pieces will fall into the paint. This dried paint can obstruct the airbrush nozzle!
  6. Examine spray! Always examine spray! Take this a part of your routine, you never know how the initial spray will come out of the nozzle, it will sometimes make a big mess, examine spray and then do any adjustments to the airbrush, or to the paint merge. Then examine it again. Including when spraying a repeat coat, as paint may have dried on the nozzle between coats, not test spraying is a common mistake that people do when learning how to airbrush, but it just takes one ruined model to change your ways, spray on something similar if not identical to your actual subject, that way you can examine for color and chemical compatibility, as well as spray pattern. Utilise scrap wood, froth or plastic from, prepare it (sanding, and primer coat) as you prepare the rest of the airplane. be careful that some paints will eat certain materials. Enamels and lacquer tend to be aggressive, and foam is delicate. So examine it before spraying on the airplane.
  7. Now SPRAYING You've tested spray, right? Good, now time for the real thing. Be sure to always start and stop the spray off or away from the model. That will result in even coverage on the model. It will also give you time to terminate if you see something strange (e.g. paint splatter) before you ruin the paint coat. Keep holding the airbrush at an angle to the model (vertical is not practical), about 6 to 18 inches away. The distance will depend on the size of the part and the volume of the spray. And again, an exmine spray on some scrap will help you get a good starting point, then move smoothly and at an easy pace. (Be careful to not tip over the airbrush too far, or paint may spill from the color cup).
  8. Dupliacte Coats Your first coat should be just a light dusting, make several passes, but do not attempt to actually cover completely with color, you can just go for a uniform light dust of paint. E.g. if the paint color is dark blue going over white foam, the first coat will look like speckles of medium blue, light is the keyword. The idea is to get just enough fairly uniform coverage so that subsequent coats will "bite" into the first coat. If you try to cover in only coat, you will usually get an uneven mess, follow the manufacturer's recommendation on length of time between coats. We usually wait 20-30 min for acrylics and a hour for enamels, following-up coats can be much more "wet" than the first coat, but you need still expect to take at least 3-4 coats to get good even color coverage. Don't rush it.
Practice makes perfect, don't hesistate to practice to achieve the desired goal. Try to combine the steps above with the video below in order to obtain the most information about how to airbrush.

How to Airbrush Video
Below is also a video to help you learn how to Airbrush.


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