Custom Airbrushing Paint Guide II
This is the second part of our series of guides on what to look out for when choosing a painter and airbrush artist. In this post we look in-depth at what airbrushes and spray guns I recommend
For custom work we use iWATA. I love my Micron CMC for detail, it is simply superb although it takes a lot of patience to play with air pressure and paint viscosity. I usually run around 15 to 30 PSI with all my airbrushes, depending on reduction. My every day airbrushes are Eclipse BCS, CS and also HP-BC Plus, which really is the shop work horse. Going forward I’m looking to test out the Hardner & Steenbeck Infinity range, I like to experiment and it’s always good to test other brands.
I went into depth last week about why I use House Of Kolor, however I have tried Wicked or Illustration by Createx, but never for graphic layouts or an overall paint jobs. Custom paints UK are doing some really cool stuff with water based and in my opinion are better than the American brand and their solvent line is great as well.
SATA is the only way to go in my opinion, they are the best, both of my mini guns are SATA Jet 3000’s setup with the Adam Micrometer which I primarily use for helmet painting. Some people think they are soft and the finish pits, but cleaning them properly is the key! If you’re using water based paint blow them down with a Air Gun. I also have a SATA Jet 2000 which I have been using for the past 15 years and it’s still one of the best guns for laying down metallic’s I have ever seen, it’s as good as the day I bought it. However when it comes to clear coating my IWATA w400 with a 1.4 setup stills rocks on medium solids paint. How could I forget my Devilbiss CVC with a 1.8 setup which I use for primer, it’s such a hard wearing product which I highly recommend.
Masking tape & Compounds
For Masking Tape, Fine line, Compounds and Abrasives again I only use the market leader 3M, I’ve tried every brand out there, from Finixa to FBS. However just like our paint and spray guns the only choice was the market leader 3m. We use their masking tape and blue fineline for tight curves and green fine line for straight lines on every helmet we paint. For compounds and polishes I recommend Meguiras, which are now owned by 3M, funny enough! My personal choice from their product range is the 105 Ultra Cut Compound, 205 ultra Finishing Polishes, finished off with show car glaze.
Abrasives are supplied by either 3M again or Mirka, as I like both brands. I use 3M more for the wet and dry, free cut sheets and tri-zac discs, and Mirka for scotch bright pads and sanding discs 150mm and 75mm.
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