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Old Jul 09, 2012, 12:17 AM
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Airbrush recommendations?

I'm looking for an airbrush for painting smallish vacuuformed plastic parts like wheel pants, cowls, etc on smaller planes (1/8 scale) because I think it'll be a bit less smelly/messy than using rattle cans.

Looking for something that spray a fairly wide pattern as I may end up trying to paint an entire plane of the same size, but that is suitable for small parts too.

I would need a compressor as well, the catch being I live in a condo so I'd need something quiet-ish, but I asked about this in another thread so I'm mostly looking for brush recommendations here.
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Old Jul 09, 2012, 08:43 AM
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I'm not sure what you want is practical. I use a paasche for smaller parts and a harbor freight hvlp for primer, base coats and large areas. I've painted a 76" corsair using the paashe and what a PAIN it was. Took a long time and was really hard to get the over all color even. Getting the hvlp solved that problem. The harbor freight works ok, but you have to stay on top of all the adjustments. They move on you. I'll spend the money later on a better one.
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 10:48 AM
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I just purchased this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s01_i00 to get started from amazon, the compressor is very quiet and it came with a ton of extras. I also picked up a different brush http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s00_i00 for doing larger areas.
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I just purchased this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s01_i00 to get started from amazon, the compressor is very quiet and it came with a ton of extras. I also picked up a different brush http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s00_i00 for doing larger areas.


I bought this kit. The actual pump works great though, it is whisper quite and runs without problems.
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Old Aug 15, 2012, 10:53 AM
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http://www.amazon.com/Iwata-CUSTOM-M...wata+cm-c+plus


If you have the aircompressor this is absolutely the best airbrush you will ever buy! this thing is truly amazing i would say it can paint lines as thin as a hair or close
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 10:16 PM
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I am looking to paint dacron cloth on larger models, with latex based paint. I have tried pumps that put out 3.7 cubic feet per minute at 40 pounds per square inch. But this volume is not enough to do continuous painting. They just can't keep up the air flow needed.

Does anyone have an idea how many cubic feet per minute flow will do continuous airbrush paining of thinned latex paint?
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 11:05 AM
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After a lot of looking, it will take 7-12 cubic feet a minute at 40 psi to run a regular flow airbrush continuously. I guess that the regular air brushes sold at WalMart (CH, $30) are really called high flow (HF) air brushes. I like this metal air brush, and the way it sprays latex on aircraft dacron. But it won't work on the 3.5 CMF compressors.

Although you can buy specialty low flow (LF) air brushes that will work on these 3.5 CFM compressors, the air brush itself is about $300. And wanting to spray latex, I think that I will need the higher pressure (latex, even thinned down, is thicker than oil based paint).

I am now looking for a high volume compressor. Best decibel rating that I can find is about 70. A lot of the compressors don't list decibels.

http://www.sears.com/gmc-power-equip...&blockType=G71 70 decibels, 7 CFM at 40 lbs pressure. Total weight = 65 lbs.

I really like the aircraftspruce lightweight aircraft dacron for covering planes. About 13 cents a square foot, and will shrink wonderfully around compound curves. This needs to be heat shrinked then sealed, and finely sprayed latex seems to do the job.
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Old Aug 31, 2012, 03:26 AM
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I replied to your other almost identical post, but in this one you mention an airbrush. I do not think an airbrush will use 7-12cfm. My Iwata Eclipse was able to run easily on my first (crappy) 3cfm compressor, with the compressor only kicking in infrequently (6 gal tank).

I would also not try to paint a larger area with most airbrushes as it is hard to get a nice even coat because even the "broader" spray airbrushes would only do 1-2" wide strip at a time.

If you want a quieter machine, then go for a belt driven compressor as they are quieter (but still noisy) than the direct drive machines. They are more costly though. I have one of these and it is rated for 0.4cfm.

http://www.amcsupplies.com.au/index....products_id=15

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