I have more airbrushes than I will ever use, and of the lot, the two that I like
for model railroad work are the Paasche H and the Paasche VL. Of those two, I
the single action H the most.
There is nothing wrong with the VL, but it is more than you need to do an
paint job. It is also more difficult to master and requires more maintenance.
also more difficult to clean and service after use. The H has fewer parts, costs
less, and will give a perfectly fine paint job with minimal time invested in
developing your technique. It is also a good deal more robust than the VL and
survive accidents and mistreatment much better than the more delicate VL.
VL that has had paint harden inside is a daunting task. With an H, you just soak
overnight in some acetone, run a Dill's pipe cleaner through the nozzle, and
back in business..........Pssssssssssssssst.
On 5/8/05 9:38 AM, in article email@example.com,
Amen! Tried a lot, and the Paasche are the ones I come back to.
You don't need a 10 gallon tank, unless you just get a killer deal on it. A
smaller tank does just fine; I use a 10 gal for my air tools, and a 2 gallon
"pancake" for my airbrushing.
If you're doing fine work, a double action brush will help otherwise, if
you're just doing car and loco painting, the single action brush will do
Better is to get a compressor and put a small (about 1/2 gallon or so) tank
inline with the compressor. Even better yet would be a larger compressor
(the regular 100psi kind) and a pressure reducet to allow you to control the
airflow to what works best with the paint.
I ended up with a CO2 tank and pressure reducer and find that I often run
about 10psi with some paints while others can be up to about 25lb. The CO2
tank is a bit of a bother as I have to regularly get it refilled and thus
don't recommend going that way.
As to which brush you should get, that is something that you'll eventually
have to make on your own as feel of the airbrush is more important than the
actual value of either brush. There are niggles with anything mechanical
and, while I'll use one, you may be more comfortable with the other.
Personally, I've found the old single action Binks airbrush to be just fine
for painting cars and locos.
Why isn't there an Ozone Hole at the NORTH Pole?
inline with the compressor.<
Actually this might really be a room question. I would get at least a
10 gal. tank. HF sells one this size for $100+. You can probably get a
compressor into the family budget without even mentioning the railroad
usage. Be creative! A compressor can be used for many things around the
house, including painting the house<VBG>.
Running a 1/2" black iron pipe to the basement from the shop would be what
I'd do. Do make sure that you have a water seperator on the line and you
will also want to run it at a slope so that you have a low spot where you
can put in a vent for the water. A tee with a short section of pipe and an
endcap that has a quarter turn valve in it will do perfectly.
I'll note that a large compressor will provide air for a long time without
firing up for a little airbrush.
Why isn't there an Ozone Hole at the NORTH Pole?
Does anyone use a portable air tank filled from a larger compressor?
I have a large compressor in the garage, but it is much too heavy to
tote up and down the basement stairs to the trains.
I just bought my first airbrush and it is easy to see that canned
propellant is not a satisfactory answer. I was thinking of a
portable tank equipped with a pressure regulator I could fill in the
garage and take downstairs.
Norman Morgan <> http://www.norm-morgan.com
I "sort of" do that. My 10 gallon compressor is in the basement near
the trains. But when it runs, you can hear it throughout the entire
house. So what I do is run it ahead of time, when it's less
disruptive. When it fills and shuts off, I unplug it, and I have a full
tank to use whenever (for example, after the kids go to bed).
I'd imagine that a portable tank with a regulator would yield similar
results. Of course, it's duration of course would depend on it's size,
the pressure you're spraying at, etc.
Yep. Though I am not the painter that some folks are, a five-gallon
portable tank with a regulator/moisture trap will do fine for one or
two cars at a time. Put the regulator on a quick-connect, and it can
go on the big compressor for large jobs if necessary, and the portable
tank can fill a tire, too...
Before jumping off the deep end, it might be advisable to understand
operations of air brushes and their interaction with accessories: air
spray booths and coatings etc. Price and eye appeal are not good
First determine what your requirements are. Examine the literature
Although well intentioned, most advice is based on the giver's personal
Analise them all and decide for yourself. Armed with knowledge, a wise
may be made.
Most of the aspects are covered in depth on my site.
For more details with methods and extensive discussion of
problems and solutions, see first site below under coatings.
Hope this helps.
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Go with Paasche...better built, easier to take apart to clean, and
easier to find parts. Are you painting with acrylics or solvents?...If
you are using acrylics go for an internal mix. Also a single action
airbrush is fine for most of the painting done in model rring.
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