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Cane Pole
11-06-2005, 07:41 PM
Just got me new air brush powder paint sprayer in (SAT.) from Luremaking.com. Now, how do u use it? Paul (Crappie Stalker) got me a air pressure regulator for me compressor. I am ready to paint something. Need some input here. All help muchly appreciated.

Tom

Roberta
11-06-2005, 08:32 PM
I did a lot of air brush illustration when I was freelancing full time. I used a smaller, finer needle I imagine than what you'll be using, but the principal's the same. Since you're using an air compressor, you'll need to trap the moisture that naturally occurs in air. Otherwise, when you least want it, you'll get a blob of water mess up your work. I didn't use a compressor. Instead, I bought a couple of beverage tanks and had them filled with CO2. It has no moisture in it, and because it's compressed, lasted for many hours of solid airbrush work. I have a two-stage regulator -one gauge shows how much air I have and the other shows psi. For my work, I preferred 26 psi. Heavier paints require more pressure; inks require less. I worked in guache, which is an opaque watercolor - heavier than regular watercolor, but lighter than acrylics.

The number one rule for airbrushing is this: CLEAN IT WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED. If you let paint of any type dry on your needle, you're screwed.

Good luck and have fun. - Roberta

Crappie Stalker
11-06-2005, 09:09 PM
I have seen some of those "American Chopper" shows were they powdercoat engine parts. Seems to put alot of dust in the air. You could make a little paint booth by using an open box and attaching a shop vac to the back of it,put an old sock over the hose end with a rubberband to help filter the dust. I got to see jfraley powdercoat some of his own jigs at the Teezur tournament, He just heats and dips his, they look great and dry very fast. I will have to try it someday myself.

Cane Pole
11-06-2005, 09:28 PM
I have seen some of those "American Chopper" shows were they powdercoat engine parts. Seems to put alot of dust in the air. You could make a little paint booth by using an open box and attaching a shop vac to the back of it,put an old sock over the hose end with a rubberband to help filter the dust. I got to see jfraley powdercoat some of his own jigs at the Teezur tournament, He just heats and dips his, they look great and dry very fast. I will have to try it someday myself.

Weezer showed me the dipping technique Paul. I tried it. My handicraft at dipping sucked. ha. Better for me to keep chewing....
Yep.. I gonna build me a little paint both...I got some ideas off internet...Just waiting for Mr. T to finish his special training classes so I can get some cheap labor on some of me projects here..

Tom

CrappieHead
11-06-2005, 10:28 PM
Tom, let me know how it works. I have been thinking about one myself. I have seen them online but never knew any one to use them.

Roberta
11-07-2005, 07:37 AM
Forgot to mention the respirator. I taught a friend o fmine how to airbrush and now she does custom motorcycle jobs. She has a spray booth with good ventilation and also wears a respirator. - Roberta

Cane Pole
11-08-2005, 03:32 PM
I got the rig together. Only money spent was for airbrush. I have air pressure at 10psi (recommended by airbrush people). The air gague jitters about. I would assume this is pulsating airi caused by the old piston type compressor here. I cannot feel the air pulsing at the airbrush nozzle. Now, will this cause problems when spraying, such as putting out lumps of powder paint? Sould I make an air resevoir to try to store some air and smmthe out the pulsating? I don't know what I am doing here...ha...Ain't no sense wasting good paint if the jitters will cause problems.

Tom

Roberta
11-08-2005, 07:08 PM
A tank might help, but I really don't know since I don't use a compressor. Most of the people I have know to use compressors use a small tank just so the thing doesn't run all the time. That's really annoying when you're working at a drawing board all day long.

The last place I art directed had a big central compressor with multiple outlets for the various artists and every now and then someone would let out with an epithet because of a blob splatting across their work. That's why I went to CO2.

You might want to check someplace like Dick Blick art supplies online just to see what they offer in comparison to what you're using. - Roberta

stray
11-08-2005, 07:27 PM
I never use a airbrush, but a small tank will stop the pulsating. The little autobody work I've done I would think that the pulsating would cause problems with the painting. I would just get a cheap air bubble from a auto parts store or wally world and plumb (tee) it into your system.

Jerry Blake
11-08-2005, 08:05 PM
Heyt Tom:

You could get a small air tank and hook it up to the compressor with quick release couplings and then you could also use it for other things like airing up a low tire on your four wheeler etc.

Cane Pole
11-08-2005, 09:02 PM
Stray, is an air bubble like the air tank jerry talking about here? As I said before, I dont know crap about this stuff. Visited Dick Blicks web Roberta. He got some neat stuff there.

stray
11-08-2005, 11:38 PM
Stray, is an air bubble like the air tank jerry talking about here? As I said before, I dont know crap about this stuff. Visited Dick Blicks web Roberta. He got some neat stuff there.


Yes, they will come with an air chuck for filling tires up on the end of a hose; I would take that chuck of and install a quick coupler (female) there, and put a male quick coupler on the chuck and where you have the drain valve teed in. These air bubbles or tanks will also have a gauge, safety relief valves for over pressure and a shut off valve. Your air compressor should automatically shut of at a preset pressure (usually around 115 Ė 150 psi)

When you have a project to paint hook the tank to the compressor, turn it on and start painting. To use it as a air bubble hook it to the compressor let it fill up shut the valve on the tank uncouple the quick coupler and in stall the tire chuck. Go to the tire you need filled and open valve air up the tire.

If this donít make a bit of sense just let me know and I will try a different approach.