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what is the best paint to us in an airbrush? and what stores can I find it at? Answered

I've just bought a simple airbrush set and it did not have information on the type of paint to use.


What are you going to paint? You can use automotive paint, acrylic artists paint, wood stain, hardware store enamel, maybe oil but I've never tried that. The type of paint you use must match what you're painting. It's important that the thickness of your paint is right for the equipment you have and that what you use for cleanup won't hurt your airbrush. Some chemicals attack the plastic parts etc.

I am mostly a pencil and ink artist and wanted to try something new to add to what I can do with that.So mainly I'll be working on artist paper (sketch and drawing papers mainly).

The type of paint depends on the surface you are painting. The airbrush wants something thin enough to flow threw the tiny hole easily. Watered down ink or food coloring works (but stains your hands), and acrylic paints can be watered down and used. Depending on what size tip, you may have to add more water or strain out any larger lumps (I used a piece of nylon hose over the top of the paint bottle). If you have money to burn, there are several brand name, ready to use paints at craft stores-about $4 for 4oz around here.

You mean a pen airbrush? I'd start off with a simple acrylic, or even possibly tempra.

BTW, any art supplies store will be able to help you personally select a start paint.

You can essentially use any kind of paint with an air brush, as long as the consistency is correct. Whatever paint you use you'll want to be thin it enough to have the same consistency as whole milk. For acrylic paint (most commonly used on models, find it at any hobby store) use distilled water. Enamel paint (Also used for models, cars, etc.) is thinned with mineral spirits. This will be sold right next to the paint at the hobby center or art store. If you've never used an air brush before I recommend practicing first since it's quite a bit different than using spray paint. Simply use water to "paint" on butcher paper or a brown paper bag. It won't make a mess and you'll be able to see how much "paint" you're using and where it's going by the color change of the paper. Once you're able to paint a clean smooth stroke and deliver the spray where you want it you're ready to gradate to real paint.

Brilliant advise regarding practice with water!