Airbrush, Airbrush!

Well, it's been almost 2 weeks sense my last post >.< Sadly RL issues have been plaguing my life and I hadn't come up with anything to post about. However, just recently (yesterday, I believe) I got an airbrush! They are beyond nice. I test painted the basecoat for a devilfish earlier today. Including setting up the air compressor, fiddling with the airbrush before trying to actually paint, and clean up, I painted it to a nicer, smoother coat in a quarter to an eight the time. It's amazing.

The airbrush is a Badger 150, Dual Action, Internal Mix Airbrush. Which is nice as I have a number of Badger brand paint pots which fit perfectly onto the nozzle attachment thingie. I should probably find another regulator as the ones on the compressor are higher then the airbrush's recommended. The compressor fills the tank to 100 psi. the outlet regulator can be set between about 60 psi to something higher then 100. The airbrush manual on the other hand says that regulated pressure should be set someplace between 15 and 50 psi with normal operating pressure at 30 psi. Now there are some pressure sources that it says are alright to use that are unregulated that are up in the 70 psi and 80 psi ranges when new, so I'm undecided as the airbrush will only be attached and under pressure while I'm using it. The compressor has a cute 2 gallon tank so if I get a regulator that provides 30-35 psi, then the 2 gallons at 70-100 psi should give me lots of painting time.

It'll take some practice before I can start airbrushing designs on things, but as a vehicle basecoat painter, it's amazing. I'll have to try it on my crisis suits too.

Sorry the picture is a stock instead of an actual of my brush, but eh.
Image pulled off the Badger website, used without permission.
And woo, finally figured out there was a built in image uploader thing for images >.>


  1. I'm veI'm been meaning to get into airbrushing for quite a while but I just haven't made the leap yet. I think I've been put of by all the mixing and cleaning involved.

    I suppose I'm just going to have to man up.

  2. For me, (your mileage will obviously vary,) there isn't much mixing done for airbrushing that I don't do for standard brush painting. Setup and clean up does take a bit longer, but as the compressor here isn't dedicated to the airbrush, I'm forced to connect the airbrush to the compressor each time and then disconnect it after use. I was lucky that a compressor with tank was available for use and happened to have compatible fittings. Though having looked around, it appears they're actually generally standardized, which is nice.