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  • MacS
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    Airbrush

    I use to sell Testor airbrushes when I worked for Mohawk Finishing Products.

    All it took was a demo, and they sold their self, I never had one airbrush reurned, which says something about Testor airbrushes.

    There are other airbrushes out there, some are mean't for fine artist and are very delicate and expensive.

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  • CanadianScroller
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    I use the Testors Aztek A2206 for a lot of work.
    I like the fact you can snap on paint bottles without having to clean them up immediately. It is a real bonus when doing murals where I paint with several colours at one time.


    It is only a single action but the price was low.

    The upper end Aztek is far superior to this model but this suites my needs just fine.

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  • MacS
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    Airbrush

    Hi Rolf,

    I have mine for a long time, it's a good airbrush, it never let me down.

    I definitely, would give it a plus +....

    Regards

    Mac

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  • Rolf
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    Mac,
    I see you used the Aztec air brush, how do you like it.?

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  • MacS
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    It's Gotta Be Right

    It's Not Finished, Until It's Finished Right.

    These photos will show the process better, these photos will be used with the article.
    Attached Files
    Last edited by MacS; 10-19-2006, 04:16 AM.

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  • pete00
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    Originally posted by Gill
    At last, I've got an airbrush that works .

    More serious was the way in which it blew the workpieces across the room . Next time I'll use blu-tack mounts to hold the workpieces securely,

    Gill

    Gill

    LOL im sorry, all i can picture is you running after the pieces trying to shoot and paint them in the air like Anne Oakly....

    ok you can yell at me now.....but let me stop laughing first.....pete

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  • MacS
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    Airbrush repair

    Speakng of airbrushing, it just so happened I was working on an article on coloring wood with ammonia. #1- I had a panel where part was sap wood and part was heart wood, #2- I had brushed on some ammonia and the two colors were very obvious.#3- So, I first spray a clear seal coat to seal the wood, I used my trusty airbrush, #4- I then mixed up two colorants in my clear coat and made up a shading stain which I used to shade and blend in the two colors. #5- The final repair.

    I don't think, this photo will work, that is why I detailed each step in the process. This process is used when wood is chemical fumed and there are variations in their colors. Here goes....
    Attached Files

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  • Rolf
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    I have an assortment of airbrushes that I have played with of and on for years, even took a class, only to realize that I have NO artistic talent.
    But I can spray paint.
    I have the Aztec with easy interchangeable nozzles one of which is a spatter tip. I used that on a couple of projects.
    I have 2 commpressors one of which I picked up for $30, a twin tank unit for pneumatic nailers etc.
    I got surplus small regulator and run around 10-20 psi depending on viscosity and type of paint.

    Like the rest of you I will drag it out and try to pint my Christmas ornaments with it. I will post pictures if I create anything good with it.

    You really need a steady regulated air supply to be successful

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  • Marcel in Longueuil
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    Good for you Gill,
    You will get better control from a compressor and regulator. If you already have an air compressor for your shop you only need to add a regulator and a moisture trap. But be aware that they can be expensive in themselves. A small specialized compressor for airbrushing is also an option, but they are expensive too.

    Carl, the AZTEK is regarded as an excellent airbrush, right up there with the top IWATA models.

    Pressure can vary from 20-40 PSI depending on the paint viscosity and the model of the airbrush used.

    I have a double action model where the air flow and the amount of paint are both controlled by the trigger and I set my regulator in the 35-40 PSI range, and I have obtained good results in the exercises I started doing with this setting.

    I can't wait to get back to it as I see a lot of potential in the tool for finishing. I hate having a workshop and not being able to use it because there are other priorities in the house right now (taking down a fireplace to be replaced by a slow burning woodstove) and then moving the shop from one end of the basement to another in order to have more room for my stuff.

    In the meantime I keep reading and gathering information.

    Regards,
    Marcel

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  • CanadianScroller
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    it comes with propellant. I use a compressor it doesn't need much pressure. I honestly cannot remember the pressure setting. I haven't used it in a while but here is a page with settings for various paints, inks and tips
    http://www.walsers.com/artsupp/text/aztekacc.htm

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  • owler
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    Carl,

    For $38 bucks I don't think the AZTEK can come with an air supply but the details don't day. Does it a seperate compressor? What pressure does it use?

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  • CanadianScroller
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    An aircompressor would regulate much better. You can buy inline regulators. Best bet would be from a surplus store rather than an art store.
    You can buy premixed colours at the correct viscosity.
    The viscosity required will depend somewhat on the air pressure.
    PS Congrats Gill!

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  • Minnesota scroller
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    Actually, one of those mini compressors would allow you to regulate the pressure. I used to own one when I had my fishing tackle business. I used it to attempt to paint plastic crank baits. However, I sucked at it. I always had a devil of a time getting the ink viscosity right. It would either be too thin and run or it would be too thick and keep plugging up my airbrush. I finally got frustrated and sold it all on Ebay. I envy people who do possess the talent to operate one of these tools.

    Good luck Gill

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  • Gill
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    At last, I've got an airbrush that works .

    I tried using it on some segmented pieces and it covered them instantly in runny paint - I'll add less water next time. More serious was the way in which it blew the workpieces across the room . Next time I'll use blu-tack mounts to hold the workpieces securely, but it's still pushing out a lot of power and I'm not sure blu-tack will be sufficient.

    I'm using a can of compressed air whilst I learn how to brush. Is it possible to reduce the air pressure? Would an air compressor give me more control over airflow?

    Gill

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  • MacS
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    An airbrush alternative...

    There is no doubt, that you can do many interesting things with an airbrush, it is a great tool to have regardless if your a finisher, turner, carver, or a scroller.

    Airbrushes, are expensive, and a compressor is a must to use the airbrush, for those of you who may not want to spend that kind of money, or those of you who don't want spend that kind of money at this time.

    There is another tool that you can buy for less then five dollars, its no airbrush but it does work to add color in a special way., I call it a low tech spraying tool. It is called an "atomizer," sometimes, referred to as a blow pipe.

    Rather, then to take up any more space here, you can go to this web site and read an article on atomizers.

    http://www.iswonline.com/cwb/200606/..._atomizers.cfm

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