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  1. Gti

    Gti Young Tutorling

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    Hi all

    I am from Essex in the UK.

    I am interested in having a go at Custom Auto and photorealism, it has been a very long time since I did any form of art, the closest thing I have got to art it is using CAD.

    I have got an Iwata compressor for indoors and if I get annoyed with it kicking in and out I will get a Bambi silent air with a big capacity air tank. As yet I am unsure about what airbrush to get, I am still in the research phase.

    If anyone else is from Essex please drop me a line.

    Cheers
    Andy
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    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Mod

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    Welcome from New Zealand. The Iwata compressors are pretty quiet... :)
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    Welcome from the Finger Lakes, @Gti! Lots of folks to help (quite a few in the UK). What model Iwata compressor do you have? Many will recommend an Iwata Eclipse airbrush for starters as they good all around brushes that will grow with you. With proper care, they're supposed to last forever. Badger also makes some good brushes, too.
    Anyway, read up on old threads here and ask questions. Glad to have you and enjoy your stay!
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    Welcome from Australia,

    The two most recomended brushes from Iwata would be the Eclipse HP-CS. a good all round workhorse of a brush, capable of doing detail once your competant with an airbrush. The second would be a Custom Micron of some variant (cup size/location) for when you are doing a lot of fine detail, it makes the job a bit easier.

    There are of course other brands that will be equivilant to those two and i'm sure people will chime in shortly with their recomendations. you will also need adapters for most other brands so they will fit the Iwata hose you have.

    You choice of paint will be your next consideration. again it will depend on what you plan on doing in the future but its strongly recommended that you decide on a paint 'system' and learn it rather than try it for a week, dont like it, try something else, dont like that either, next brand . . . . you'll wind up with a lot of paint that just sits gathering dust.

    Waterbased is what most here use, there are then no issues with volitle fumes to cause health issues, a mask and room ventilation is also strongly recommended, RZ masks are great. some use only a good quality dust mask,

    You will be in for a learning curve regardles of what brush / paints you end up getting, embrace the challenge lol.
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    Hi from down south, and welcome to your new addiction.:)
    I got into AB for similar reasons (though the realism aspect was to bring more life into the fantasy stuff I hoped to do, rather than actual photorealism). So the brushes I use, would be just what you need - though I recommend them to most people anyway lol.

    You don't mention budget, but if you're willing to spend on a Bambi, then I'm guessing a decent AB is within budget too. So look at the Iwata hp-cs eclipse, and the Iwata custom micron.

    The eclipse is imo the most versatile, best performing brush for the money there is. The .35 nozzle is that much more forgiving for paint reduction compared to dedicated detail brushes, but is actually capable (once you get to know it and your paint system) of super fine detail, with the bonus of a 2 inch spray pattern too. It's less fiddly to maintain and clean than many brushes too. Perfect for auto work, great to learn on, but not something you'll grow out of.

    The micron. Dedicated detail. Expensive - hell yes! But the best. You can get the same fine line with an eclipse, but this just does it so much smoother and easier, and for photorealism is a must. There are .23 and .18 versions, I have the .23 and can get such crisp fine detail (in paintings the size of a 2p coin) that have never seen the need for the smaller one.

    As far as I'm concerned these two are the perfect combo, nothing (unless you start going large scale) that these two can't do.
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    Welcome from West Sussex. What part of Essex are you from?
  8. Gti

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    Hi Charlie, thanks for the message. I have an Iwata Studio Power Jet Pro, I picked it up at a really good price as new, only been used a handful of times, it was a bargain! Hopefully, it will do me to start with.
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    Hi Si
    I am from Chelmsford in Essex, where are you in Sussex? I have done lots of work that way.
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    Thank you for the welcome, I think I am in for yet another expensive pastime ahead! I have got an Iwata Studio Power Jet Pro that I picked up for a really good price that had been used a handful of times and as new, immaculate, I will start with that.

    Hi

    Where are you based?

    I am seeing a pattern with the Eclipse CS and a Micron combo covering the two ends of the spectrum. I was considering the Eclipse Hp-plus and a Micron, what do you think or would I be best to go the CS giving a 2" pattern if required?

    What are your thoughts on the Micron with MAC valve? I have mixed feelings which Micron as I am thinking if I want it for easier fine detail work I do not require it to hold loads of paint and I will require the best view of the needle and that points to the Micron SB. Which Micron do you use?

    I have done quite a bit of spraying over the years though that has been with airless sprayers pushing a serious volume of paint and furniture painting with HVLP and air-assisted -airless units. I have done some auto and still have my huge belt driven Ingersol Rand compressor, base coat, and clear coat guns so I have that side covered if I do a bit of custom auto work. I also have a mate that has loads of sign writing metal sheeting to use for practice. Airbrushing is the only form of spraying I have not done, so I am looking forward to embracing it!

    Cheers
    Andy
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    Gti Young Tutorling

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    Hi Jack

    I have decided I will get an Iwata brush and will start with an HP-CS and then get a Micron once I am good enough!!!!!!

    I am thinking of using the Createx system, being down in OZ do you use Trident?

    I know I am in for a new learning curve and many frustrating moments ahead but I am looking forward to it!

    Cheers
    Andy
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    I’m down near Horsham. Funnily enough I use to do some work in Maldon near you.


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    Gti Young Tutorling

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    Hi Charlie
    Thank you for the welcome.

    Where in NZ are you?

    I have a Studio Power Jet Pro, hopefully, do the job to start.

    Cheers
    Andy
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    Gti Young Tutorling

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    What did you do in Maldon? I used to manage a property portfolio across Sussex, at present, I am at home recovering from a major road traffic accident, now in my 3rd year! This is why I am embarking on the airbrush journey to help beat the boredom.

    How long have you been airbrushing? What sort of stuff do you do?
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    HellBird Elite Member! Elite Member! Very Likeable!

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    Andy, actually I'm in the US, not NZ. New York State about half way between Syracuse and Rochester. No worries, just a slightly different spot on the globe.:whistling: :D
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    Gti Young Tutorling

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    Apologies my friend I got muddled with the post above yours that was from NZ, woops!

    How long have you been airbrushing? What do mainly airbrush?
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    I'm pretty much half way between Southampton and Portsmouth :)

    Between the eclipses, you couldn't go far wrong with either. My preference is for the cs. As for microns, I have the cm-c .23. I prefer an external mac valve, as I can swap it between brushes if needed, I prefer to have it tucked underneath out of the way - and actually find it aids with a comfy grip, I feel the built in one would be in the way, and also should anything go wrong with it, I can still use the brush. But it's a personal preference thing, many people love their integral valves.

    The metal sheeting sounds ideal, and with your background getting them prepped up should be a doddle, if not someone around here can help you with that. If you are used to spraying bigger guns, you are likely going to be a little frustrated with paint flow at first until you get it dialed in, and although you are familiar with gun cleaning, with an AB it's even more important for needle and nozzle to be spotless.

    It is expensive to begin with, but looked after these guns will last you years, and then it's just a case of replacing the occasional needle (or buy a sharpenair needle fixer) and nozzle. Paint lasts for ever too, as you're literally measuring in drops.
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    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Mod

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    lol... I'm the one from New Zealand, I'm in West Auckland.

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