I have a terrible time with airbrushing. I paint in acrylics with a brush. I have always wanted to really learn airbrush and how to control it. I would love to use it with my day to day painting (wildlife, pets, horses, duck stamps etc) but I am too afraid to. Every year I enter the Federal Duck Stamp competition and every year for the last over 20 years I dread the airbrushing part of the painting. It's always a disaster. I use HP-C and creatix illustration paint for covering larger areas. I also have the micron (Iwata both) for details. I study up on it every year and get help from people but I still can't make it not spit. Last year I talked to a nice helpful person at Iwata. He told me a lot and I followed everything he said. And bought every thing he said. And read up on everything he said. And I know he was right about it all. But just now came down from painting and I am having the same darn issues as always. Tonight I was just trying to paint a blue to white gradient from top to bottom. Since I was using a lot of white, I was sure to constantly (after every few passes) take the nozzle off, wipe the tip of the needle, spray water on and wipe the nozzles, sometimes I would take the needle clear out to clean it. I did this constantly. With a lot of fighting it, I was able to get my gradient but because it was one color basically , it still did spit some but blended enough with the colors next to it I can get by since I'll be brush painting over the top. But at the end of my painting which will take about 100 hours, I will have to paint over areas that are going to be in fog and if it spits on me then the whole thing will be ruined. So tonight even with all of the cleaning and assembling and disaseembling (I spend WAY more time taking it apart and cleaning it than I do actually airbrushing I am guessing that is not typical?). I could get away with spraying for a short time then the spits start. Often very badly. I used to spray at bout 30 PSI. The kind person who helped me last year said spray at 12-15 PSI with the HP-C for large areas. I tried that and it just spit BIG spit like crazy. I took it back up to 30 PSI and there was less spitting but still plenty of spitting. For those of you who I know are really good at this can you actually airbrush for hours at a time and get no spitting at all? If so pleeeease can you give me some tips? I just can't risk ruining my painting at the end of this (plus I'd love to use the micron to smooth water waves and other details but no way could I do that with how I am now) but I really do need to airbrush it to look right. Sorry for the super long post thank you so much in advance.