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So, I need a new airbrush but... ?

Discussion in 'Airbrushes' started by st.bede, May 23, 2019.


  1. Sali

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    In that case I am lucky for owning one that works as it is supposed to. And I bought it on sale, maybe less than $15 as compared to regular $23 or so.
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  2. JackEb

    JackEb The Dragon Hunter Staff Member Admin

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    I would say you are very lucky
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  3. st.bede

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    I spent my money: Iwata HP-B+ and Grex MAC from Coast Airbrush.

    Thank you all.
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    Yeah, the Grex MAC valve is the tops. It has the widest range of adjustment - it actually takes almost three full turns to go from full on to full off, while many others only take a half turn. Bumping the knob, or accidentally turning it will have the least impact on the Grex vs. just about anything else out there.
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  5. Justin Sane

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    All the platinums run great. I own them all now, but I'd recommend starting with the platinum .2. it can pull some killer lines, and feels better than any brush I've held, including my 770. Good choice going with Iwata, you can't go wrong there, but like Sali said, look into the (Mr. Hobby) creos platinum .2. unlike Sali, I think they are super comfortable to hold, but they are a hair longer than my eclipse was. The valve has an angle I seem to fit well with though. Sorry to all you guys who've had to read me recommend these so much lately. My control immediately improved, and so did the atomization as well as an increase in comfort over my eclipse, and so I just really could not be happier with this line.
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    I've been looking at the Grex brand a lot recently and they seem to have good reviews. Any thoughts on any of their models specifically? (Wow, I just realized how bad this AAD is already...I'm screwed.)
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    I love the Grex MAC valve, the brushes I have tried, not so much... i have read quite a few people enjoying their experience with one, but they did not satisfy me in any way. They live in the bottom of the drawer.
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    AAD is real...….. there was a warning sign to the left of the door when you came in, right above the straight jackets which are useful in keeping your hands away from that big old 'BUY ME' button on websites lol
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  9. Sali

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    It is but kudos to me, despite of having strong urge and funds, I am restraining myself from buying another one. I was eyeing on buying CM-B/plus or SB but Dave told to learn on what I have, and I am obliging.
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    absolutely learn with what you have, @DaveG is never wrong (but we keep trying to prove otherwise lol ) What you have is far from 'bad' and it will help guide you with where you want to go.... you may find you develop a style that doesn't require high detail or you may find you enjoy painting on razor blades so need something that will be an extension of your fingers.
    Keep practising, you will discover what your 'ultimate' brush will be
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  11. st.bede

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    I received the HP-B+ and MAC yesterday. I am super happy. It feels and paints amazingly.

    With the old brush, I had to use two hands to get super straight lines. I practiced with one hand, and did get better, but never perfect. The new brush just balances so much better. It feels much more like a pen. The trigger pull feels a little different. I have to more of a snap off thing.

    I now ask myself, “how did I ever live with out the valve”?

    Wow, I am a happy camper. It seems like every thing I did before is now just a little easier.

    The only thing that has tripped me up is that I now run out of paint in the brush.

    I have used some com art, and some graphix aqua ink.

    I have some WN watercolors that I want to try.

    Any suggestions about how to mix up the watercolors. (Or suggestions about using watercolors). I can already tell, I will have to approach that a little differently. IDK.... I guess it is always just a matter trying.
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    1) What kind of work are you REALLY doing with an airbrush on a regular basis?
    2) How much airbrush experience do you have.
    3) What kind of mediums are you primarily using?
    4) How big of an art piece are you working on? Are you painting large areas that require a lot of paint for coverage, or just smaller sections, piece by piece?
    5) Do you need very rapid changes in paint on a regular basis? Are you using the same colors over and over again and repeatedly?

    If you can answer me those questions, I might be able to guide you in the right direction.
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    The external MAC valve has that effect on many people (you don't know what you're missing until you try it) lol,
    the good news is that any brush you buy from now on will benefit and you've saved $$ by not buying a brush with a built on MAC valve. Just remember to buy the male connectors for your airbrush or better yet buy half a dozen next time you do an order for airbrush supplies and chuck them in the bottom drawer - your siphon feed will need one now anyway :D
    If you have a problem with the paint running out then just top it up if you are using colour straight out of the bottle,(that's what I do, less paint wastage) or if you know you are going to be using a fair bit of paint and its mixed from different colours then get a small sealable jar, mix it up in that and then just top up your cup, if you are only mixing paint:reducer then keep in mind it will now have a shelf life of a few days/weeks depending on the brew.
    if you are covering larger areas with a colour then you can use the siphon feed.
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