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Why you don't use your micron?

Discussion in 'Airbrushes' started by huskystafford, Nov 12, 2019.


  1. huskystafford

    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja Staff Member Admin Very Likeable!

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    I know name of topic sounds weird. But I wonder about this one for quite some time now.

    If you own a micron, what is the reason, you don't pick micron and you decide to use other brush instead?

    I know there can be many reasons for that, including showing love for other brushes(you know which forum member I have in mind here), but if micron is creme de la creme, what is the reason you don't pick micron for your work.

    explanation for the ones which didn't heard this definition:
    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=crème de la crème

    I am wondering this, cause I would like to figure it out, if you can just skip few branches of iwata so you don't waste money and just pick the micron.. And I also am interested in comparison with other brushes which are not Iwatas when you need to work on something. Let me explain : maybe someone pick H&S model ''unknown'' instead of his micron cause the reason is '' unknown'' and I am nosy like a kid about this.

    Sorry for weird thread, but this is not the weirdest one on this forum from me I think.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2019
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  2. Artem T

    Artem T Triple Actioner

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    I suppose if I had an unlimited budget for my tools I would probably just bought a bunch of microns pretty much for everything except some "background coverage tools". Maybe I would occasionally pick some unique one to give it a test.
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  3. huskystafford

    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja Staff Member Admin Very Likeable!

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    I don't have a micron so I don't have a clue how it feels airbrushing with one :D
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  4. Mr.Micron

    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Staff Member Admin

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    I use mine 90% of yhe time unleas I am doing a large piece like a car hood or tail gate the I use my cs due to the larger the painting the easier it is to paint detail.
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    Well, for me there are only 2 reasons why I wouldn't choose Micron.

    1. For example, I have tons of "work" that are not detailed but I don't like to work with just one airbrush and hate switching colors. So, if you don't need details, what's the point of paying for micron if the work could be done by a cheaper tool. (that's not my case though, just for the sake of illustrating the situation)
    2. It takes time to cover large areas with micron.
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    Same reason you have a "daily driver" and the "hot rod" in the garage. Even though Hot Rods are alot of fun, they can be temperamental.
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    :D that's an interesting explanation, but I would better compare like using an old and dumb but reliable and convenient car while having new BMW and not using it
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    jagardn Airbrush Acquisition Disorder Patient Elite Member!

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    It’s been a while since I painted, but hope to be back at it soon.

    I have a Micron CMC+ that rarely got used. 90 to 95 percent of my work got done with either the Eclipse SBS or Eclipse CS. The main detail parts I did with the H&S Evolution AL. It was my go to detail brush for a few reasons.

    The light weight felt good in my hand
    It was the easiest brush to maintain
    I felt very comfortable using it for detail as well as general laying down of paint.

    The Micron is an awesome brush, but realistically I could, and most times have done without it. With proper technique, you can paint anything with an Eclipse.
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    Good question, Husky. Without hi-jacking your post, I would like to know about choice of cup size and location. My first purchase was the Iwata HP-CS. It has a large, top cup. I have long fingernails and ending up having to cut them down (I know...BOO HOO). The big cup tends to be bulky. Any suggestions... when I can justify buying another airbrush? :whistling:
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  10. huskystafford

    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja Staff Member Admin Very Likeable!

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    trade it for sbs. I have eclipse sbs, I love it.
    No long fingernails, no scratching

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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja Staff Member Admin Very Likeable!

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    sry leaky, but you made me confused. Which airbrush is a hot road? :D
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  12. Mr.Micron

    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Staff Member Admin

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    You could look into to sidefeed sb.That way no cup in get into the way of your nails. :D
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja Staff Member Admin Very Likeable!

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    so high performance airbrush wouldn't be used in your case then. It would be waste of money if I am not mistaken.
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja Staff Member Admin Very Likeable!

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    Nice to get some comparison with other brands as well. I know this can be tricky subject, that's why I named thread with: why you don't pick micron lol
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  15. Mr.Micron

    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Staff Member Admin

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    In my caaw I use the micron due to I like paint smaller items like bike fenders or fuel lids for farm tractors which is much easier to do with a detail brush like the micron. But H&S infinity with the .15 or .2 set up is also a great detail brush or even the badger krome. Steve Leahy is using the new extreme patriot painting a razor blade.you can see that on his live Monday night feed on face book.
    I think mainly buying a detail brush depend a on you. You can pull tight line with a .5 set up but it takes a lot more practice and control using a detail brush just makes doing it faster ans easier.
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    That is a tricky opinion.

    When I was starting my way I bought basic Chinese airbrush with 2 things in my mind.
    1. I wasn't ready to spend a lot of money before trying, what if I don't like airbrushing, right?
    2. I read very convincing words from people with years of experience that you CAN make magnificent drawings with literally every tool you have as long as you are good enough. You can make something perfect with excrement and wooden sticks if you know how to.

    Well, I did buy a cheap tool and struggled with it for a year or more and you know what? Then I went for H&S and after my first try, I wanted to find that guy and screw that Chinese airbrush into his ass.

    The question is - was I ready to spend a year in pain to learn that magical technique how to control that shitty airbrush? - No, definitely not.

    So, what I wanted to say is that while stating your preferences is perfectly fine, I would object if you say something like - why buying a good tool if you can do the same with basic one.

    No offense meant though :)
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    huskystafford Needle chucking Ninja Staff Member Admin Very Likeable!

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    and I would assume more fun
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    My Micron SBS is more comfortable in my hand, and gives better control for freehand painting than my Eclipse CS, but the Eclipse is less demanding when it comes to reduction and/or paint particle size.

    So I end up using the Micron for the skill-intensive freehand stuff with higher quality paints, but the Eclipse for general color fill, stencil/masking work, small scale priming/base color application/clear coats, metal/pearl paints, craft paints (or other non-airbrush ideal paints), etc.

    The Eclipse is also my preferred brush if I'm going to be taking my paint stuff to a public location, or a group hobby night at a friend's house, or anything else like that. The Eclipse is harder to damage, not as expensive if it does get damaged, and if I want to let someone who's never airbrushed try it out, it'll give them a much more ideal introductory experience.

    As others have said, the Micron is more a QOL upgrade than a capability upgrade. The Eclipse can, without any real struggle, do 99% of what the Micron can, and a number of things the Micron can't. The Micron just let's you do it with a lot more comfort/less concentration.
  19. Mr.Micron

    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Staff Member Admin

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    It actually built my confidence by allowing me to learn better control which made it more fun. But is a micron for everyone no mainly because everyone paints differently .
    I like the feel of the micron over my infinity or prime or my ps770 but the ps 770 ia a great affordable micron styled detail brush.the parts do interchange with the micron as well.
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    You're not making the same sort of comparison. A 20$ Chinese brush vs. an H&S is not the same sort of difference as Eclipse vs. a Micron. I don't mean not the same degree of difference; it's not the same type of difference.
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