I NEED YOUR OPINIONS,! (Please)
i would like to get into airbrushing for the first time and have read that acrylic paints are less toxic, dry fast, and are easy to use. But, I have no idea which brand or kit to buy and get into. Of course I will be building and painting model cars, and would like to air brush as many parts as possible. ( including the body ) Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I value your much needed input and opinions.
Hey you do not need to buy the DON YOST dvd's to get your information on acrylic paints. You can just use Youtube or read the writing of someone who is willing to help even if you posted in the wrong section. Some people really need to build a structural styrene bridge and get over the small mistakes of others. I could not agree more with Marcusadam. I just choose to ignore the ignorant and absorb those who are willingly to assist no matter what. One word, ignore.
To answer your question, it really is a matter of personal preference and budget. You would have to try out difference products because they all have different purposes. Craft acrylic paint are thinner than your typical model acrylic paint. What I have experienced so far is that craft acrylic are cheap and spray very well with an airbrush but it not really fun to use when you are brushing. Since it tends to be thinner, it requires more coats. Sometime up to 6-7 thin coats to achieve full coverage. Especially with light colors. It works great with smaller part and full coverage can be achieved with one coat at times. Model paint tends to be thicker and usually requires only one coat to get good coverage.
The pros to craft paint is that it does not contain any harsh chemical odors and is non-toxic. It washes off with water and is CHEAP! $0.50 to $2.00. Model paint are usually in smaller bottles and cost a lot more. $3-$4.
The cons of craft paint is that it is thin, not easy to brush to get full coverage, and if sprayed with an airbrush has a bit of a rough finish. It also has very weak bond to the parts and requires a top coat of some kind or not. I use it for difference things. I sprayed a wheel with craft paint and cleared it with Future floor shine but for the body, I use automotive products .
Model acrylic paint contains strong odors, are more expensive and comes in a smaller bottle. They are better in finish and for brushing.
It is basically a "you get what you pay for".
I am about to try spraying acrylic craft paint and then clearing it with automotive 2k clear to see how it turns out. I will let you know.
Best advice is to Youtube some videos on craft acrylic paint and mode paint. They both have their pros and cons and their benefits.
All my advice given are based solely on my experience so you might have different end results. I hope that helps. I recently just got back into model building but I have experienced with different things along the way.