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Airbrushing practice info

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  • Member since
    September, 2005
  • From: South Australia
Airbrushing practice info
Posted by wikkid76 on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 5:17 PM

My first attempt at using my new airbrush resulted in a less than ideal finish on my 1957 Nomad body, to the point it attempted to strip and start again resulting in a stuffed body (it appears the brake fluid approach may have different results here in Australia).

Can anyone suggest what I can use to practice on so I can get better results?

I was thinking of maybe punching out a heap of shapes using a vacuum former, but if there is something cheap and easy to get hold of in reasonable numbers that would be a better option I reckon rather than go to the effort of making/buying a former and fabricating a buck.



If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.
  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 6:37 PM

I have used plastic milk jugs.  Some have partial textured surfaces, others are completely smooth.  All have curved edges so yo can practice going around the edges of a body.  Once it is used either toss it or clean it with Purple Power or some other paint remover and start over.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: arlington, tx.
Posted by rusty32rod on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 8:55 AM

   Aluminum beer or soda cans, plastic water bottles and plastic spoons have always worked really well for me. the spoons are inexpensive and the bottles and cans will become trash items once they're empty anyway..... might as well use them too. hope this helps.

  • Member since
    July, 2016
Posted by maxdtex on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 8:58 PM

These custom paint model bodies are good for painting and cost only $1.55 on ebay.

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    December, 2007
  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:43 PM

For me I wanted an inexpensive way to practice so I started saving mtal cans that my canned vegetables come in - you know pea's, green beans, corn and so on.

I would run them through the dishwasher, then dried them so they wouldn't rust.

After I had a few dozen, i set out to learn my new airbrush. I primered all of them, and let them dry like I do when rattle canning, then fired up my compressor and started learning what ratio's worked best for paint and thinner, and which air pressure worked best also.

It's a process that takes time, but with a couple dozen cans you can learn a lot and your supply never runs out if you keep buying canned vegetables Big Smile, and throwing them away is free and you ate your vegetable LaughLaugh.

I told several guy's here about it and thet loved it.

Anyway, good luck at whatever you choose to do.







  • Member since
    October, 2016
  • From: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Posted by modeller123 on Sunday, January 14, 2018 2:16 PM

cheap plastic plates from a dollar store work the best for air brush practice. get the ones made out of poly styrene. (it will have a little triangle with a 6 in it or say PS on them) becuse that is the same type of plastic that models are made of. it works better then pop cans and stuff becuse it will behave like a model would.



 I'm a modeller not a fighter 


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