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Driping Paint
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 2:08 AM
Eight Ball Everytime i paint a model i gets runs down the side or drips is it cause im to close to far or just to much paint,or, is it cause im useing a spray can for it. THANKSEight Ball
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  • From: Denmark
Posted by ThomasA3D on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 2:39 AM
You’re probably too close and use too much paint.
An airbrush is far better than a spray can, but you should still be able to get a very fine paint job with a can.
Just be shure to:
Prep the model (wetsand, wash)
Spray two mistcoats with some time between each - mistcoat: fast movement + can at adequate distance - you dont want these coats to cover the model completely.
Wait a little longer, then spray the final wet coat - slower movement/more paint - this coat should cover completly, but you have to be carefull not to apply too much paint.

This method will work when done right. If it doesnt you just have to experiment with the different steps - more/less time between each coat, more/less paint, warming the can in lukewarm water etc.
Painting is a skill that takes time to learn, so keep at it until you master it... and then buy an airbrush Wink

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  • From: Watertown ny
Posted by gratch73a on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 8:51 AM
Too close & too much paint.
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  • From: Illinois
Posted by hot ford coupe on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 6:45 PM
Too much paint and spraying too close is the problem. I just spoke to a friend who works at my local hobby shop who told me exactly how to spray whether it was a cheap airbrush, an expensive brush or a rattle can. Practice is the whole key once you've heard the technique. I use rattle cans now as that was how we used to do it back in the early sixties. The pressure from those things is high so you want to back off your subject to somewhere around 8-10 inches. Your first coats should be mist coats then followed by a wet coat but that wet coat should be thin. move a bit closer but move your can across your subject a bit faster, that is your paint can (teehee) Sorry. That's where the practice comes in. Also, if you're trying to get a perfect paint job with the spray, as my friend told me, there is no such thing. You can get close with practice but the beautiful smooth finish comes from smoothing out the paint with 3200 to 12000 grit paper and then polishing with a suitable kit. The airbrush will not give you a perfect job but just a lot more control over your work so your finishing will not be as difficult. I hope this helps you out somewhat. My problem is not how to get a finish or polish but it is learning how to use different paints and getting them to work like I want them to and not the way the paint wants. Good luck and keep asking questions.
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Posted by mishalah on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 7:09 PM

The key to good paint jobs is:

1- good surface prep (clean, sanded, CLEAN)
2- clean area for spraying
3- patience, keep the nozzle at least 10" away, patience, spray multiple light coats until the last full wet coat, patience...PATIENCE

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 7:38 PM
Sign - DittoAlso, never stop your spray stroke in the middle of the body. Always make a complete pass off the model before stopping the spray. Pat Covert has an excellent book out on the subject of laying down superb finishes. It's called, "Scale Automotive Finishes." You can get it at your nearest hobby shop or even Barnes and Noble.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 8:07 PM
thanks for everybody's advice i will use this on my next projectEight Ball
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  • From: Fairfield, Ohio
Posted by Drackopolis on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 8:19 PM
Yeah, everyone seems to have you taken care of here, lol...

My rule of thumb is more coats, less paint.
Build the finish up and don't try to get it all in one coat or it will run everytime. I like my finish to look wet but there is a fine line between wet and runny, lol...

I do have to say that 10 inches sounds a little extreme to me, but i use an airbrush and can control my air and paint flow. i generally shoot at between 3 and 5 inches with great success.
I have been doing a comparison test with airbrushes and will be posting my reviews of the current airbrushes on the market from cheap to expensive, best to worst on my website in the coming weeks.
Rev. James D. Baker


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