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  • Member since
    February 2008
  • From: Brookville, Oh
Airbrush splatter.
Posted by ejc34710 on Friday, March 21, 2008 12:11 AM
Hey guys, i have a question about my airbrush doing something rather annoying. First off, im not sure of the company who makes it, altho i know its kinda a cheaper one. Its looks just like this one-only 1 insignificant difference: The problem is that when i first push the spray button, it shoots out a few heavy blobs of paint. This tends to have a negative effect on the part being painted.... I can't seem to figure out the problem. Yes, it's clean too. Thanks in advance for any help.

Eric C.

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  • From: houston
Posted by whitebiker on Friday, March 21, 2008 5:22 AM
Your paint could be to thick. It should have the consistency of milk. Also, I always spray away from my model before I actually begin painting to avoid this.
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  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, March 21, 2008 8:17 AM
Hi ejc34710

I agree with whitebiker. Also, I like to use mixing ratios instead of "eye balling" it. Get familiar with real 1 to 1 care painting techniques, and read the manufacturers recommendations on the label. I.E. When all else fails, read the instructions Big Smile LOL

Anyway, have fun experimenting. Oh yeah - I always shoot samples first. I just love to redo a paint job - NOT !!!

Back to my modeling cave - Dave Smile







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  • From: USA
Posted by fordboy46706 on Friday, March 21, 2008 9:14 AM
your mixing ratio should be ten % some people say they use more like 20%. When I use my air brush I pour the paint into a dixey cup then add one dropper of paint. If it still looks to thick add about a 1/4 to 1/2 dropper full to the paint.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 21, 2008 1:48 PM
Could be mixing ratio is off or bent tip this is normal thing with a cheap AB and yes they do come bent some times. Also not enuff air for the kind of paint you useing. Most of the Paints I use from Auto Air Color, Du Pont Hot Hues and HOK sealers I never go over 12psi and low as 8psi. For the new Chrome paint I have this really gets tight as its down to less then 5psi.
  • Member since
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  • From: Brookville, Oh
Posted by ejc34710 on Saturday, March 22, 2008 9:28 AM
Hey thanks guys. I checked/tried a couple things. Checked the needle: it was kinda hard to see, but if you ran your finger across the needle, it would snag a little on the end. I used a fine sanding stick to fix that. I added a couple drops of thinner to the mix, and that helped out too. I had it a little thick and the pressure was a little too high. It still does it a little, but its very liveable (is that a word?). I'd imagine it would be hard to get a perfect spray from this thing, but i'l be gettin a new Badger double-action as soon as i get the funds for it. Thanks again guys.Big SmileSmile,Wink, & GrinThumbs UpBow

Eric C.

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  • From: Suburb of Honolulu
Posted by racer1 on Sunday, March 23, 2008 11:22 AM
I usually mix my paint with a ratio of 2:1. Meaning that you add two drops of thinner for every drop of paint. So, if you use one eye dropper full of paint, add to that two eye droppers full of thinner. Depending on what kind of paint you're using. This formula works for oil based enamels. Lacquer paint is a little different. I use a ratio of 1:1 and spray mist coats over the base coat until the desired color depth is achieved. Hope this helps.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 23, 2008 1:30 PM
If paint is barely thin enough to spray without splattering, it's still much too thick. For models, "too thin" is rarely a problem - remember, you're not protecting the car from the elements; you just want it to look great.

Even a milk-like consistency can be too thick, especially for a final coat.


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  • From: so. sa. fran. ca
Posted by D.McWilliams on Friday, August 18, 2017 7:59 PM

Try thinning your paint. Hi air pressure low material.


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