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Don Wheeler

Member Since 29 Sep 2009
Offline Last Active Sep 14 2014 09:04 AM
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In Topic: Airbrush and Air Compressor

31 August 2014 - 02:09 PM

"That wont work on my gravity feed. It leaks paint past the needle seat if I do."

 

I'm not sure what you mean by needle seat, Paul.  If you mean the front end of the airbrush, yes, it can leak if you pull the needle back too far. Like I wrote, it's touchy.  If you mean the internal needle seal, the seal is leaking and needs to be adjusted or replaced.  But, this would be a problem even in normal use.

 

At any rate, it's probably better to develop trigger control rather than to depend on tricks like this.  And, that just takes some practice.

 

Don


In Topic: Airbrush and Air Compressor

31 August 2014 - 08:46 AM

"The thing I like about the 175 is that its dual action, but can also be set up to act like a single action.  Just pull the pin back slightly and it acts line a single action.  I actually learned to use it that way,  on the suggestion of someone here on the board. "

 

You can do this with just about any airbrush.  Just pull the needle back a little before you tighten the needle chuck.  But, it's a touchy setting.  Some airbrushes, like the Paasche VL and the Badger 100SF have an adjustment screw to make it easier.

 

The 175 is a good airbrush.  It's pretty much a 155 with a fat body.  And, it has an optional 1.0mm nozzle that can put out a lot of paint.

 

Don


In Topic: Airbrush and Air Compressor

30 August 2014 - 12:18 PM

I almost agree with Harry 100%.  But, I'm a nit picker by nature.

 

"But I will say that you should get the best airbrush you can afford right up front,"  What's best for the purpose?  it doesn't necessarily correspond to cost.  An Iwata micron is a fine airbrush, but poorly suited for painting model cars.  And it's very delicate and parts are expensive.  But, I do agree it's best to start with something from a main line manufacturer that will stand behind its products.  I know there are people who are happy with their Chinese no-names.  But, I've seen plenty who have had problems with them too.

 

"A cheap single action airbrush (single action being the type where you can't really adjust the ratio of air to paint."  Not quite correct.  A good single action has good control of mixture.  But, it is a threaded adjustment, and can't easily be done on the fly.

 

"You pull back on the trigger to spray air and you push down to release the paint."  Sorry, Harry.  You got this one backwards.

 

And finally, I don't know whether Harry is inferring this, but I don't consider the 155 a starter airbrush.  I have some really nice airbrushes, but the 155 is the one I actually use most.  As he says about good airbrushes, with reasonable care it will last a lifetime.

 

Don


In Topic: Airbrush and Air Compressor

30 August 2014 - 10:43 AM

I'm glad the site was helpful.  Your present compressor should work fine as long as it can regulate the pressure down to a range of 10 to 35psi, and has a moisture separator.  Most airbrush dealers will sell adapters.  Here is the Coast Airbrush page.  If you buy the braided Badger hose, it has a 1/4 inch fitting on the compressor end.  The skinny vinyl hoses have the unique Badger connector and need a Badger 1/4 inch adapter.

 

I hope you like the 155.  With practice, you can go from pretty fine to wide coverage without changing anything.  And, if you need a really narrow spray pattern, smaller nozzles and needles are available and cheap.  Be sure to practice on junk before you try anything important.

 

Don


In Topic: Airbrush and Air Compressor

29 August 2014 - 05:25 PM

Wow!  Thanks for the plug, guys.  I hope James finds the site helpful. 

 

Don