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#1 mnwildpunk


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:30 PM

I have a nice airbrush I love how it sprays but I find myself still using and buying rattle cans. Why I don't know I think it may be because I haven't quite got the hang of the A.B. yet. Maybe it's the clean up of the A.B. or the fact I'm just lazy!

#2 MAGNUM4342


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:33 PM

Airbrush, rattle cans, jars...they are all just options. ;) 

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:47 PM

i find i mostly use my (newly acquired and not quite comfortable with yet) airbrush for detail parts like spraying paint on tubular chassis etc, where with a spray can  you cant really get a thin even coat on something intricate like that. but for most bodies i still use the rattlecan especially tamiya. its not a problem; its more like the appropriate method for what youre trying to achieve.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:59 PM

Like you, I have an airbrush but find myself using the rattle cans. When I built military stuff I used the airbrush a lot for camo jobs but for cars I just find rattle cans more convienent. And yes, I guess I am lazy.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

I haven't used rattle cans for many years now, although if I see the colour I want in a rattle can, I will buy it, but always decant it to use through the airbrush

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:07 PM

I have two airbrush's and one has barely been used (two or three times) and the other has never been used. For me, it's just too much hassle. The mixing and or decanting paint, air compressor or the can of compressed air, cleaning the airbrush etc. etc.  

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:46 PM

Same here, I still use rattle cans, I like having best of both worlds, I have found that my paint jobs are no better with the A/B then from the can, unless I am using Scale Finishes paint lol.

#8 Rob McKee

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:41 PM

Like you, I have an airbrush but find myself using the rattle cans. When I built military stuff I used the airbrush a lot for camo jobs but for cars I just find rattle cans more convienent. And yes, I guess I am lazy.

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Edited by Rob McKee, 07 February 2013 - 06:42 PM.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

I'll use the airbrush if the paint i'm wanting to use is only available in bottles. But like others, I like the ease of the cans vs the setting up the a/b and mixing, and cleanup.   :rolleyes:

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

I am kind of addicted to my AB. I prefer it to hand painting or spray cans, although I also use both. In order: AB, can, hand. I probably use it even when it's not necessary and paint one or two small parts - wasting time and thinner to clean - but, as I said, I really like using it.

I am about 50/50 AB/cans on large parts like bodies, though.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:36 PM

I use a airbrush for large pieces like bodies, etc, but usually use cans for the balance.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:43 PM

I still use rattle cans. I think for me I don't like the idea of clean up. I use my AB it for Alclad chrome.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:52 AM

I use rattle cans for parts and chassis. I would rather use an AB for bodies, with spray cans I get too much orange peel. Cleaning up an AB is a pain but rubbing out a paint job is worse.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:01 AM

Old habits like a simple rattle can paint is hard to beat....

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:04 AM

I airbrush pretty much everything except flat black since the dollar cans of it work great and I go through a lot of it so it's easier to just grab the can.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:06 PM

I haven't touched a rattle can (other than primer) since getting an airbrush.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:09 PM

I prefer rattle cans. About the only time I go for my air brush is to spray engine colors.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:25 PM

While I have two air-brushes and a compressor, I haven't used them in over 10 years as I like the convience of ratlle cans. Just shake and spray.I get good paint jobs and can do fades, two tone, and other things with the rattlecan.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:44 PM

When I get the paint out of a rattle can and use it in my air brush I sometimes ask myself, " Is this is crazy or what?"  I feel I get way,way better results with the airbrush.  I can get in all the cracks and crevasses. I have found that the easiest way to clean it now is put all the parts, (4, I have a Paasche single action), in a glass baby food jar with cheap lacquer thinner, shake it around, then wipe them clean, takes about 5 minutes.  I use mostly Testors enamels now thinned with cheep lacquer thinner with great results.   Picked that tip up off of here via Dr. Cranky and Don Yost.  Love it!!!!!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:15 PM

Rattle cans for primer, undercoat, sometimes colour coat & sometimes clear.

Airbrush for alclad (including the black undercoat), custom colour mixes, candies, fades & fancy paint effects, 2 pack clear and it i'm putting bling into the clear.


I resisted getting an airbrush thinking i'd find the cleaning a chore but that's not the case.  I'm fairly slack with the cleaning (doing only the minimum) but the only time it's clogged was due to a spider setting up home inside the tip!


And yes, thanks Don for the GP thinners with enamels tip.  I now get good glossy black undercoats for alclad every time.  Woohoo!

Edited by zenrat, 08 February 2013 - 04:17 PM.