Rattle Cans - who still uses them?

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I have been using rattle cans since i started modeling way in 2002. Been using them ever since. Will eventually buy an airbrush but wanted to know if there are others who still uses them?

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I still use rattle cans as well. Maybe I'll get an airbrush one of these days, maybe I won't.

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Same here, I use rattle cans. I may or may not get an airbrush in the future

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I use both rattle cans and an airbrush.

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I use both... airbrushes and spray cans. You just can't beat the convenience of a spray can.

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So true Harry. Good to know i am not alone. Two things prevented me from getting an airbrush.

1. Small space.

2. Hate the clean up after every color change.

But i am sure the advantages out weighs the disadvanges...right?

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So true Harry. Good to know i am not alone. Two things prevented me from getting an airbrush.

1. Small space.

2. Hate the clean up after every color change.

But i am sure the advantages out weighs the disadvanges...right?

The biggest advantage, IMO, is the absolute control an AB gives you. The biggest disadvantage: everything else! The thinning of the paint, the cleaning of the AB, dragging out the compressor, etc. I don't have the kind of work space where I can keep an AB and compressor out all the time, ready to go. So I tend to get lazy and just grab a spray can. Shake and spray... no thinning, no cleanup afterwards.

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I also use both. I have a couple of airbrushes and all the necessary "stuff" needed to use them, but, like most, I also have a really big collection of rattle cans.

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Me. No space or funds for an airbrush. Just shake, rattle and roll...I make it warm in hot tap water, or not quite simmering, shake like crazy and make sure the nozzle is kept clean (spray it out upside down when finished until you don't see color). But most of you know all that. I haven't built anything in a very long time, but my plastic spoons look beautiful.

Edited by sjordan2

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I use rattle cans exclusively right now, but I just need a compressor to get airbrushing. I bought Donns dvd and I'm looking forward to trying it out.

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You hit the spot there Harry. But the fine control is the beauty of it all. I am moving to house this month but have not fully decided yet. The cost of one AB can get me many models.

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All I use is rattle can. I've hed good luck with them, so that's what I'll stay with.

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Air brushes have their place . So do spray cans . me , I use both in my exhibit work along with a lot of little touch up brushes too. For a fairly large piece and a single color , go with a spray can . If you need "Fine detail and it's a relatively small area , I'd almost suggest an air brush ...........

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I use rattle cans exclusively. Haven't found the need for the expense of an airbrush. Would be nice for custom-mixed colors.

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I go both ways!

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All I use is rattle cans.

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Great responses fellas. I guess i might as well stick the cans then.

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I use both. Cans for primering and single color body painting. Air brushes (3) for metalizers, weathering, and odd colors not in cans.

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I use both, but as of late, I have been doing more and more body painting with the A/B. and use the cans for everything else

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I use cans for common colors or to make life easy.

But...when I need to get a special color mixed, want to try something a little different, or simply feel like playing, I love my airbrush.

It doesn't have to be expensive, either. I use a Paasche H, which is a bout $50. It's a nice, all metal airbrush that's very easy to use and cleans out easily.

The compressor is easy, too. A pancake compressor, like used for a contractor, can be picked up at Harbor Freight or Craigslist for very short money. With Harbor's coupons, you can usually get one for under $75. Runs on 110 and you'll have a compressor for tires and other stuff, too.

An airbrush isn't too expensive, in short. You can get a decent setup for well under $100 if you shop carefully and intelligently.

Charlie Larkin

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I use rattle cans, but I do own an airbrush....I just haven't used it yet. Like Harry said, you can't beat the convenience

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Love the feedbacks guys. Ok. What type of ab is needed? I keep hearing double action is the way to go. What is the difference?

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I have a cheap Testors airbrush that I've used 2-3 times over a span of 12-13 years. They're just too much hassle IMO for the type of paint jobs I do. Three-four different colors on a body is usually the most I'll do on one. I'll stick with my old rattle cans 'til I can't shake 'em anymore.

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Rattle cans are all I have ever used. Never owned an airbrush, and at this stage in life, don't thin I'll start. It' the 'old dog new trick' thing I guess.

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This would be an interesting subject for a numerical poll of our members, under POLL: Rattle can or airbrush? Which do you prefer or use most?

PREFER:

__ Spray can

__ Airbrush

USE MOST:

--Spray can

__Airbrush

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