Need a Second Airbrush for Shooting Primers/Lacquers. Ideas?

11-21-2012, 12:50 PM
Hey guys,

I've come to realize that while my Iwata HP-C Plus is amazing for any 1/24 - 1/12 part, it sucks for body coverage. I've had it with rattle cans, so I'm looking into a brush with a bigger nozzle/needle assembly.

I had a Paasche H single action that I kinda regret selling last year now because that thing would have been perfect, but I've now been looking at the Iwata Revolution CR for this task. Bigger 0.5mm nozzle, gravity fed, and, well, it's an Iwata.

The BCR might fit the bill too, since it's siphon fed and can hold more media, but my experience with cleaning up lacquers in a siphon fed brush are not good to say the least.

What are you guys using for this task? At around $100, the CR seems like my best bet. Not sure I want to go with another Paasche, though the single action is appealing to me for this application. I'll only be using Tamiya primers and paints.

Cheers fellas.

11-21-2012, 01:06 PM
I actually upgraded from a Iwata Revolution CR to a Kustom TH for primer coats, body coats and clear coats. The fan pattern tip and 0.5 nozzle is great for these types of tasks and the pistol grip is very comfortable. However it is a bit pricey, CR is a great brush and has not let me down in about 4yrs of use.

11-21-2012, 01:38 PM
Maybe this is not what you want to hear, but for Primer and Lacquers, the Paasche H single action is just unbeatable. I keep 2 jars with the appropriate thinner for the paint I'm using and shoot the thinner through the airbrush after painting. I've been using my Paasche H for years without a problem.

11-21-2012, 04:05 PM
In The picture you will see Iwatas, Tamiya , Paasche and Badger and this is not all of them. For what it is worth I always end up using the Badger 155 Anthem for clear coating. It has a larger liquid flow and even seems to pass more air through the brush. Also it seems to be one of the easiest to clean of all of them. I have two and they have been bullet proof. They are a single needle design and I have never had to replace any part of them.

11-21-2012, 04:21 PM
I started with a cheap Hobbytown house brand airbrush (I think it is a badger) and used to switch back and forth between that and my Iwata. I did that for the coverage purposes you mention.

I have since found that if I turn the PSI on my compressor down to about 17PSI I get EXCELLENT coverage without having to switch (or buy another in your case).

Lower PSI lets me get a nice slow and even wet coat.
Give that a try and it may be what you need.

I hope this helps!

11-21-2012, 04:31 PM
I have an HP-CP too and while you need a little more patience due to the 0.3mm needdle, I have no problem with covering a whole body. As said, try lowering your PSI. I always work between 10 to 20psi, depending of the paint.

If you just want a quicker job, then a paasche or anthem will do the same works, just faster.

11-22-2012, 12:26 AM
Thanks for all the great replies, guys. I pretty much always keep my compressor set to around 15-18PSI for all my acrylics paints, anyhow. I've tried shooting bodies with it, and I just can't do it. I seem to get a lot of unevenness and just not a great finish.

I tried shooting a body with my old Paasche, and I remember it working quite well.

It's just with winter coming, and we just moved into an apartment, my outside painting has pretty much halted. I'll be investing in a booth and another brush this winter, and many thanks to you guys for giving me your thoughts.

deepraj, that Kustom TH is AMAZING! Wish I could afford such a luxury. Must lay down beautiful coats.

11-25-2012, 07:01 AM
I suggest a Badger 350 or a Paasche H. ( ( (

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