Spray paint or Air brush

07-23-2003, 09:37 PM
What is better? I've used spray paint for all my models. And sometimes it comes out weird. it comes out all bubbly. I'v never used air brush. So in your guys opinion whats better.

07-23-2003, 10:24 PM
the reason your getting bubbles is becase you are spraying too close or a too heavy coat...try to spray farther away or heating the can helps...

07-23-2003, 11:17 PM
i know that problem already. what i mean, is that its not smooth.

07-23-2003, 11:20 PM
As a famous phrase goes, the problem isn't the tool but the artist. You cannot say one is better than the other because it takes practice to get a good paint job spraying out of a can or with an airbush. But airbrush is good if you want to do more complex paint schemes which require fine tuning of the spray pattern.

However, if you are just painting something simple, spray cans are the way to go and you don't need clean up after painting.

Hope that helps


07-23-2003, 11:25 PM
what if i wanted to paint the body with the bumpers and stuff like all the big stuff? and for the little stuff what can i use? paint markers?

07-24-2003, 04:25 AM
to answer your question: it depends. but most of the time i use airbrush. it's easier to control than paint cans. however the drawback of an airbrush is the initial investment. although in the long run, the airbrush pays for itself.

07-24-2003, 04:32 AM
For the little stuff I'd recommend enamel paint, using a variety of brush sizes and sometimes toothpicks for the very small details.

Spay cans should be fine for bodies/bumpers. Take a look at primeraman's stuff in the gallery, he uses cans and you'd be hard pressed to pick faults in his work! You probably need a bit more practice on your technique.

primera man
07-24-2003, 05:57 AM
Here are a few links you may want to read
What kind of airbrush should I buy? (http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?postid=579013#post579013)

Do I have to buy an airbrush? (http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?postid=579014#post579014)

Why is an airbrush better than a spray can? (http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?postid=579015#post579015)

What can I use as an air supply for my airbrush? (http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?postid=579016#post579016)

07-24-2003, 10:08 AM
so what your saying is that air brush takes longer, but the finish comes out better. toothpicks? i'll have to try that.

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