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I've taken one airbrush class so I'm now an expert

The big difference between the acrylic craft paint you find at most hobby/craft shops and airbrush paint is the size of the pigment. The pigments used in airbrush paint has been ground to extremely fine size where as the pigments in craft paints is much larger. Think grain of sand for airbrush vs marble-size for craft paint to give you an extreme example. This makes a big difference when it comes to using a highergrade airbrush, which is typically an internal mix (paint and air are mixed inside the brush). I'm guessing the Harbor Freight $14.00 brush is the external mix with a jar hanging off the bottom. An ok brush for doing broad painting but *really* tough to do detail work with.

The H.F. brush should work ok with the craft paints but you will probably need to do two things: 1) thin the paint with either water or airbrush medium. You'll have to experiment with the mix but generally you don't want to thin more than 20-25% by volume. With either water or airbrush medium, stir thoroughly. 2) The second thing you will probably need to do is crank up the air-pressure so it will draw paint from the jar. Start at about 20psi and go up from there. Just to give you a benchmark, I use an Iwata Eclipse, internal-mix, double-action brush. I usually use a spraying pressure of 20-30psi. But then I'm also using airbrush paint. I haven't been able to get good results with craft-paints which is a bummer because they can be had for 50cents/bottle vs $2-3/bottle for Createx or other brands of airbrush paint.

Oh, one other thing. If you decide to use airbrush paint, you will probably notice there are two basic types, translucent and opaque. Translucent is good for mixing colors, weathering etc. It will cover but it will take more paint to do it. Opaque is made to cover in one coat, kinda like a rattle-can, a.k.a. a spray-can.

Most hobby/craft shops around where I live carry Createx brand of airbrush paint and Dr. PH.Martin's India Inks. There are lots of different brands but generally available via online-shopping. Dixie Art Supplies and Bear-Air are two places that come to mind for both paints and better quality airbrushes should you decide to upgrade. And of course there is always that well-known auction site.....

Didn't mean to rattle-on-an-on. Hope this helps.

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