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How to Choose an Airbrush ?

Are you wondering how to choose the right airbrush, or which airbrush is the best for you? AirbrushGeek is the site you are looking for.

Whether you are looking for the best airbrush tool that suits your needs, or you are looking for some tips and guides to get started, AirbrushGeek  is the website you are looking for.

Airbrush painting is a wide subject to cover. I am not going to go through the history of the airbrush with you on this site. But I’m going to explain to you what you need to know before you go out and buy an airbrush.

You can use an airbrush for all sort of applications:

  • Airbrushing plastic models, airbrushing  model airplanesbody-painting-
  • Airbrush for illustrating art
  • Airbrush for cake decorating
  • Airbrushing for fine art
  • Airbrushing on T-shirts
  • Airbrushing  RC racing car
  • Airbrushing nail art
  • Body-art airbrushing
  •  Airbrush tanning
  • Airbrush makeup
  • Airbrush taxidermy
  • Airbrushing signs

Choosing the best airbrush or the best airbrush kit amongst the large number of existing products\brands can be a daunting task. You are probably have a lot of questions. Hopefully you will find the answers to those questions on this website.

Airbrushes have three main characteristics:

  • Trigger: the action the user performs to trigger the paint flow into the airbrush (single-action air flow (like the Badger 350 or the Paasche H-SET) , double-action Airbrush (like the Badger Patriot 105, Master Airbrush G223 or Passche VL),
  • Feed system: This relate to the manner the paint is mixed with the air in the airbrush. It could be gravity feed (like the Iwata-Medea Eclipse HP CS), suction or siphon feed (like the Badger Air-Brush Co 155-1) or even  side feed. (like the Badger Air-Brush Co 100-LH-2 (M).
  • The mixing point: this is where the paint is mixed with the air flow. The mixing point is either internal or external.

Airbrush Tips and Guides

Airbrush Buyer guide

To help you choose the right airbrush, in the Tips & Guides section of the AirbrushGeek website, I will cover the pros and cons the above airbrush characteristics in the “Airbrush buyer guide 2023.” This should help you having a better understanding of the airbrush as a tool. ultimately this will help you choosing the best airbrush for you.

Airbrush Buying Guide
I  suggest you  have a look at my Airbrush buying guide  that covers in-depth the different type of airbrushes  on the market, their different functionality, what utilisation they are most suited for. Read the  Airbrush Buying Guide

Start Airbrushing Right: The ultimate Airbrush equipment list

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In addition to that, you will also discover that apart from your airbrush, there is a list of equipment that you will find useful to have as a beginner or even as a more experienced user. Some of those equipment are absolutely essential for everyone interested in airbrushing.

See my Complete Airbrush Equipment List to Start Airbrushing the Right way

Ultimate Airbrush equipment list
See the list of airbrush equipment that will help you get prepared for your airbrushing journey.Everything you need to know is in my Complete Airbrush Equipment List

Compressor Buyer guide

One of the essential equipment you will need to start is a compressor. An airbrush without an appropriate air source is a useless tool. I will cover everything you want to know about compressor in-depth in my “Compressor buyer guide“. So please refer to it to find more information on that matter.

Compressor Buying Guide
Check out  my Airbrush Compressor Buying Guide  that will help you understand what you need to know before buying an airbrush compressor. Read the  Airbrush Compressor Buying Guide

What are you going to work on with the Airbrush?

Coming back to the actual airbrush, my first advice for you  to help you  choose the right airbrush for : start to establish for what purpose you will use the airbrush, what you will use the airbrush for (airbrush on plastic models, airbrush makeup, airbrush for T-shirts..etc), and then you will look for the best airbrush suited for that particular task.

Again, refer to the my “Airbrush buying guide .” to help you choose your airbrush.

Airbrush maintenance and airbrush cleaning

You will need to understand exactly how an airbrush works in order to use it properly and also you will need to learn how to maintain it, take care of it. You could come across a multitude of possible malfunctions, and ideally you are going to be the one that will fix those. As a result, it won’t always be an easy journey. There is a lot to learn about and this is the challenge.

How to clean an Airbrush
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Therefore, be prepared to be frustrated when you begin your airbrush journey. There is a learning curve. I won’t happen overnight. You will learn by your mistake. Even with a very expensive airbrush set (like the Badger Air-Brush Co R123C “Extreme” Badger Renegade RK1 Airbrush Set for instance), the result of your work can be disappointing. Therefore, it will depend on your ability to use the airbrush properly. After all, the airbrush is only a tools in your hand. On the contrary, put a cheap airbrush set in the hands of a experimented airbrush artist, and the result can be amazing!

Best Airbrush reviews

I will help you to choose the best airbrush for you. Please have a look at my  airbrush reviews, you will see the one I have tested for you. I will make some recommendations and hopefully point you to the right direction.

As mentioned before, you are going to use a good bit of equipment as well: paint, compressors, stencils and so on. Therefore I am going to do some reviews some of those products as well.

Finally , it is time for me to let you browse !

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