With the birth of the 360, most of the mods I have seen were airbrushed. It seems as though more and more airbrushers are popping up. As a result of this, I have recieved quite a few emails asking which airbrush to buy, how much paint to buy and proper techniques. I figured I would start a tut to clear it all up.
Well, here it is:
To start out with, do not expect to buy an airbrush and start painting graphics/murals the next day. In fact, don't even expect to be able to apply paint evenly the next day. What I am saying, is don't buy an airbrush to paint something on your case. It can take months to even master the basics of airbrushing.
For example, if you want a skull airbrushed on your case, you won't be able to learn how to do that in a few days, instead contact me or one of the other airbrushers on the scene to do it for you.
^To sum that all up, don't get an airbrush to do a current project. Get it so that you can learn how to use it to do future projects
Starting out in airbrushing can be quite costly. There is no way to avoid this if you want good equipment, however you can get a better value for what you spend.
Airbrushes: The typical cost of a good siphon feed airbrush is anywhere from $60-$100. For a first airbrush, get a siphone feed as they are much more versatile than a gravity feed. Personally, I would recommend the Paasche VL as a great starter airbrush. Don't try to cheap it with an airbrush because you will just end up buying a better one later on and having a peice of crap sitting around. The only exception is if you buy a cheap plastic hobby airbrush to give airbrushing a try before you commit. Chances are, you will end up buying multiple airbrushes for different types of work.
^I have one of these available for a few dollars, PM me if you want it
Compressor: There are compressors available online made specifically for airbrushes however I would reccomend getting a bigger compressor from Lowes or HomeDepot since they allow for more options such as using an HVLP spraygun, DA sander, etc. These range from $100-$200. Be sure to get a quality one, even if it means spending more money.
HVLP spraygun: I would definately reccomend getting one of these, It allows for a much more even basecoat and clearcoat. If you don't plan on doing intricate details, get one of these instead of an airbrush. If you are getting an airbrush, I still highly recommend buying one to use with your airbrush. These are also available at Lowes or HomeDepot.
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