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    Hey guys, I have finally had it with spray paint cans (never got into the graffiti thing) and want to purchase an air brush. I know nothing about them. I have a large compressor that makes the volume of air a non issue. Do you have any recommendations for something to shoot moly resin? Thanks Jack
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    I hope I don't step all over your thread too badly, but I used to build model tanks when I was a teenager and young adult, and airbrushing is a whole 'nuther field.

    Kind of like some people spend so much time reloading that they never get to shoot, airbrushing is a skill all its own.

    I found out early on that airbrushing is a skill that can take as much time, effort, and practice as any other hobby. I compare it to learning a musical instrument. You just don't pick up the thing for the first time and expect it to do what you want.

    Having said that (and I hope I didn't just spew a bunch of stuff you weren't asking about), a rule of thumb is that the more expensive and versatile equipment really is better.

    You can buy anything from a cheap unit that won't do much, all the way up to a professional grade airbrush that will literally draw anything you want.

    You don't say anything about using it for camo patterns, but on a firearm I see that as the most useful job for an airbrush.

    Oh, and the worst thing about airbrushes: you have to clean 'em every time you change colors. You have to thin the paint or whatever just right. If it's too thin it won't cover the object well; if it's too thick it will clog the airbrush. The thinness of paint required can also change from one type and one brand of paint versus another (although I make it sound worse than it is).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAJOR PITA
    I hope I don't step all over your thread too badly, but I used to build model tanks when I was a teenager and young adult, and airbrushing is a whole 'nuther field.

    Kind of like some people spend so much time reloading that they never get to shoot, airbrushing is a skill all its own.

    I found out early on that airbrushing is a skill that can take as much time, effort, and practice as any other hobby. I compare it to learning a musical instrument. You just don't pick up the thing for the first time and expect it to do what you want.

    Having said that (and I hope I didn't just spew a bunch of stuff you weren't asking about), a rule of thumb is that the more expensive and versatile equipment really is better.

    You can buy anything from a cheap unit that won't do much, all the way up to a professional grade airbrush that will literally draw anything you want.

    You don't say anything about using it for camo patterns, but on a firearm I see that as the most useful job for an airbrush.

    Oh, and the worst thing about airbrushes: you have to clean 'em every time you change colors. You have to thin the paint or whatever just right. If it's too thin it won't cover the object well; if it's too thick it will clog the airbrush. The thinness of paint required can also change from one type and one brand of paint versus another (although I make it sound worse than it is).

    Just my humble two cents.

    No problem, thanks for the info. I just want to get away from the rattle can thing. I wont be doing anything special just one application coating. Jack
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    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47791

    AIR BRUSH KIT
    Includes: Fine head air brush, 5 ft. vinyl hose, 3/4 oz. and 1.5 oz. jars with lids, propel regulator, 1/4''-18 NPT, air brush body with finger valve
    ITEM 47791
    $9.99

    This is basically what I used to apply the Duracoat paint finish to my AKs.

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    I just bought that unit at a Harbor Freight store. Has anyone had luck using it for Gun-Kote?

    If so, what are your recommendations for thinning the Gun-Kote?
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    I bought the same airbrush a week ago at HF when it was on sale for $4.99.

    The KGCoatings site says to use acetone or MEK to clean up with. They say to use MEK for thinning the Gun Kote (#11 on the list).

    http://www.kgcoatings.com/gun-kote/trouble.html

    http://www.kgcoatings.com/gun-kote/application.html

    I would really like to see what the Gun Metal Blue looks like.

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    5 bucks... how can they make em for that?
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    Ancient CHINESE secret.

    They also have digital multimeters for $2.99

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    Quote Originally Posted by F-Troop

    I just bought that unit at a Harbor Freight store. Has anyone had luck using it for Gun-Kote?

    If so, what are your recommendations for thinning the Gun-Kote?
    I would like to know this also.
    I ordered one of these last week, but I have not received it yet.
    I plan on trying Gun-Kote as well.
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