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Old 08-23-2005, 07:55 AM
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new girl on the block...

Okay, I need some guidance. I have decided to change my long term career of mural painting to custom car painting. I know how to paint and I know how to airbrush. I hang out with a bunch of race car drivers who are MORE than willing to let me practice on their cars.

Here's what I don't know. I don't know how to get started. I don't know what is the best paint to use or where to get it. I don't know how to figure out what to charge. I don't know what kind of gun and power supply will be best.

If anyone has good solid information for me that can help me learn and help me break into this business, I would be forever greatful. I love beautiful and fast cars, I love men that have a passion for cars, and I love the way a great paint job looks on a car. I want to develop a career that I can enjoy, not just make money at (although that helps too)

Please contact me with any assistance you would be willing to give.

Ciao!

Tracy

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Old 08-23-2005, 08:06 AM
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The best place to pick up customers is at car shows. I dont know much about painting but I am sure the airbrush supply vendors could give you some good info. You may also want to get some business cards to local body shops and interior shops. Hotrodders spend a lot of time and money at these and are always looking for references to get custom paint work done.

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Go to an autobody supply store.. they can direct u. i think house of kolor paints are what most people use to airbrush cars and bikes etc.. some people use auto air colors from createx but i personally dont like how they spray since they are water based... house of kolor is solvent based and atomizes better. if you want check out www.autobodydepot.com they have alot of stuff for airbrushing.. paints, templates even airbrushes and equiptment. good prices as well.
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Airbrush of choice is an Iwata top feed.Different models for different need's.
Most ANY top line urethane paint will work, Most of the top painter's prefer House of Kolor due to it's rich pigment/vivid color's.
For "schooling" Get any of Craig Fraisers vid's.
Mike Lavale's vid's/DVD are excellent as well.

Your WORK will speak for itself if your GOOD,You'll have NO problem getting job's.

Pay is dependant on what your worth. $40.00 -200.00 an hour.

www.airbrush.com is a well known site with good info.
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Figure that whatever you spray will be clearcoated....so use reduced basecoats. Body shops like mine have lots of little cans of paint left over from jobs. Take as many of the little jars you have down to your local body shop..Give the owner your charm and intentions, and unless he is busy or an ******* you can probly get many diff colors. In the begining I would suggest basic shades, untill you find the colors and chariters of each paint. IE some are more translucent, others cover in 1 coat. I have had airbrush artists come to my shop and paint over my base and then I clear over their work. Stunning results. Of course it would be smart to shake the paint well and write down the code so you could duplicate it later. You could even go directly to the paint supplier that has a mixing station and get a little of each primary color, and the formulas to make any color....thats a lot of color!
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Old 08-23-2005, 01:12 PM
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I use House of Kolor, One-Shot enamels and typical MS base colors under a clear compatible for them. Test compatibility as I had a problem with the base solvent lifting a low-tack stencil once. As said above- Read a lot, experiment more! Some color blends that work well with standard airbrush inks like Badger,etc. when done with automotive colors will muddy up a bit. Test before spray is what I say... any more specific questions I'm sure we'll be glad to help! DJ
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I bought a Iwata HC air brush,it came with a kit that included a small compressor.It just plugs right into the wall.The kit comes with everything you need to start spraying.I think it was about 375$.Don't even wast your money with one of those cheap ones.All it will do is disappoint you!Also ...I would recommend a Sata mini jet for large cover work.Good luck and happy hunting!
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Not trying to steal your thread but I just purchased a Badger 3155. I really got this for my wife to play do art work with ie automotive, pictures whatever... and me to learn on. What do you guys think about this airbrush for starting out?
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Tracy, Charge by the hour and increase your rate as your skill level improves. Use automotive basecoat colors, this way your artwork will be compatible with the automotive urethane clears that are usually applied over the work. I've seen HOK offers an assortment of airbrush colors or you can do what I did and buy a selection of colors from an automotive paint distributor. If you go with an economy line like PPG Omni, Dupont Nason, or Akzo Nobel Utech it'll save you quite a few coins. My PPG supplier helped me out with about a dozen pint sized colors for about $80 which have lasted for quite awhile. That's the great thing about this kind of work materials are minimal. You'll also need some intercoat clear or regular mixing binder to weaken colors and also seal previous work for tapeouts, etc. I by no means have any amount of airbrush talent worth mentioning but if you are good you can make a good living out of this work. There's a guy up the road from me that always has a full schedual, master airbrush and pinstiping guru, his rate is $150 per hour and he picks and chooses his jobs. Good luck with it! If you have any questions related to automotive paint use you can be sure the members here will be able to answer them. Watch your health using these paints, a respirator is required. Bob
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do yourself a favor and subscribe to airbrush action magazine. they also have a hugh line of videos. these will really help out and tell you everything from different paint systems, prep, and finish.
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You may want to check out Ebay for airbrush paints,
there's some good assortment kits there too.
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