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I was wondering how would you go about learning how to use an airbush and spary gun? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
 

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I learned to use both the spraygun and then years later the airbrush by asking questions and by practicing painting on things that didn"t matter like 55 gal. drums , metal buckets, farm equipment etc. Where there is a will theres a way. Read all you can, ask all the questions yuou can and get a spraygun and start practicing The more you practice what you have learned the better you will get. Good Luck. David Shands........... Retired Master Mechanic
 

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I use to work as an Airbrush Artist at the beach painting T-shirts, did it for about 7 years. Most artist don't really become proficient(by standards within the artists circles) until about 4-5 years at that point most are considered to be capable of pretty good work. The funny thing about that is that other people don't know the differance. My brother-in-law had been doing it for nearly 12 years at the time that I started and customers use to remark that my work looked better than his, when actually my work sucked(over spray everywhere, poor line definition, etc.). I look back at stuff that I did when I first started and think and wonder how or why anyone bought anything from me, but they did. I painted over 3000 shirts, car tags, whatever my first summer at work. When you paint that many items, you tend to build proficiency pretty rapidly. I have met a few naturals who took to it right off the bat, but it's not too often. The trick is in learning to properly utilize the double action trigger. There are a couple of Airbrush mags out(Airbrush Action is the most popular) and they have alot of good articles and you can also pick-up some how to videos. Graig Frazier of Air Syndicate has a real good web site with plenty of links (sorry don't know the address, try a search engine). If I can help in any other way, just let me know.
 

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The first thing is safety. Unless you are spraying colored water you need some form of breathing apparatus. Years ago it wasn't critical like today. Most paint used today are multi part and are much more harmful than the old enamals and laquers that were used. Todays paints don't even have to be inhaled to do harm they can leach thru your skin and do physical and nerve damage. It would be hard to learn how to paint if you aren't here or have the shakes so bad you can't hold a paint gun.I don't mean to scare anyone , but follow the safty instuctions on the product you are using!! Even if its a pain in the A**. ;)
 

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I read airbrush magazines, bought videos and took lessons when I had a chance. Then practiced, practice, practice. It gets really frustrating when you do a good job and then the paint gun jams up and slops paint on your masterpiece. AARRGGGHHH! It's harder then it looks but can be satisfying when you get a good paint job.
 

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AMEN to that Liquid_larry. About 16 years ago I decided to try my hand at painting I had a VERY bad experience with IMRON.Belive what you read on the warning label it is no joke!It was sevral years before I could muster the nerve to try it again and then I would only use acrylic enamel{thats why my mustang is so dull!}I just recently got myself a positive pressure air supply,the best way to go!After finding this place and all the info here I am ready to try again.If you use a filtered resperator dont make the mistake I made MAKE SURE YOUR FILTERS ARE THE RIGHT ONES and that they are fresh,old ones that have been exposed to the air are NO GOOD! You can bet I will take no more chances.
 

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I am an Art teacher and had no formal training in the airbrush- just taught myself- (just about like all the things I do in the shop- self-taught) There are good books out there but nothing trains you better than EXPERIENCE- get the books- then get the supplies ( and YES- be AWARE of saftey!!) and Practice! Practice!! Practice!! Airbrush Action magazine helped me refine some skills- or even visit someone working in that area and ask questions. There are TONS of sites with examples of high quality work...(see my dragon mural at <a href="http://www.hotrodder.com/gbnd/" target="_blank">www.hotrodder.com/gbnd/</a> !) Or check out classes at the local community college- Good Luck!!! It's GREAT fun (and can make some money!!) :cool:
 

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Hey Dragon J, I love what you did with your Henry J. *****in car man. I found this one while doing a search for them and thought I'd share it. Check out the link below.

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