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    Posted: 13-April-2017 at 1:06PM

I am not a body many or painter by any stretch, but I try my best.  My daily driver truck has a small spot that I need to touch up, about the size of a dime.  I tried to use a spray can to do it, and it just looks bad. 

So I was thinking of buying an airbrush and trying to learn to use one?  It seems like with some practice I might get some good results.
 
Any one here use an airbrush?
 
What is a good brand/make to buy?
 
How much do you need to thin the paint?
 
Can you spray clear with them?
 
Any advice is appreciated.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote californiajohnny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-April-2017 at 4:56PM
i do, but i'm not an artist! (some people seem to think i am) i have a badger 150, a cheap knock off of the badger, and my favorite.. an iwata air brush Big smile the iwata is awesome! i can't remember the model off the top of my head... i can check later.
yes you need to thin the paint a little more
yes you can spray clear through it , just thin a little more Wink

 and i have a sata mini gun that's great for touch up!!! it's about half way between a paint gun and an airbrush Thumbs Up
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With practice, they work good,
You can mask right on the edge of a stone chip and fill/paint without major blending.
 
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Thanks guys, maybe I will give it a shot. 
 
Can you hook them up to a normal air compressor?
 
I assume you just use reducer as you would for a normal paint gun to thin it out?  I read some stuff online where guys were using lacquer thinner?
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you could use a normal compressor, but you will really have to choke the air pressure and volume down.
You can get small air pumps that will work easier/simpler.
As far as reduction, use whatever is correct for the paint. Some things may not be compatible with the chemistry of the paint. If you are just using the little touch-up bottle paints, and shooting that thru the airbrush, I would check with the manufacturer for what they recommend.
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Thanks Randy!
I do have a small 8 gallon compressor besides my big one.  I just didn't want to buy another little compressor when I already have a couple.   
I'd probably just get a paint shop to mix up a small can of paint. I will just used what ever they recommend as a reducer then.
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