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Old 09-02-2007, 08:56 AM   #1
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Airbrush Hell?

I wasn't happy enough with my Stevens 200 in .223 sitting idly by in its gray stock and adequate bluing. No, I had to "improve" it by attempting to DuraCoat it with one of their airbrush kits. The DVD they sent wasn't all that choice. I read the instructions on the can and the papers. I prepped the "paint", the airbrush and the barreled receiver and started in...with admittably some very decent results...initially. Then, the airbrush ceased to spray DuraCoat. Clogged up, right? So I unclogged it and it worked...for maybe five seconds and after that NOTHING helped. The can continued to leak propellant, no matter how I adjusted the valve or tightened the apparatus. I had to do the project outside, so having a neighborhood of jumping, screeching, inquisitive grade school kids asking, "Whatchya doin' Mister?", didn't help much. The barreled action was about 99.5% covered with a very nice coating of AUG green. All that unused DuraCoat remained in the bottles, so I committed the ultimate sin and swabbed it on the synthetic stock with so-so results. I just couldn't leave the rifle like that, because the first thing my eyes would see everytime would the subtle bluing that remained. So, I bought a spray can of earth brown hunting/sporting equipment paint and shaded the thinned areas in a camo-design that really wasn't all that bad...laughable, yes , but not bad. Has anybody had "difficulties" with airbrush application, or is this one of those times I should've kept my technical ineptness to myself? Any info on airbrush application would be appreciated.
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:48 AM   #2
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Re: Airbrush Hell?

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The can continued to leak propellant, no matter how I adjusted the valve or tightened the apparatus.
You were using one of those propellant cans? That's your first and biggest mistake right there. Those things are GUARANTEED to let you down one way or another.

When airbrushing, you can easily have your paint too thick, but it's almost impossible to get it TOO THIN. Thinner is better!

Always have a bottle or container of pure thinner loaded up and ready to go. At the FIRST sign of airbrush trouble, get the paint bottle off of it and slap the thinner bottle on and blast pure thinner through it until it starts shooting normally. Repeat this at the end of your painting session.

By shooting thinner through my AB IMMEDIATELY after shooting paint, I only have to tear the thing down and detail-clean it about once a year.
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Old 09-03-2007, 09:28 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info. Before I airbrush again, I'll need an air compressor and plenty of thinner. My wife warned me about air brushes. She said she never saw one that worked for more thsan s few seconds coating fingernails, so it didn't surprise her when the Duracoat airbrush seized up. Grrrr! I have to admit, when they work, they do a nice job. Well, just one more experience with gadgetry.
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I've been airbrushing (model airplanes and cars) for more than 35 years now, so I've learned a few tricks, and now don't have much trouble keeping one running.

If you don't have a compressor, Walmart, in the Auto section, sells a Campbell-Hausfield compressor with tank. All you need add to it are a water trap and whatever fittings you need to adapt it to your airbrush. You can be out the door for about $100 and this thing is much, MUCH better than any so-called "hobby" airbrush compressor I've ever seen at up to three times the price. I LOVE mine--best hobby investment I've ever made!
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Any experience with these Snake?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/d ... mber=93657

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I think you might have better luck with some of the paints for model airplanes and such. I did some stocks with some of the fuel proof kind and it worked really well. Easy to thin, easy to spray, they come in many colors suitable for camo and they seem to hold up well. I covered the colored with several coats of clear flat and the solvents don't seem to affect it. Just be sure to use the fuel proof stuff,
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