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Airbrush Paint Tips for beginner

Posted on | September 16, 2013 | Comments Off

Some beginners confuse on choosing the appropriate airbrush paint. For that we try to explain some types of paint to airbrush so you can clearly determine what paint you’ll use later.

When the first time you are learning about airbrush, you should know that airbrushing should use a paint made specifically for airbrush. There is a good ones, name DR PH Martins, Golden Airbrush Colors. As you know, The pigments in these colors are ground finer than those in craft paints allowing for easy use in an airbrush. In the first learning to airbrush using an airbrush ready paint like Golden Airbrush Colors will make the learning process much more enjoyable. Basicly, these paints fall into two categories either Tranparent or Opaque. No matter which you use for learning, but the color to start out with is Black.

This are Airbrush Paint List that you can learn and use at your airbrush kit :


  1. WATER COLORS – These are waterbased colors well suited for use in an airbrush. Available in pre reduced form airbrush ready or in tubes. Water Colors best reduced in most cases with distilled water and are ery tranparent type paint.
  2. GOUACHE – All so sells under the name Tempera is also water based but with a white pigment added to make it more opaque. Because of the white pigment added you might find it a little harder to use in an airbrush than water colors. Gouache like water colors can be reduced width distilled water.
  3. ACRYLICS – These come in both opaque and transparent colors. There are many manufactures but you will find it much easier to use these if you stick with a brand made for use in an airbrush. Usually can be thinned with water or if the manufacture makes a reducer that should be used. Acrylics can be cleaned up with water or a cleaning agent if the paint manufacture makes one. Long lasting on just about any surface, be sure to read the manufactures tech sheet on surface prep, best uses before you use them. As with the above Gouache do not allow these to dry in your airbrush, clean right after use. One category of Acrylic paints is textile paints made for use of course in textile products like T-shirts, jackets, sweat shirts. Most require heat setting to be permanent again please read the manufactures manuals sheet as to use for best results.
  4. OIL PAINTS – A solvent based paint can be thinned with turpentine, minerals spirits and cleaned up with same products. Oils can be either opaque or transparent depending on how much you thin them. Oil paints have a very slow drying time.
  5. SIGN PAINTS – One shot is such product. Be very careful using this product, use in a well ventilated area, wear a mask. Again a solvent based product. There are other manufactures of these products. Care should be taken with these products to follow the manufactures tech sheets.


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