Double Action Airbrush needle for painting dots, detail

Submitted by Barry Snow on 11/5/05 at 10:54 PM. ( BS92860@Yahoo.coml )

Would someone help me please ? I have been painting LM Bass with a single action airbrush. I wanted to start using the pasche double action airbrush. I have one, but it does O.K. until I am ready to paint the dots, detail. I am using the #1 needle. Do I need another needle smaller. Also, I am using detail thined paint. Thanks for info.

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This response submitted by Doug on 11/6/05 at 6:05 AM. ( )

Go to a #3 needle

The #1 should be fine for the spots.

This response submitted by Todd B on 11/6/05 at 9:25 AM. ( )

You say your paint is thinned to detail paint? Have you turned your air pressure down to about 15 psi? That could be the problem. You did not really specify what your problem was. Spattering? too much pressure? what?

Also experiment with retarder

This response submitted by Cecil on 11/6/05 at 9:27 AM. ( )

to keep your paint from drying in the tip of you needle. I use a single action for everything and can paint as fine lines with the number three tip as long as I use retarder.

Thanks, the problem was the spot was to large

This response submitted by Barry Snow on 11/6/05 at 9:59 AM. ( )

Thanks,I did have retarder mixed in with the paint, but I didnot reduce air pressure from 30lbs. Thanks to all.

I'm with Cecil...

This response submitted by marty on 11/6/05 at 11:50 AM. ( )

And everybody is different. I usually keep my PSI UP a little higher (about 25 PSI) when painting spots and closing the tip as far as it will go and still allow some paint out. What this does is it allows much more air thru the tip and it also helps prevents clogging. But the ultimate plus is the spots end up having a softer edge this way. Many ways to skin a cat and end up with similar results...

Yep Marty

This response submitted by Cecil on 11/6/05 at 2:08 PM. ( )

We all learn by doing in this trade and it's funny how we can come at the same end point doing it differently. I find with my students I can show them something but it's up to them to do some repetition and trial and error to get it down pat.

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