What size needle to use in airbrush?

Submitted by Drew on 9/24/04 at 1:03 AM. ( )

hey guys, quick question. I just got my first airbrush, a Paasche VL. Wondering what size needle do most of you use for water based paint. I bought some Jonas paints that I want to try on some head mounts. Do you think I should use the size 1, 3 or 5 tips and needles? I think it came installed with a 3 and it seemed to work, but I don't know crap about airbrushes. I was thinking about getting some Hydromist paints, what size for those?

Another dumb question, do you have to use the same size needle, and tip combo? THANKS!

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use finest

This response submitted by terryr on 9/24/04 at 1:21 AM. ( )


#3 or # 1 for most everything

This response submitted by JonS on 9/24/04 at 7:52 AM. ( )

I use the #1 needle for everything except larger fish, then I move up to #3. For gameheads, either #1 or #3 would work well.
And yes you must always match the needle and tip assembly.

Personal preference...

This response submitted by marty on 9/24/04 at 8:12 AM. ( )

I'm just the opposite of Jon - I use the number 3 tip for everything. In fact, it's the only tip I own...


This response submitted by Drew on 9/24/04 at 3:15 PM. ( )

Thanks for the input guys.

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