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What paint to choose?
brekinapez
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 09:41 AM UTC

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They don't keep fumes out just dust.



True; to get rid of fumes you have to shell out big bucks for a respirator mask. I prefer to just block out dust and rely on ventilation for the odor. Anything that says it can block dust from sanding will be sufficient for your basic needs. Besides, you should be venting the fumes anyway so the gases don't build up in your work space. They are often flammable and you don't want that.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 09:21 AM UTC
No idea. They're simple to use, slide the elastics over your head settle the mask over your mouth and nose, squeeze the wire over the bridge of your nose to make a tight fit and that's it. I've used them when sanding drywall, auto primer and paint and as I mentioned above. They don't keep fumes out just dust. And they are inexpensive. They don't interfere with my glasses or headphones and if I only use them for sand model parts one can last a while, I may only wear it an hour at a time.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 06:03 AM UTC
Do they have a good customer service if I got questions or if I need any help?
Scarred
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 05:42 AM UTC
3M makes a whole line of masks. I only wear them when I'm sanding resin or puttied up areas. I use the N95 type.
Lada_Niva
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 05:18 AM UTC
Okay, and what type off dust mask would I need?
Where do I have to look for? What do I have to pay attention for?
brekinapez
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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 06:27 AM UTC
Any place that sells paint and painting equipment will have dust masks.
Lada_Niva
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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 06:22 AM UTC

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Have you considered to change to acrylic paints? Most important you should always wear a dust mask for health reasons when using the air brush, especially when you use enamels but also while using acrylics.

If you want to change to a different paint brand you have to test with which paints your air brush works fine and you are satisfied with the result. That will take some time, so don't give up when the first tests fail. It's always a learning process as Greg also mentioned. You also must find out the best mix ratio thinner/paint for you. So it's testing, testing, testing ....

I can recommend the acrylic paints of Vallejo (Model Air), Tamiya and Gunze for the airbrush. Revell Aqua also works with my air brush but not so well as the others. Especially Vallejo and Gunze have a big range of colours if you're no fan of mixing (like I am also not). Since I started working with the air brush I stopped using enamels and I always wear a dust mask. That is very important when you use it indoors.

Happy modelling!
Torsten



Where do you get those dust masks?
bat_213
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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 01:16 PM UTC
for my 2 cent I use Tamiya piant all the time
Lada_Niva
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 08:01 PM UTC
Thank you all for the replies so far. I'm really appreciating all your help. I'm currently switching to Tamiya Acrylics. Since I'm working on the JSU-152 or better known as the ISU-152 off Tamiya. Plus I had laying some old bottles off paint around from family that I got. So, if you have any experience with the Tamiya Acrylics paints and spray colors. Feel free to provide comments etc.
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 07:49 PM UTC
First, keep the paint you have. Very useful when you need a brush.

Otherwise, stay away from Vallejo for airbrushing, it requires adding thinner, a flow improver ... it's a mess. It's the only paint I tossed in the dustbin at some stage.

I start to love Alclad II. Growing color range, no thinning, no flow improvers and airbrush ready. Just make sure that you spray it at the corret pressure
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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 08:40 AM UTC
Have you considered to change to acrylic paints? Most important you should always wear a dust mask for health reasons when using the air brush, especially when you use enamels but also while using acrylics.

If you want to change to a different paint brand you have to test with which paints your air brush works fine and you are satisfied with the result. That will take some time, so don't give up when the first tests fail. It's always a learning process as Greg also mentioned. You also must find out the best mix ratio thinner/paint for you. So it's testing, testing, testing ....

I can recommend the acrylic paints of Vallejo (Model Air), Tamiya and Gunze for the airbrush. Revell Aqua also works with my air brush but not so well as the others. Especially Vallejo and Gunze have a big range of colours if you're no fan of mixing (like I am also not). Since I started working with the air brush I stopped using enamels and I always wear a dust mask. That is very important when you use it indoors.

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 03:49 PM UTC
I suggest Tamiya acrylics, Tamiya enamels and Tamiya thinners. There are two main reasons for this: Wide variety of military colors, and great with an airbrush.

I suggest the Tamiya enamels for those times you want to use a paint brush.

TopSmith
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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 03:31 PM UTC
Remember, when you change brands/types of paint there will be a learning curve to get the results you want.
Lada_Niva
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 07:04 AM UTC
Thank you all so far for your reply. Will really help me in my modelling projects.
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 05:23 AM UTC
Ammo of Mig's One Shot primers are rebottled Stynylrez, so they say and is a wonderful primer. As is Badger's Stynylrez. As already stated they come in many colors and don't need thinning.

Vallejo's Model Air line of paints are already thinned enough for airbrushing but different humidity can affect any paint so you might need to thin it a bit.

Vallejo also has sets of colors for a lot of different subjects, AFV's, Sci-fi, Fantasy, figures. You can get a set of color for Das Afrika Corp, or German Late or Early colors, modern sets for the U.S., NATO, Russian and IDF.

AK Interactive and AMMO of Mig also have sets for different subjects. If go to their sites you can see what they have and even download PDF's containing a lot of info.

Vallejo: https://acrylicosvallejo.com/en/
AMMO of Mig: https://www.migjimenez.com/en/
AK: https://ak-interactive.com/

When you paint keep a fan blowing to keep the odors and vapors film building up. It doesn't need to be blowing fast and don't aim it at your work space, mine blows at the wall to the left of my benches and it's just fast enough to keep glue and paint fumes from building up.
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 12:26 AM UTC
Badger Stynylrez primers (many colors)

Vallejo acrylic paints (model air for spray/ model color for brush)

Vallejo Flow Improver (as needed)

Vallejo Airbrush Thinner (as needed)

Iwata-Media Airbrush Cleaner (for both airbrush & handbrush)

The Masters Brush Cleaner (for handbrush)

that's the system & sequence which is working for me. I am a neophyte and its simplicity helps me concentrate on color and technique.
Lada_Niva
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 12:07 AM UTC
Hello fellow members,

I was reading another question in here about Tamiya paints. And I thought of my own situation with paint. I currently have a stock of Revell enamel paints. And that is fine as long as I don't have to mix the different colors for a specific part of my project. For example, to obtain the camouflage colors of the German tanks I want to paint. Because my current experience with that is, when I mixed the colors and I want to save them for later. After some months of unuse. The paint isn't usable anymore. And it cloggs my airbush. Did have this problem a lot now. And I'm sick of it. And also my spraygun is broken.

So now comes the question. What paint would you recommend when you red this story? Mostly want to use the paints with my airbrush. Want as few mixing as possible. And wide color range. And must not be to toxic, because I'm working in a shed and don't have any extraction equipment. And my parents probably wouldn't allow me to buy it and use it there.

So what would you guys recommend me? What experiences do you have? Please share them and help me out.

Greetings,

Lada_Niva