Choose the Right Airbrush

Choose the Right Airbrush

June 15, 2023 0 By admin

“Which airbrush should I buy?” is the most common question asked, either by a new airbrush artist looking to buy their first airbrush set, or someone looking to buy an airbrush set as a gift.

Unfortunately, there is not a one size fits all answer to this question. There are a few key factors that need to be taken into consideration before choosing an airbrush set.

Single Action vs. Double Action?

The first thing to think about is whether you need a single action airbrush set or a double action airbrush set. Here are the key differences between the two: A single action airbrush is the most basic type of airbrush that you can get. When you press down on the control lever (button), the airbrush paint is immediately mixed with the air flow and sprayed out at a pre set rate. To change the flow of paint from a single action airbrush set you need to let go of the control lever and adjust the fluid control valve on the airbrush.

A dual action airbrush set gives you complete control not only of the air flow, but also of the paint flow to the airbrush without the need to stop and make adjustments. A dual action airbrush is the only way to go if you are serious about airbrushing and want to achieve quality, consistent results. There is a reason that professional airbrush artists choose to use dual action instead of single action airbrushes. They’re a better airbrush, simple as that.

Single action airbrushes are almost always external mix airbrushes. That simply means that the paint and air are mixed outside of the airbrush body before being sprayed. This allows for the use of much thicker airbrush paints to be sprayed without having the clogging problems that may occur with thicker paints using a double action airbrush.

Single action airbrushes are used mostly for activities that do not require a high level of detail or control. They typically cost less than a dual action airbrush set and are more commonly used by hobbyist and occasional airbrush users. Some of the common uses of single action airbrushes are for spraying coverage on hobby and craft projects, airbrush stencils, ceramic glazes and applying thicker airbrushing paints such as acrylic enamel and automotive clear coats.

A dual action airbrush set is an absolute necessity for any serious airbrush artist. A dual action airbrush set works by allowing you to control the paint flow to the airbrush as you are painting. The control lever works by pressing down on the lever for air flow and pulling back on the lever for paint. By using this dual (double) action lever on an airbrush set, you get total control over the thickness of the line being painted, the depth or tone of the paint and the fading or gradient effect of the paint being applied, all while continuing to paint. This type of control is not needed in every situation, but for any kind of artwork or detailed painting, a dual action airbrush set is a must.