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Before choosing an airbrush, consider the factors unique to your particular situation. What type of work will the airbrush be used for? What type of materials will be sprayed through the airbrush? What is your level of experience? etc? The list of terms, the cut-away airbrush diagram, and the reference chart will help you select the best airbrush for your intended application. www.badgerairbrush.com
Single Action refers to airbrushes on which the trigger controls only the airflow. The amount of sprayed material is adjusted by
turning/setting a needle (color) adjustment screw. When the trigger is depressed, a pre-set amount of material is sprayed.
Dual Action refers to airbrushes on which the trigger controls both air and material flow (press down on the trigger for air, pull
back on the trigger for material flow adjustment). This style airbrush allows the user to adjust line width while spraying.
Single action is simpler for applying uniform even coats of color without any notable shade or tone variation, and is almost
always preferred for single color and basic spray coating applications. Dual action is preferable for “artistic” applications
as it allows the user to vary spray pattern while spraying the airbrush, this enables the artist to go from fine to wide lines
(and vice-versa) without limitation. Dual action is preferred for shading effects and color gradations, as well as being more
proficient for detail airbrush applications and truer realism effects.
Mix refers to the manner in which air and material come together (atomize) while airbrushing
External Mix indicates that air and paint mix outside the airbrush, producing a coarse round spray pattern.
Internal Mix indicates air and paint mix inside the airbrush, producing a precisely atomized “fine dot” spray pattern.
Airbrushes spray a series of dots (atomized material). An external mix airbrush sprays a larger coarser dot pattern, which is
preferable for larger surface coverage and volume spray applications. An internal mix airbrush sprays finer “softer” dots,
and is preferred for precision finishing needs, such as color gradations, shading effects, and fine lines.
Feed refers to the place of entry and manner in which the sprayed material enters the airbrush
Bottom Feed refers to airbrushes on which material enters through a siphon tube or color cup attached to the bottom of the
airbrush. This type of airbrush should have at least 18 PSI while spraying to operate properly.
Gravity Feed refers to airbrushes on which material enters at the top of the airbrush through a top-mounted color reservoir.
Gravity draws the material into the airbrush. This type of airbrush can be operated at spray pressures as low as 8 PSI.
Side Feed refers to airbrushes on which material enters at the side of the airbrush through a side attached color reservoir. This type
of airbrush operates best at approximately 12 PSI.
Dual Feed refers to an airbrush that has the ability to be used as either gravity feed or bottom feed depending on the user’s varying
application needs. This type of airbrush is patented and exclusive to Badger Air-Brush Co.
The Bottom Feed airbrush is best for general and production applications. The bottom feed airbrush facilitates the use of
more material without having to frequently fill the material reservoir. The bottom feed airbrush also allows (or causes) the
artist to work at a brisker pace, enabling faster spray application when desired.
The Gravity Feed airbrush, alternatively, allows the artist to slow down. Gravity pulls material into the airbrush, so the
airbrush can be operated at a lower pressure for improved airbrush control. This makes it easier to do finer detail work as
the finishing process can be done at a more deliberate pace. Gravity feed is usually the best choice for detail airbrushing.
The Side Feed airbrush allows the user to work with a swivel side cup which allows more flexibility for airbrushing in
difficult to reach areas or on contoured pieces. Many artist prefer side feed airbrushes for detail applications because the
side feed cup also eliminates any sight line obstruction to the needle tip when doing “close in” intricate detail work.
What is PSI? Pressure per square inch, it is a measurement of the level of air pressure.