Equipment Setup

  1. Begin by attaching the small end of an Iwata air hose (included with some models or sold separately) to your airbrush.
  2. Attach the other end of your airbrush hose to your air source. (Compressor sold separately or included with kits)
  3. Add spray medium.
    • For Gravity Feed Airbrushes: If you have an airbrush model that has a cup lid, remove the lid by working the lid upward. Put a few drops of paint into the color cup and place the lid back on the cup if desired. If your gravity feed airbrush has no cup, then put a few drops of paint directly into the fluid cavity found on top of the airbrush.
    • For Siphon Feed Airbrushes: Put paint into the included siphon-feed bottle and attach the bottle to the bottom of the airbrush by pushing it into the airbrush. (Bottle does not screw in). One of the benefits of siphon-feed models is that bottles may be purchased separately and pre-filled with your favorite colors. Don't forget to have a bottle that contains the appropriate cleaning solvent for the spray medium that you are using.
    • Side Feed Airbrushes: Cups and bottles may be used on either side of airbrush by interchanging the blanking cover, if desired. The blanking cover needs to be on the opposite side of cup or bottle to spray. Attach the color cup onto the airbrush by pushing gently. Position the cup upright and add a small amount of spray medium into the cup. If using a bottle, fill the bottle with paint and push it snuggly into airbrush.
  4. Turn your compressor on.
    • For Dual-Action Airbrushes: Using your index finger for control, push down on the trigger for air flow. With trigger pushed down, pull back to release paint flow. For finer lines, turn the air compressor pressure (psi) down, get close to paint surface then push down and pull back on trigger just a little.
    • For Single-Action Airbrushes: Using your index finger for control, push down on the trigger for air and paint flow. For finer lines, turn the air compressor pressure (psi) down, get close to paint surface and turn the fluid adjustment knob to regulate spray pattern. Then push down and pull back on trigger just a little. Turn the fluid adjustment knob while spraying as needed.
    • For Trigger Airbrushes: Gently pull back on the trigger for air flow and then pull farther for paint spray. For finer lines, turn the air compressor pressure (psi) down, get close to paint surface then push down and pull back on trigger just a little. Controlling the spray takes practice, so allow yourself time to develope a feel for it.
  5. Clean your airbrush between color changes and at the end of your work session.

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