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What would forum members recommend for someone who has never airbrushed or painted vinyl figures before? For example, what would be a fairly basic, but complete, recommended beginner's start-up kit? This would include the gun, compressor, hood or ventilation considerations, and everything else that you would need to get started with a "complete" kit, including basic paint colors you should have on hand (to apply directly or for mixing), primers, thinners, brushes, and any other equipment that you should have readily available for a good experience. Brand recommendations welcomed, except we know which brand of paint to use. Beyond beginner start-up recommendations, maybe someone could also suggest moderate and advanced level kits, so folks could choose based on their experience level and/or disposal income.

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Great Questions Geo. i have been meaning to post something like this up so here is a start. I personally use iwata airbrushes. Primarily I use the eclipse CS. My reasons for using iwatas is that there solvent proof. Which means that when i use Monster Kolor through the airbrush it has solvent proof o rings in it. Other brands are not solvent proof. If they are then by all means use them.

Now for paints of course i use Monster Kolor and have been using a form of this for years. They are ready to pour right into your airbrush. What you dont use can be poured right back into the bottle for future use with little or no waste.
However, other painters on here tell me that they use v color , mr. color , water base paints,etc. Look through the MK store for your kit options.

A complete iwata airbrush kit is available HERE It pretty much comes with everything you need to get up and running. All you need is a respirator that you can get from the MK store.


Also, many other toy painters that i know use the iwata airbrushes too.

Hope this helps you out please let me know if there is anything else i can help you with. Look forward to seeing some results from you !
Please Note that the paints that come with the iwata kit are not for use on vinyl at all. Its for like paper and t shirts.
Thanks for the great info, Matt!

What do folks recommend on a good place to paint in terms of space and ventilation? What's minimal? What's ideal?
I've seen videos of Mark painting Eyezon's outside on the porch. So, that would probably be the cheapest option but it can be discouraging if you live in an area with a lot of precipitation. Obvious, of course. Other than that I would recommend painting in a well ventilated area outside of your living quarters especially if you are going to use solvent based paints like v-color and monster kolor. I also remember reading a how-to somewhere on building a cheap paint booth made out of cardboard, a commercial vacuum cleaner and some microfiber padding. I just can't find it. Here is one @ instructables but it is probably better to invest a little more...

geozilla said:
Thanks for the great info, Matt!

What do folks recommend on a good place to paint in terms of space and ventilation? What's minimal? What's ideal?
Daniel, that home-made ventilator hood is great! Thanks for posting that...pretty clutch for folks working in limited space...
Keep us posted on your progress for your painting area Geo !

geozilla said:
Thanks for the great info, Matt!

What do folks recommend on a good place to paint in terms of space and ventilation? What's minimal? What's ideal?
As a fellow virgin, I find this info incredibly helpful. As for instructions, are there any good YouTube posts, etc. worth checking out? The ones I've seen are more or less for painting cars and shirts, etc. Maybe a good DVD? Right now I am randomly ruining old toys (i.e. personal experience).

Got to try that handmade hood!

First post on these boards woot! Seems like a great community. I know that DIY spray booths were discussed, and I wanted to share the one I built last week. Total cost was around $40 at Home Depot, sadly enough the tubing was one of the most expensive parts haha. If you want me to break it down into details let me know :)

 

Thanks for showing your booth off Troy !. Why does the tube go into a bucket ? Are you venting outside ?
I'm actually only using non-toxic sprays right now, so I'm not dealing with a fume issue. Just sucking up dust, I added some filters into the tube as a fallback to the main filter, so really the bucket is a fallback's fallback haha. If needed, I can extend the tubing to my back door which is right by my desk to deal with fumes. Which I'll probably be dealing with soon enough, trying to get practice in before I order some MKs, I don't want to waste them on my trial runs :)

Welcome Troy!

 

I built one up similar to yours but it just killed me with the fumes as it didn't vent 100%. I am going to attempt it again when I clean up a room on the other side of the house :P good place to for a spray booth; away from my main living area.

Troy Stith said:

I'm actually only using non-toxic sprays right now, so I'm not dealing with a fume issue. Just sucking up dust, I added some filters into the tube as a fallback to the main filter, so really the bucket is a fallback's fallback haha. If needed, I can extend the tubing to my back door which is right by my desk to deal with fumes. Which I'll probably be dealing with soon enough, trying to get practice in before I order some MKs, I don't want to waste them on my trial runs :)

Have been brush-painting MK on a Glyos Rig.  I just gave up and ordered the Airbrush kit that Matt linked to on this page.  It's even on sale!


I'll finish the Rig with brushes, but I don't want to brush clear coat again. Go Go Gadget Airbrush!

Thats great news Seth ! 

Seth Longmire said:

Have been brush-painting MK on a Glyos Rig.  I just gave up and ordered the Airbrush kit that Matt linked to on this page.  It's even on sale!


I'll finish the Rig with brushes, but I don't want to brush clear coat again. Go Go Gadget Airbrush!

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