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 Posted: Tue Oct 8th, 2019 08:30 pm
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Mike Strozier
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Good afternoon all.  I have a hopefully simple question.  As a hobby I have started repairing / restoring antique / vintage fans and other items such as coffee grinders for example.   I am rather tired of using the typical rattle cans and looking to switch over to airbrushing them.  But using the smaller airbrush to put full coats.   I feel since these parts are typically on the small side it would be better than using a full automotive spray paint setup with huge costly air compressors.  As the color options would seem to be far greater than the typical rattle cans that I can pick up from Walmart or Lowes.
What Spray paint that would work with airbrush units do you guys use or suggest?  And where to buy online?

Thanks for the assistance :)

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 Posted: Wed Oct 9th, 2019 12:41 am
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Mike Strozier
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Nevermind, family member assisted. Easy enough to get what I need or mixed @ O'Reilly's.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 9th, 2019 01:52 am
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I have used mine on automotive paint and farm  tractor paint.
Buy a good one  not them that the ladies use  for makeup.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 9th, 2019 10:08 am
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Lane Shirey
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I use a detail gun from Harbor Freight for most of my automotive paint jobs on fans.  I have a pricey Iwata detail gun but prefer the HF gun. 
I’m not so sure the airbrush will put out enough paint to get a good flow and it might clog with multi part auto paint.  

Detail guns work perfectly and hold just enough paint to do a fan. 

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 Posted: Wed Oct 9th, 2019 02:12 pm
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Thanks for the suggestions.  I've looked at the kits Harbor Freight sells and then youtube some reviews and results seemed to be mixed.  And when searching Amazon I find tons of cheap china knock offs which I am not so sure about.
So I may just piece one together.   I was thinking about this 3 gallon unit: Campbell-Hausfeld

Then buy all the other parts, believe this unit already has a outlet regulator, will need a water trap then the airbrush gear.

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 Posted: Thu Oct 10th, 2019 10:43 am
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Lane Shirey
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HF has 2 detail guns. I bought the more expensive one. It was like 40 or 50 bucks.  If you paint cars all day long it might be too light duty, thus the bad reviews. Also you can’t get parts for them, but at $40, Just go buy a new one if it breaks.  I’ve had mine for 3 years and no problems. But I clean it properly after every use.  


As I mentioned, I think you’re wasting your money on an airbrush. I have 2 and neither have enough paint flow to get a nice paint job.  


I can’t speak for their kits or compressors. Personally I probably wouldn’t buy a compressor from them since their motors and engines are very cheaply built.  With all this stuff, you get what you pay for.  The gun just happens to be a great deal.  


Best of success on your search! 

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 Posted: Thu Oct 10th, 2019 01:27 pm
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Thanks.  Think I will pick up one of these detail sprayers from HF.   Was looking at them after your recommendation and I believe it would be a better fit.  We have a larger compressor in the garage that we've used with spray painting a '57 chevy.   I was thinking of something more portable but I may just setup an area in the garage and do the work there.  Would have a unit at least that would be able to maintain cfm.   Just our current spray guns are 32oz.   
The 4oz HF detail sprayer looks like it would be the right about size.  Many thanks, I'll go this route and will save quite a bit in the process.

What paints do you use btw?  It's probably easier for me to go to the parts store to order or get a custom mix.  I've came across Wicked Colors & Auto Air colors.  https://autoaircolors.com/   The results look nice and some good selections.  A bit pricey.  Was curious if you had any experience with them?

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 Posted: Thu Oct 10th, 2019 05:56 pm
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I’ve found that about 4 -6 oz of mixed paint is about right when you figure a little waste in setting up the gun. Closer to the 6 if you’re doing a cage too. You’ll probably use more in the beginning until you get the hang of it. 
I only use ppg urethane automotive. It’s the most consistent it seems. It’s a single stage, 3 part paint. I like that it’s glossy, but not too much. It replicates original japan gloss in my opinion. I find clear coated finishes to be too glossy if you’re trying to replicate an original sheen. 

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