Trying to figure out the best airbrush to buy can be somewhat of a headache especially for beginners. In this article you will learn some basic techniques for beginners and find reviews to better understand the world of airbrushes.
My Top 5 Picks For Best Airbrushes:
5 Of The Best Airbrushes Reviewed
If you are beginner to airbrushing and looking for a less expensive airbrush then this could be the best choice. This product is made in China. This airbrush features a 0.3mm nozzle and needle tip set. Gravity feed paint cup is 1/3 ounce with a dual trigger for extra paint control.
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
- Very affordable
- Great for beginners
- Large paint cup with cap
- Short lifespan
- Tip is extra fragile
- Cup cap could get stuck
I recommend saving up for a better trusted brand but thought it was a good choice for beginners on a low budget. Reviews of this product come in around 130 positive versus 70 critical. Some feedback also shows customers receiving wrong product so make sure it has the Master Airbrush logo on the gun.
Iwata has become well known among professional airbrush artist’s. This brush feature’s a 0.5mm needle and nozzle set and a 1/3 oz gravity feed container. Higher price but probably worth the money as this brush is made in Japan. It is also an internal mix airbrush with a dual action trigger.
- Ergonomic design
- Good for beginners and professionals
- Long lifespan
- Larger needle
- Large paint well with cap
- Good quality
- Tip is fragile
- Needle set is not good for super fine detail
The reviews I read on this Iwata airbrush were very positive and has almost 200 just on Amazon. The only real complaint was when removing the nozzle you could break the tip. 130 positive reviews versus 5 critical makes this a highly recommended airbrush.
Being made in Germany this airbrush is a 2 in one that comes with a 2ml and a 5ml paint well. A .2 mm and .4mm needle and nozzle set allows for broad strokes down to finer detailed strokes. Sporting a dual action trigger for easier control of paint flow.
- 2 different size removable paint cups
- 2 different size needle sets
- Self centering nozzle
- Easy to clean
- High Quality
- Smaller size
- Fairly expensive
Although expensive the Harder Steenbeck Evolution airbrush appears to pass all the tests among users. The 2 in one cup, needle and nozzle sets provide more versatility and the smaller size feels good in your hand. With 75 customer ratings with no critical reviews makes this one of the best money can buy.
This has a dual action trigger with a siphon feed. Comes with a 0.7mm needle and nozzle, a 6 foot braided hose, wrench, 2-1 ounce bottles, 1/4 ounce tin color mixing cup and a lesson book. Made in America.
- Performs well
- Comfortable to hold
- Multi purpose
- Hose included
- Water and solvent based
- Bottles are plastic
- No extra needles
The fact that the Paasche airbrush comes with a 6 foot hose saves you some money out of the gate. Only 50 reviews and no critical feedback along with a affordable price tag makes this a very solid choice. I think a smaller needle set should come with this but it does not.
This is another quality American made airbrush. Being that it is designed for fine details would suggest a 0.2mm needle and nozzle set but I am not sure. More research may be needed if this is a concern. Comes with a extra fine tip and a 2ml gravity feed cup. The trigger is a dual action with an internal air and paint mixer.
- High Quality
- Performs intricate detail work
- Saving on paint
- Lifetime warranty on needle
- Need to be skilled with thinning your paint
- May need an adapter for the hose
- Mid price range
I would definitely love to have this Badger airbrush simply because it is designed for finer detail work. With 250 reviews, 205 positive and 26 critical, this is another solid contender for the best airbrush. Finer detail needles and nozzles need extra care and paint thinning is a must. I recommend practicing before using on any projects.
Beginners Guide to Best Airbrushes
We have all heard the phrase practice makes perfect. This is especially true to learning airbrush. Getting that steady hand can be somewhat challenging. Applying the right amount of paint without runs is one of the first things to learn so your lines are crisp and clean. Here are just a few tips for practicing and getting comfortable with your airbrush.
Hitting Your Target
One of the best practices to do for beginners is what I like to call target practice. Knowing the exact center of the tip is not as easy to find as you may think. By drawing a grid with a pencil or pen, try spraying a small dot on each of the intersecting lines. This will help you to be more accurate when painting finer details. Get your dots as center as possible, the goal is to be dead center.
Staying On The Line
When I got my first airbrush I immediately hooked it up and started spraying and getting the feel for how everything worked. Then I found that trying to duplicate lines I had created with a pencil were much harder to do with an airbrush. On the same grid you used for target practice, try painting the grid lines you drew by hand. Keep the motion of your hand steady and smooth. Try drawing some shapes and curves once you do the grid for some even funner challenges. Hopefully these exercises will help you to move in the right direction.
There are a few things you should know before buying an airbrush if you are a beginner.
As with most products the brand of airbrush can be a very important factor when making a purchase. There are many different brands of airbrushes on the market and the price range can vary greatly. Some brands are more popular and new parts can easily be picked up at an art supply store. On the other hand some nice airbrushes are made overseas which makes finding parts and accessories more difficult in some cases.
Best Types Of Airbrushes
The airbrush has come a long way and there are more uses in today’s modern society. They are used for many different forms of artwork from painting to cake decorating and even makeup. Knowing the type of work you are using it for will help in making the right purchase.
3 Airbrush Trigger Types
1. Dual Action Trigger Airbrush
This type of trigger you have to press down to start the airflow then pull back to deliver the paint to the surface. How much paint released will be determined by how far you pull the trigger back. Though harder to learn, this style of trigger is most popular among artist’s due to the amount of control it gives you.
2. Single action Trigger Airbrush
If you have never tried airbrushing then this trigger type could be for you because of how easy it is to use. Unlike the dual action a press of the button is all it takes to start spraying paint. Paint flow is controlled by twisting the adjustment screw which changes the distance the needle travels to the nozzle.
3. Automatic Trigger Airbrush
This trigger is very similar to the dual action. The only difference is you do not need to push down on the trigger to start the airflow. Airflow is automatic when you pull back on the trigger and the flow of paint is controlled by how far the trigger is pulled back.
Best Airbrush Feeds
This type of airbrush has the paint cup on the top and does not require any air pressure adjustment to feed the paint through the gun. One of the benefits to this type of airbrush is light air pressure can be used to get finer lines without all the over spray. The paint containers are somewhat smaller but this is good because airbrushes are saving on your paints.
Being the opposite of the gravity feed airbrush the siphon feed puts the container on the bottom of the gun. Siphon feed airbrushes need air pressure to pull the paint from the paint container and gets no help from gravity. Typically, this airbrush type can hold more paint which can help with larger painting surfaces and longer spray times before having to refill your paint.
Best Airbrushes-Parts And Accessories
This is the part that determines how fine or broad your paint stroke will be. Airbrush needles are measured in millimeters and range in size from 0.2mm to 0.7mm. Smaller needle’s produce finer lines which makes them best for detail work. 0.5mm needles and up are used for broad paint strokes and covering larger areas.
Also note that finer needles may require paint thinner to be added to avoid clogging the needle.
This part gives even more control over your brush strokes. In general the shorter the nozzle the broader the stroke. When buying just the airbrush nozzle pay careful attention that the nozzle is compatible with your needle size. Nozzles are measured in the same way as the needles so be sure they match.
Although compressed air in a can will provide air for a airbrush it is limited and loses pressure. You need a consistent flow of air to operate an airbrush effectively. This is accomplished by most compressor’s but not all. You want to make sure the airbrush compressor you are buying has it’s own tank and able to regulate air pressure. Another thing to consider is how loud the compressor is. I will be reviewing the best air compressor at a later time so be sure to like my site on Facebook to get this information as soon as it is created.
Cleaning The Airbrush
After every use cleaning your airbrush will help keep it in the best working condition for a longer period of time. While gravity feed airbrushes can be cleaned by running airbrush cleaner through the gun it is still a good idea to disassemble the gun for proper cleaning. Siphon feed airbrushes need to be cleaned this way more often than not.
My Top Pick for Best Airbrushes
Though all the airbrushes reviewed above are good there were definitely some that stand apart. The Harder Steenbeck Evolution stood out to me because of the ability to do a finer detailed piece while also having the means to go with a larger needle set to cover bigger areas more quickly. The only real drawback if any may be the price since out of the 5 products reviewed it was the highest.
Hope this article and reviews have gave some clarity into the world of Airbrushing. Thanks for reading.