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Gordon Fothergill

Airbrushing Jigs

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Does anybody airbrush their homemade jigs, if so what kind/brand of paint are you using.
Thanks, GF

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The best way to airbrush jigs is to get a good primer and base coat on them 1st.

You have a couple *good* choices for paint. You can apply powder for a base coat(must heat jigs and dip) in which ever color you wish. The second way is to use vinyl paint. Using vinyl paint you will have the best results if you dip(or spray solid even coat) in white 1st(primer), and then dip or spray again in the base color of your choice. Always dip or spray your jigs the lightest color in your color scheme 1st .. then go from there.

Dipping the jigs will give you your best base coat, will use less paint, and will give you a durable paint job in the end. The best way to dip is to make racks to hold several jigs at a time that can be dipped in long, shallow trays. Be sure to thin your paint to a proper consistency. Once you start to airbrush be sure to thin the paint(vinyl) propery with a ******er(slow thinner), put extra heavy needles in your brush, and crank up the air to about 50 psi.

Do some experimenting with your airbrush and get the jigs the way you want them, and from there be sure to put a solid coat of clear gloss on the jigs for a nice finish, and protective layer so your paint doesnt wear off quickly.

Vinyl and powder paint can be bought from a company called Component Systems. The thinner for vinyl is Xylol(Xylene) which can be purchased at most paint and hardware stores.

Sorry for the long post. This should give you all the info you might need.

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