Badger airbrushes allow you spray a fine mist of specialised paint onto a painting surface. Once you engage the airbrush trigger, a forced air supply propels the paint out of the device in the direction that you are aiming the airbrush. Types of airbrushing projects are endless, as are the techniques that you can use. To have a properly working airbrush, you must first learn how to operate, maintain and clean the device efficiently.
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Things you need
- Badger airbrush
- Airbrush paint
- Cleaner, solvent or water
- Scratch paper
Grab your air hose for your Badger airbrush and connect it to the air supply (a CO2 tank, an aerosol propellant or a compressor) by turning it in a clockwise direction. Attach the other end of your air hose to the airbrush. Check that both ends are connected to the hose snugly.
Look at the stem for the colour jar or cup and make sure that it is positioned into the airbrush on the bottom where there is a small hole for that purpose. If the stem is not in place, push it into that hole firmly, taking care to not bend the stem.
Take your desired colour of paint and pour it into the colour jar. Fill the jar at least halfway full. Position it into place by turning the jar a quarter turn in the clockwise direction.
Turn your air supply on by flipping the "on" switch for the compressor or turning the knob for the CO2 tank or propellant in a clockwise direction.
Depress or push down on the airbrush trigger to let air out. Depress the trigger and pull back to get the paint to spray out. The farther you pull back on the trigger, the more paint will spray out. If you want to stop the air and paint flow, push forward on the trigger.
Make a dot of paint by positioning the airbrush close to your painting surface and engaging the trigger slowly. Make a small line by holding the airbrush close to the paint surface, engaging the trigger and sweeping the hand in a steady, even movement. If you want a broad stroke, position the airbrush farther away and sweep the hand in a steady, even movement. Practice with different strokes on scratch paper until you get the hang of it.
When you are done, remove the jar in a counterclockwise direction. Pour any leftover paint back into the storage container. Wipe out any residual paint in the jar with a paper towel.
Clean and maintain your airbrush shortly after every use. Fill the paint jar with water, cleaner or designated solvent and operate the airbrush as you normally would until all residual paint plus water, cleaner or solvent has been sprayed out. Doing this cleaning shortly after you are done painting will help to prevent clogs and will help to keep your airbrush working efficiently.
Tips and warnings
- Always wear a face mask and work in a well-ventilated area when using an airbrush gun to avoid breathing in paint mist and vapours.
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