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How to paint plastic models with AKAN ™ when using airbrush


How to paint AKAN acrylic using airbrush?

Advice from manufacturer AKAN ™ (translated from Russian)

With brush: Thinning only when necessary for brushing.
With airbrush: Paint supplied bottles are not perfectly thinned. Applicable for airbrushes with nozzle from 0.2 mm to 1.0 mm.

1 Compressor

Best practice of operation for the compressor is 2 ATM. Indicator is required for the performance of compressed air flow. It is desirable that the compressor to supply at least a two times margin. For example, an airbrush that will consume 20 liters air per minute, it is desirable that your compressor can supply 40 liters per minute.

2 Airbrushing

Specific requirements for airbrushing. If you are a professional no need to read this paragraph.
If your budget is limited then purchase a standard (cheap) airbrush and perform the following modifications for better results. Take some fine sandpaper with grit 1200 or 1500 and cut off a small piece about 2×2 cm. Soak it in water and place the needle tightly inside sandpaper and start to rotate the needle. It will be wise to move the needle back and forth, without stopping the rotation. It may take a couple of minutes but if the needle is still rough – maybe longer. Then it is necessary to repeat the operation with a fine sandpaper with grit at 2000 or 2500. Further it is necessary to do the same at the interior of the nozzle. This can be achieved by using the original needle and repeat the process with sandpaper (as described above). After you do this, you can congratulate yourself with the outcome having an airbrush by higher level.

3 Preparation for painting.

Let’s start with the preparation of a model for painting. Ready for painting items must be cleaned from dirt, grease stains should be cleaned … cleaning with soap and then let it to dry long time. Alternatively you use a degreaser number 84007. It perfectly removes surface oil, dirt, and moisture. This is done quickly enough and it is necessary to wipe the surface the degreaser by cloth (for example number 84091). Applications for these purposes using medical alcohol or isopropyl alcohol is not wise, since the result would be worst. It is not advised instead of napkins number 84091 to use cotton or cloth because it may remain on the surface of the fiber, and you will see it after painting.

4 Priming the model.

To do it or not? It depends on the desired result. There are various situations where priming is necessary. For example, your model may have different grades of plastic as well as parts of molded resin. If the surface of the plastic does not require adjustment then it is logical to use a primer with number 74006. That is USED for colors with series number 7hhhh (Acrylic). This primer safely isolates the paint from the plastic and allows smooth staining. Do not over dry the surface and it is desirable to color within 40-60 minutes. The main strength characteristics of the primer 74006 is gaining during the day, but after this period the adhesion of paint to it will be worst. Operating pressure – 2 bar. The primer has a fine spray and even gives a minimum film thickness of the substrate one – two wet layers. There is a very common mistake, which you would like to avoid – to paint (or priming) in very thin moist layers. In this case the surface will fall half-dry or almost dry paint. In this case, the material loses adhesion (ability to adhere) to the surface and it is impossible to uniform spreading!!!
Primer specifically has a purple hue, which allows you to control the primed areas. When properly applied and after drying the color (purple) is barely visible and does not interfere use any paint color AKAN ® on top of it.