Auto Paint Repair

How to Airbrush Auto Paint


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Airbrush auto paint can add stunning designs to your vehicle. It can grab the attention if it's well done. The colors and possibilities of airbrush car paint are almost limitless. Even if you're not an accomplished artist, you can make some good basic airbrush designs that will enhance your vehicle. Don't try to do too much, and everything will look great.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Airbrush spray gun
  • Auto airbrush paint
  • Compressor

Step 1 - Equipment

Depending on the type of airbrush auto paint you want to apply, you'll need either a gravity feed airbrush gun or a bottom feed airbrush. The gravity feed is better for delicate work, while the bottom feed will work better for covering larger areas. For a compressor, buy one that's meant for airbrushing. It's not any more efficient than other types, but it does run more quietly, which is a big plus.

Use specialized auto air paint. It's water based so cleanup is easy, and it's meant to adhere well over existing paint jobs. You can also use if for a complete auto paint job if you wish, and mix colors easily.

Step 2 - Airbrush Basics

Don't expect to immediately begin work applying airbrush auto paint to your car. You need to know how to airbrush first. Hold the airbrush like a pen, with your first finger on the trigger. Push it down for air. When you do that and also pull back on the trigger, paint will flow through the airbrush. The amount of paint depends on how far you pull the trigger back.

If you hold the brush close to a surface, you'll make a smaller mark than if you hold it further away. To practice, draw or trace a design on paper and try to paint the lines of it with your airbrush. Just use a single color.

Step 3 - Lines

You'll achieve the best results if you have the air on through the airbrush continually. To make a line, have your wrist locked. Start the air, then pull back to apply paint, and move your hand across, keeping it as straight as possible. At the end of the line stop pulling back, but keep the air flowing.

Step 4 - Filling an Area

To fill an area with airbrush auto pint, begin in the middle. Start with air, holding the airbrush not too close to the area. Pull back for paint and move your hand in a circular motion, working outward. As you work, bring the airbrush closer to the surface. This will create a finger spray and give you more control.

Step 5 - On the Vehicle

You need to practice for a while before you progress to using airbrush auto paint on a vehicle. Make sure the surface is properly prepared for painting. Tape off other areas to avoid paint going where it shouldn't. Remember what you've learned and apply the paint evenly. If you're covering a large area, to create a proper finish you'll need to apply several coats and finish with a protective clear coat. For a design, don't be too fancy, and also top with a clear coat.

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