painting a mask

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aidenmoore

New Member
before i buy a mask and go through the process of painting it i was just wondering (through peoples experience) can you brush paint on the mask or is a better finish achieved with an air brush. Is spending the money on getting airbrush gear justified by the finish?

and if so can people point me in the direction of some good starter gear in the UK

cheers
 

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Elkman

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Opinions will probably vary on this, but I've done just about all of my mask painting with an airbrush. While painting the spots on my mask, though, I came to the conclusion that I wanted harder edges on the spots, so I used a brush for them. An airbrush is really good for doing shading and subtle changes in color, but for a defined edge, you'll want a brush.

I don't know where you can find airbrushes in the UK, though. Art supply stores and craft stores on this side of the Atlantic usually carry airbrushes, but I have no clue what you've got over there.
 

Usurper

Well-Known Member
You can get sharp defined lines and edges with a airbrush.

it just takes control, that way you do not get SPIDER runs, which usually occur when your rush or have little control.


Ebay is your friend for some nice cheap airbrush packages, that way you have not spent a fortune if you decide you do not like airbrushing.
 

xdmray

Well-Known Member
it's all about skill level with a brush or airbrush. i have seen amazing paint ups with both and have seen not so amazing paintups with either.
 

aidenmoore

New Member
cheers for the quick replies guys

just searching ebay and have come across 2 types of "starter kits" one with an actual air compressor and the other with just an aerosol propellant. will the cheaper aerosol still do a good job?

cheers
 

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Usurper

Well-Known Member
In a word no.

the can of air will probably run out of air before you finish , also a compressor will enable you to use different psi's and will give you a constant air flow.
 

bunter

New Member
The air brush with the compressor is a nice bit kit it will work out much better for you in the long run.
 

Elkman

New Member
cheers for the quick replies guys

just searching ebay and have come across 2 types of "starter kits" one with an actual air compressor and the other with just an aerosol propellant. will the cheaper aerosol still do a good job?

cheers
I started with an airbrush and those aerosol propellant cans. (They're kind of like air dusters for computer components.) They'll work, but you'll have to keep buying more cans until you get your mask fully painted. If you're on a budget, though, you can use the aerosol and get your mask painted. They probably won't destroy the ozone layer any more, either.
 

scottyw

New Member
I just spent a good amount of time trying to find a decent airbrush on ebay, i ended up buying one of these

airbrush

thought it seemed pretty cool for the money
 

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