If you have ever taken on any type of painting project you have probably realized that using paint spraying equipment is the easiest way to accomplish the task. Paint spraying equipment is typically used for large projects such as painting a house or even painting furniture. Doing smaller paint projects like putting details on a piece of furniture or painting a small model simply cannot be done with a large paint sprayer. Luckily for you there is a smaller, more paint spray gun that you can use for these types of projects. For smaller projects, using an airbrush can help you accomplish your painting tasks.
Airbrushes work similar to larger paint spraying equipment but are compact in size to allow you to do smaller projects. Instead of a large air compressor and air gun that is typical of large sprayers, airbrushes use either small compressors or even cans of compressed air. The miniature size of the airbrush allows you to do small intricate as is the case with painting details on your project. They can also be used to apply full coats of paint on smaller projects like model airplanes and cars. Airbrushes are so versatile they can be used for nearly any small painting job.
People who use airbrushes for detail work will usually use stencils to assist them in getting the right details on a project. Stencils can be as simple as a piece of cardboard that has the design carefully cut out of it. They can also be made from no residue tapes that have the design cut out of them and are placed on the surface to be painted. This allows details to be painted on without introducing an overspray of paint on the underlying surface. More skilled airbrush users will opt to not use stencils and freehand the designs directly to the surface. Airbrushes have a controlled spray that can be easily manipulated with a steady, experienced hand.
People who assemble models and other similar type craft projects use airbrushes to do a majority of what they need to perform. Much like the process used with larger paint spraying equipment, an airbrush is held a distance away from the project and is moved back and forth in an overlapping pattern until the entire surface is covered. Airbrushes also allow different techniques to be used to give the paint job different textures or appearances that enhance the overall appearance of the project. Hobbyists can also use the airbrush to create intricate details on the model or craft.
Using spraying equipment is easy and has the best results when compared to traditional painting methods using paint brushes and paint rollers. Smaller projects are not exempt from the use of spraying equipment. The airbrush is nothing more than a miniature version of typical paint spraying equipment used for larger paint projects. In fact, the larger units were actually derived from the technology used for airbrushing.