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How to use a Double Action Airbrush




First you need to consider the distance

As paint particles spray from the tip of your airbrush, the paint disperses in a cone type shape. So the closer an artist holds an airbrush to the surface, the finer the spray pattern will be. Usually a thin hair line pattern is created by airbrushing as close as 1/2 inch away from the art surface. Larger and softer patterns are created from airbrushing a few inches away from an art surface. And really hard edges are usually obtained by masking up with tape.

Airbrush control

A single action airbrush has a finger control button on the top. Pressing it turns the air flow on and releasing it turns the air off. A double action airbrush allows an artist to control paint volume and air flow with a finger button. Pressing it will turn the air flow on; pulling back on the button opens a paint valve. This is why they're called a “double action airbrush". The more you pull back the button the more this causes the valve to open and so more paint will release.

The speed and control

Time is a big factor when airbrushing. Moving over an area slowly will deposit more paint than moving quickly over the same area. If you maintain consistent paint volume and distance but have variable speeds of movement across a surface, you will create variations of color and density between slow and fast movements. 

Airbrushing technique

You will realize that good technique comes with practice and learning to master the three controls all at one time. To see exactly the effects of each control, beginners should practice controlling one control at a time.

  • With your double action airbrush, push control button down keeping air flow on constantly. Maintaining a steady distance and speed, vary the paint volume by pulling back and forth on the finger control button as you airbrush across a surface.
  • Now do the same but maintain steady volume and distance but vary your speed across a surface.
  • Next practice distance control. Maintain a steady moving pace and paint volume but vary the distance to the surface. Practice all 3 until you can see the effects of each control.

Distance, speed and volume are primary factors in controlling spray patterns. The effect of controlling speed may be less noticeable but it is possibly the most important to master. To demonstrate, hold your airbrush approximately 1/2 inch away from the surface & take 10 seconds to airbrush a steady circle. After that, airbrush a circle same size but faster without compromising volume or distance. Although your circles might not be the greatest, the one airbrushed faster will have smoother contours and should appear to you more pleasing. It may take some time for you to learn how to airbrush quick strokes, but it's essential for you to learn to produce clean, well formed lines + tones.

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Gravity Feed Talon

Gravity Feed Talon
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Model: TG#2L
Here is the latest addition to the Paasche Airbrush line, the gravity fed Talon.

Talon Double Action Kit & Compressor

Talon Double Action Kit & Compressor
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Model: TG-100D
The Talon is one of our finest detail dual action airbrush for airbrushers who require the finest in detail and control. The kit comes with all three spray heads and also our new fan aircap for spraying wider patterns. The D500SR is very quiet, 1/8 HP compressor + regulator and moisture trap which delivers consistent dry air and features the auto shutoff switch. We throw in at no extra cost the AC-7 cleaning kit.

Talon Gravity Feed Set

Talon Gravity Feed Set
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Model: TG-SET
The latest addition to Paasche's airbrush line, the gravity fed Talon. Talon was developed to deliver the highest quality detail and control. The air valve and trigger has been redesigned which allows the user to produce smoother strokes, is also easer to assemble and is more durable. 100% made in USA . Packaged in a black casing and foam insert.

VL-Set

VL-Set
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Model: VL-Set
This airbrush kit includes 1 VL-Series size 3 - Dual Action Airbrush, 1 metal color cup, Head protecting cap, two bottle assemblies, Bottle & cover assembly, needles & aircaps, two tips, Hanger, one 6 foot air hose, a hanger, 22airbrush lesson booklet & parts.

Excellent For The Following: Custom auto & motorcycle graphics, T-Shirt airbrushing, Graphic art, leather, models- (trains, RC cars...), ceramics, cake decorating.

VL Double Action Kit + Compressor

VL Double Action Kit + Compressor
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Model: VL-100D
This is perhaps our most versatile airbrush kit. The VL can be used for most any application & spray any type of fluid or paint & comes with three head sizes. The D500SR is quiet, 1/8 HP air compressor + regulator and moisture trap which delivers a consistent dry air flow & also has an auto shutoff switch. We throw in at no extra cost the AC-7 cleaning kit & the DVD-VL instructional video.

Model: VSR90

Model: VSR90
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Model: VSR90 size 1
Gravity Feed Double Action Airbrush -- This airbrush has a unique two in one design which allows quick color changing by including two different sized color cups. The cups attach to the top of the airbrush assembly & swivel right or left for unobstructed view. Also suited for left or right handed airbrush artists. Two head sizes included.

Excellent for: Custom auto & motorcycle graphics, finger nail airbrushing, graphic arts and Illustrators.

Traveler’s Kit

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Traveler’s Kit
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Model: 2P -VL
Travelers Kit size 3-- This airbrush spray set is perfect for hobbies or industrial work or where electricity or a compressor is not available. Incudes 1 airbrush, metal color cup, bottle assemblies, 4 foot air hose, 1- 9oz can propellant & addapter.

Excellent for- as described for VL-Series

Finest detail Model: AB

Finest detail Model: AB
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Model: AB
Intricate detail airbrush set, no hose-- This AB double action airbrush is designed for an experienced detail artist, photographic retoucher and commercial/medical illustrator where projects demand the absolute best control for intricate fine line airbrushing.

Excellent for: Graphic arts and Illustrators.

Left Hand finest detail Model: ABL

Left Hand finest detail Model: ABL
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Model: ABL
Intricate detail airbrush set, no hose-- This AB airbrush is designed for an experienced detail artist, photographic retoucher and commercial/medical illustrator where projects demand the absolute best control for intricate fine line airbrushing. The airbrush is able to achieve spray patterns up to an inch & down to a thin hair line.

MILLENNIUM Set Model: MIL3-SET

MILLENNIUM Set Model: MIL3-SET
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Model: MIL3
Airbrush - no hose - size 3, This airbrush has a narrow barrel grip & a cutaway red anodized handle which allows quicker pullback of the needle mechanism which blows out clogs. Round finger trigger button rolls beneith your finger giving greater comfort & better control.

Double Action Artist & Hobby Kit

Double Action Artist & Hobby Kit
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Model: AP-VL
Includes double action airbrush Model: VL with size3 medium head, (3) 1oz of acrylic paint and airbrush adapters, 1oz cleaner & a 6' air hose.

Millennium model in case no hose

Millennium model  in case no hose
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Model: MIL3
Airbrush - no hose - size 3, This airbrush has a narrow barrel grip & a cutaway red anodized handle which allows quicker pullback of the needle mechanism which blows out clogs. Round finger trigger button rolls beneith your finger giving greater comfort & better control.

Wood Box Set w/ VL

Wood Box Set w/ VL
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Model: VL-WOOD
Wooden case set includes the VL airbrush + 3 head sizes, (2) one ounce bottle assemblies, wrench, 6' braided hose, hanger & lessons book.

VL Card Set

VL Card Set
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Model: VL-CARD
This airbrush card set includes a VL-Series airbrush, 1oz color bottle, 3 B Pressure Tank Valve, v62 wrench and HP- 1/8" 6 foot air hose.

Hobby Kit Model: 2000VL

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Hobby Kit Model: 2000VL
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Model: 2000VL Size 3 Airbrush Hobby Kit-- Bring your model and craft projects to life with some paint & an airbrush. Introducing five new hobby kits suited for the professional or amateur hobbyist. Kits complete with airbrush, hanger bottle assemblies and wrench.

No hose Model: VL5

No hose Model: VL5
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Model: VL Sizes are 1L, 3L and 5L
Double Action Airbrush only - There is never an airbrush that gives you more versatility. Extremely popular with T-shirt artists world wide. Can airbrush the finest detail to a broad coverage and handels heavy, medium and light fluids.

Model:VLS-Set

Model:VLS-Set
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Model: VLS-SET
Includes 1 VLS size 3 Dual Action Airbrush, 1 metal color cup, head protection cap, 2 assemblies, one bottle & cover assembly, needles & air caps, 2 tips, hanger, wrench, 1 6-foot air hose, 22 lessons airbrush booklet & parts sheet.

No hose Model: VLS5

No hose Model: VLS5
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Model: VLS#5,3 or 1
This double action airbrush is similar to the VL but has an added Screw on Swivel connection which allows freedom of movement. Also, only this airbrush can gravity feed of a remote container.

Wood Box Set w/ VLSTPRO

Wood Box Set w/ VLSTPRO
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Model: VLSTPRO-WOOD
Wooden case set packed with a VLSTPRO Airbrush, two available head sizes included, (2) one ounce bottle assemblies, wrench, 6' braided hose, hanger & lessons book.

Air Brush Set

Air Brush Set
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Model: V-SET
Fine detail airbrush set includes one V-Series size1L Double Action Airbrush + head protecting cap, wrench, 1 metal color cup, 2 bottle assemblies, 1 bottle & cover, hanger, tip & aircap, #2 needle, one 6 foot air hose, 22 lessons airbrush booklet & parts sheet.

No hose Model: V1

No hose Model: V1
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Model: V #2 or 1
Airbrush, no hose-- The V-Series Siphon feed offers ultimate versatility & control for detail, shading and tinting. Interchangeable metal color paint cup 1/8oz, (3.5cc) use for small paint volumes, comes with airbrush.

Left handed

Left handed
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Model: VV#2 or 1
Left Handed Airbrush, no hose-- The VV Siphon feed offers ultimate versatility & control for detail, shading and tinting. Interchangeable metal color paint cup 1/8oz, (3.5cc) use for small paint volumes, comes with airbrush.

Airpainting Unit

Airpainting Unit
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Model: NO.54 -5,3,1
Airpainting unit--Features the VLS- Internal Mix Dual Action airbrush. Designed for light production & touch-up, this airbrush unit meets the needs of airbrush artists that require efficiency & speed in airbrush painting small items. Quart gravity feed paint or material container attaches to fluid tube which feeds material or paint to the airbrush. Great for large quantity material requirements

Six pack of the MIL#3L- Air brush Only no accessories.

Six pack of the MIL#3L- Air brush Only no accessories.
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Model: MIL-6P
Six pack of the MIL#3L- Airbrush Only no accessories.
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