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There are two basic styles of
Airbrush: Single Action and Double Action.
These two styles also use different methods of mixing paint: External
Mix and Internal Mix.
The information below will help you determine which airbrush may be
suitable for your level of experience
and intended use.
Single Action Airbrush: This style of airbrush is the easiest to
use and will provide a quality result for the beginner as well as the
experienced user. It does not provide the extremely fine line of a
Double Action Airbrush, but nevertheless it can spray a pattern as thin
as 1/32" or as wide as 1-1/2". The air and fluid controls are
independent of one another. Pressing down on the top button controls a
pre-set amount of air. The opaqueness of color and width of line are
controlled by an adjustment the user sets at the front of the airbrush.
This type of airbrush mixes the paint and air externally which produces
a larger spray. Single Action Airbrushes tend to be best for spraying
slightly heavier paints, solid coats, stencil work and uniform lines and
dots. They also clog less easily than Double Action Airbrushes.
Double Action Airbrush: In this type of airbrush the air and
color are both controlled with one button. Pressing down on the button
activates the airflow and pulling back controls the amount of fluid.
This type of airbrush takes more practice but is useful for very fine
lines as narrow as 1/64" and for very careful control of
opaqueness. Thus with one control the user can change the width of line
and the amount of color applied. This style of airbrush mixes the paint
and air internally, providing a very fine spray. The Double Action
Airbrush will provide the experienced user the most control and is best
suited for freehand detail work.