Hey all. Long time lurker, semi-regular participant… (see Crafty Cretin thread)
Looking to get into taking my finished pieces a bit further with color, even though all wood or acrylic pieces have been a hit so far. I’d like to work with more than rattle cans. Colors are limited somewhat limited, and expensive if you’re doing one offs, or just a few small items that you need a specific color for.
Been looking at airbrushes and larger paint sprayers. Sooo much info swirling in my brain and on my screen regarding both.
My specs: I have a small 2 gal air compressor, as well as a much bigger one in the garage. I plan to build a ‘fold away’ paint/finishing booth in the garage with ventilation and such. Should work well with spraypaint(canned) colors. I have acrylic (hobby) paints that allow for much bigger variety in colors. 80%-90% of things won’t be any bigger than the standard 12x20. (Any larger pieces would likely be rattlecanned/brushed/rollered…) Looking for that right sized spray gun/airbrush to add various colors, fairly easy to swap out colors/clean (multiple containers?), and that isn’t an $800 unit. $100 max budget. (Yea yea, you get what you pay for, I get it.)
I’m not naive, I don’t suspect this will save me any TIME at all. By the time I load up paint choices, hit the garage, set up the booth, and paint system, a rattle can will likely have been MUCH faster. But I want better control and more colors without destroying any of the small profit margin, I’m already only paying myself about $5-$10 an hour, if that for my time on things.
Just figured I’d ask the makers here for experience, particularly any with GF specific projects. Whatcha got? Thank you!