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Old 01-10-2017, 07:39 AM   #1
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Dullcote - air brush or rattle can

Is there a notable difference, taking into consideration the convenience of a rattle can?

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Old 01-10-2017, 07:47 AM   #2
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Dullcote out of a rattle-can has always worked perfectly well for me so I have never bothered trying it out of an airbrush.
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:41 AM   #3
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I didn't even know there was an airbrushable version. I've always used a rattle can.
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Old 01-10-2017, 12:28 PM   #4
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I have used a flat clear finish out of an air brush years ago. It does apply a finer finish, but after using a rattle can, there was little difference except the time it took to clean the air brush. In more recent years I have been using a clear flat finish that you can find in the paint department of most hardware stores similar to Krylon. The price is less than the cost of Testors Dullcoad for three to four times as much.
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Old 01-10-2017, 02:47 PM   #5
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I like applying a flat clear paint layer using an airbrush. I find it just gives me more control over the volume and spread of the paint. The larger rattle cans just spray too much paint over too large an area for my taste, especially when painting small items. Now if you need to cover a large area, I would by all means use a rattle can.

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Old 01-10-2017, 04:26 PM   #6
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Tried, but never did master an air brush.
The rattle cans (I call them "spray bombs") work for me.
Over the years I've gone thru hundreds of them.
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:55 PM   #7
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I've been using the home depot kind...

I tried an expensive tiny can of actual dull coat, yeah, it was nice.

But the difference between it and the home depot paint are negligible.
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:13 PM   #8
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Arrow Air brush delivers consistantly #1 concern.

True,after thinning properly and adjusting the adjustments a fine
light coverage can be obtained. I think you can save money in the longest run,if, an airbrush is in your tool kit of supplies/hardware.
The Badger single action travelers kit has served me well over my modeling hobbies through out the years.It is my opinion.It is a must have tool in modeling. I recommend it to every modeler.
Especially a model railroader. Again, I think it's an indispensable tool,for the model railroading hobby of interests!

And good luck!!

Last edited by tr1; 01-10-2017 at 09:27 PM.. Reason: Good luck with your choice of airbrush systems!!!
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Old 01-10-2017, 11:59 PM   #9
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one car =rattle can , 5 cars = airbrush. one car isn't worth the time it takes to thin adjust and clean air brush, the rattle can I use is called charcoal fixative get it at artist supply store.
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:18 PM   #10
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I just buy a pint or two of lacquer and a small bottle of flattening agent at the auto paint store. Use my Paasche single action to spray it. That way I can control how dull the final finish will be. You can mix in the flattening agent up to 50%, but that is waaaay dull. About 10-15% flattener does it for me. Lots cheaper than buying Dullcoat by the can, especially how small the can is.
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