Frequently Aasked Questions

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Q: What’s the best airbrush for beginners?

A: Choosing the best airbrush for beginners depends on various factors such as budget, intended use, and personal preferences. Most of the makers and creators will choose gravity feed airbrush as it’s easy to use, easy to clean and versatile. Here are two popular airbrush models that are great for beginners:

  1. NCT-SJ83: Equipped with an auto-centering drop-in nozzle and a convenient pop-on needle cap, designed to enhance the airbrushing experience for users. The airbrush can deliver soft and effortless coverage at low air pressures. Easy to control the paint flow and achieve smooth results. Additionally, the airbrush is designed for easy cleaning, with a simple disassembly process that allows for quick maintenance. 
  2. NCT-SJ81: Incorporates a tension-adjust function and a MAC valve, along with a convenient preset knob. Specifically designed to enable the airbrush to deliver fine details at low air pressures. Additionally, the bundle accessories provided with the airbrush add a lot of convenience for beginners, offering everything they need to get started with confidence.

Q: What types of paints can i use in my airbrush?

A: Airbrushes are compatible with a wide range of paints, as long as they have a suitable   consistency for airbrushing. Here are some common types of paints that can be used in an airbrush: Water-Based Acrylic Paints, Solvent-Based Enamel Paints, Lacquer-Based Paints, Oil-Based Paints, Ink and Dye-Based Paints, etc.

Different paints may require specific airbrush thinner mediums or additives to achieve the optimal consistency and prevent clogging or tip dry.

Q: Why won’t my airbrush spray?

A: There could be several potential reasons for this issue. Here are some common factors to consider when troubleshooting the problem. We have collected and organized a variety of causes for this problem, see our Airbrush resource center to get more information about it.

Q: Why does my airbrush bubble?

A: The presence of bubbles in the airbrush cup is typically indicative of an air leak. This issue can stem from various factors, including:

  1. Incorrect needle position: Ensure that the needle is correctly positioned within the airbrush. A misaligned needle can lead to air leakage, causing bubbling. 
  2. Loose nozzle cap: Check if the nozzle cap is tightly secured. A loose cap can result in air escaping, leading to bubbling. 
  3. Clogged or defective nozzle: A nozzle that is clogged or damaged can cause irregular airflow and result in bubbling. 

To address the problem of bubbles in your airbrush cup, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure all parts are thoroughly cleaned, paying close attention to the needle and nozzle. Remove any dried paint or residue that could obstruct the airflow.
  2. Check the tightness of the nozzle cap, ensuring it is securely fastened to prevent air leakage.
  3. Remove the nozzle and needle from the airbrush, and then reinsert them carefully, ensuring they are properly aligned.
  4. If the problem persists, it may be necessary to replace the nozzle, as it could be damaged or defective.

For more detailed information and resources, please refer to our Airbrush Resource Center, which provides additional guidance on troubleshooting and maintenance techniques to address airbrush-related issues effectively.

Q: Is airbrushing safe?

A: Airbrushing can be safe when proper precautions and safety measures are followed. However, it's important to be aware of potential risks and take steps to minimize them. Here are some considerations for safe airbrushing:

Ventilation: Ensure that you work in a well-ventilated area. Airbrushing can generate fine particles and vapors from paints, thinners, and cleaning agents, which may be harmful if inhaled. Use exhaust fans, open windows, or work in a ventilated spray booth to remove fumes and maintain clean air.

Respiratory Protection: If adequate ventilation is not possible, or when working with toxic or harmful materials, use appropriate respiratory protection. NIOSH-approved respirators with suitable filters can provide protection against inhalation of airborne particles and chemicals. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Wear suitable protective equipment to safeguard yourself during airbrushing. This may include gloves, safety glasses, or goggles to protect your eyes from paint or debris. Disposable coveralls or aprons can help protect your skin and clothing from paint splatter or overspray.

Paint Handling and Storage: Follow proper procedures for handling and storing paints, thinners, and cleaning agents. Keep them in well-labeled, sealed containers and away from heat or open flames. Avoid ingestion or direct contact with the skin, and read and follow the safety instructions provided by the paint manufacturer.

Cleaning and Maintenance: Regularly clean and maintain your airbrush to prevent paint buildup, clogs, or malfunctions. Handle sharp components such as needles and nozzles with care to avoid injuries.

Skin and Eye Protection: Paint particles or solvents can irritate or penetrate the skin. In case of accidental contact, wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. Protect your eyes with safety goggles or a face shield to prevent accidental splashes or overspray.

Airbrush cleaning pot is a useful tool to protect you from the harm of paint air when cleaning the airbrush. Try NEOECO universal airbrush cleaning pot, it's a great choice for every airbrush user.

Q: Can I run multiple airbrushes off one compressor?

A: Yes, it is possible to run multiple airbrushes off one compressor. However, there are a two factors to consider:

Air Pressure and Volume: Ensure that the compressor you are using has sufficient air pressure and volume to support multiple airbrushes simultaneously. Each airbrush requires a certain amount of air pressure to function optimally. If the compressor's output is too low or if you are using multiple airbrushes with high air consumption, it may result in reduced performance or inadequate pressure for all the airbrushes.

Airline Splitter and Valves: To run multiple airbrushes off one compressor, you may need an air splitter or manifold that allows you to connect multiple airbrushes to a single air outlet on the compressor. Additionally, consider using individual air control valves for each airbrush to regulate the air pressure independently for better control and customization.

Q: Why haven't I received a response from NEOECO when I sent a message through the "Contact Us" page or via email?

We make it a priority to respond to all customer emails. However, please keep in mind that due to time zone differences, we might not be able to respond immediately. Typically, our response time falls within a 24-hour window. If you haven't received a response within this timeframe, it could be due to issues such as undelivered emails or incorrect/incomplete email information provided. In such cases, we kindly ask you to resend your email using a different, functional email address. Thank you for your understanding.

Q: What makes NEOECO airbrushes different?

A: Customer service and customer-focused product development concept. 

Customer Service: NEOECO places a strong emphasis on providing exceptional customer service. They prioritize responsiveness, ensuring that customer inquiries, concerns, and support requests are addressed promptly and satisfactorily. Their dedicated customer service team is knowledgeable about their products and strives to assist customers in a friendly and helpful manner.

Customer-Focused Product Development: NEOECO takes a customer-centric approach to developing their airbrush products. They actively seek feedback from their customers, whether it's through surveys, online forums, or direct communication. This feedback helps NEOECO understand the needs and preferences of their customers, allowing them to design and improve their airbrushes accordingly. By involving customers in the development process, NEOECO aims to create products that align with their customers' requirements, resulting in higher satisfaction.

Continuous Improvement: NEOECO is committed to continuously improving their products and services. They actively listen to customer feedback and use it as a valuable resource for enhancing their airbrushes. Whether it's addressing performance issues, incorporating new features, or refining ergonomics, NEOECO constantly strives to evolve their products to meet the changing needs of their customers. This commitment to improvement demonstrates their dedication to delivering high-quality airbrushes that exceed customer expectations.

Learn more at about us page.

Q: What is a head system?

A: An airbrush head system refers to the combination of components within an airbrush that controls the paint flow and atomization. It consists of several key elements that work together to deliver a fine and precise spray pattern. The main components of an airbrush head system include:

● Nozzle

● Needle

● Nozzle Cap

● Needle Cap 

The combination and interaction of these components in the airbrush head system determine the paint flow, spray pattern, and overall performance of the airbrush. Different airbrush models and brands may have variations in the design and features of their head systems, but the fundamental purpose remains the same—to provide control and precision in the application of paint or other media.

Q: Why are there different size head systems (tips/cones/nozzles and needles) on airbrushes?

A: Airbrushes are available with different size head systems, including tips, cones, nozzles, and needles, to provide versatility and accommodate various painting techniques and applications. Here are the reasons for having different sizes:

Spray Pattern Control: The size of the head system directly influences the width and shape of the spray pattern produced by the airbrush. Smaller-sized tips and nozzles tend to create narrower, finer spray patterns, suitable for detailed work, intricate lines, and small areas. Larger-sized tips and nozzles generate broader spray patterns, making them ideal for covering larger areas or achieving a more diffuse paint application.

Paint Viscosity and Flow Rate: Different types of paints or media have varying viscosities (thickness) and flow properties. A larger-sized head system can accommodate thicker paints or media with higher flow rates, ensuring a smooth and consistent paint flow. Conversely, finer tip sizes are better suited for thinner paints or media with lower flow rates, preventing excessive paint application.

Technique and Application: Artists and airbrush users employ different techniques and styles based on their preferences and the desired outcome. For instance, fine art painters might require fine lines and subtle shading, necessitating smaller tip sizes. On the other hand, automotive painters might require larger tip sizes for faster coverage and blending. Different tip sizes allow artists to adapt their airbrushing technique to achieve the desired effects.

Surface and Project Size: The size of the surface or project being painted also influences the choice of head system size. A larger tip size can cover larger areas more efficiently, reducing painting time. Conversely, smaller tip sizes are advantageous for intricate details or when working on small-scale projects.

It's important to note that the choice of head system size is not limited to just the nozzle or tip size but also involves selecting an appropriate needle size and air cap configuration. The combination of these components determines the overall performance and capabilities of the airbrush, providing users with flexibility and the ability to tailor their airbrushing process to their specific needs and preferences.

Q: Needles, Nozzles and Caps all look alike. Are these parts interchangeable?

A: While needles, nozzles, and caps may have similar appearances, they are not universally interchangeable among different airbrush models. 

We've added a section “Accompanying products” after every airbrush product page, so you can easily find the correct nozzle, needle and many other accessories suited for this product.

Q: What parts of my airbrush should I expect to replace?

A: While the specific parts that may need replacement can vary depending on the model, and usage of your airbrush, here are some common components that you might expect to replace over time:

Needles: Airbrush needles are delicate and can be subject to wear or damage, especially if mishandled or not cleaned properly. If a needle becomes bent, chipped, or worn out, it may need to be replaced to ensure optimal performance and paint flow.

Nozzles/Tips: Nozzles, also known as tips or cones, can become clogged, damaged, or worn down with use. If cleaning or maintenance efforts fail to restore their functionality, you might need to replace the nozzle to ensure a consistent and precise spray pattern.

Seals/O-Rings: Airbrushes use seals or O-rings to prevent air or paint leakage at various connection points, such as where the nozzle attaches to the airbrush body. Over time, these seals can wear out or become brittle, leading to air or paint leaks. Replacing worn-out seals is important to maintain proper airflow and prevent unwanted paint splatters.

Air Caps: Air caps, which shape and control the airflow, can become clogged with dried paint or suffer from wear and tear. If cleaning efforts do not restore their functionality or if they become damaged, you may need to replace the air cap for optimal spray performance.

Trigger/Valve Components: The trigger and valve mechanism of an airbrush can experience wear, particularly with heavy use. If you notice issues with trigger responsiveness, air or paint flow control, or inconsistent spraying, it may be necessary to replace worn or damaged trigger or valve components.

Hoses and Connectors: The air hose and connectors that link the airbrush to the air source can deteriorate or develop leaks over time. If you notice air leakage, reduced airflow, or damaged connectors, you may need to replace the hose or connectors to ensure a proper seal and uninterrupted airflow.

It's worth noting that the lifespan of these components can vary depending on factors such as usage frequency, maintenance practices, and the quality of the airbrush. Regular cleaning, proper storage, and following our guidelines for maintenance can help extend the lifespan of these parts.

Q: Can I convert my airbrush to a different size? What parts of the head system do I need to change?

A: Yes. Many of our airbrushes support using different size of head systems. We wrote the size they can use in the product “SPECIFICATIONS” section, and you can find the cooperating nozzle needle set in the “Accompanying products” section. When you change the head systems, please make sure you change both the nozzle, needle and nozzle cap into the same size.

Q: What is the optimal working pressure (PSI) for my airbrush?

A: The optimal working pressure for an airbrush can vary depending on several factors, including the specific airbrush model, the type of paint or medium being used, and the desired application technique. However, a common range for airbrushing is typically between 15 to 30 pounds per square inch (psi).

As a starting point, you can set your airbrush's working pressure to around 20 psi and make adjustments from there based on your specific needs. Some artists prefer lower pressures for finer details and smoother gradients, while higher pressures can be used for quicker coverage and heavier applications.

Q: Do I need a special compressor for my airbrush?

A: Yes, you will need a special compressor for your airbrush. Airbrushes require a compressor that is specifically designed for airbrushing purposes. Regular compressors used for other applications may not provide the precise control and consistent airflow necessary for airbrushing.

A specialized airbrush compressor typically has the following features:

Low air pressure: Airbrushing requires low air pressure, typically ranging from 10 to 30 pounds per square inch (psi). Specialized airbrush compressors are capable of delivering a steady stream of air at these low pressures.

Adjustable pressure control: Airbrush compressors often have adjustable pressure settings, allowing you to fine-tune the airflow to suit your specific painting needs. This control is essential for achieving different effects and maintaining consistency.

Quiet operation: Many specialized airbrush compressors are designed to operate quietly, reducing noise levels while you work.

Compact and portable: Airbrush compressors are usually compact and lightweight, making them easy to transport and store. This portability is beneficial if you plan to take your airbrushing equipment to different locations.

NEOECO offers a range of compressor models that are well-suited for airbrushing. These compressors are designed to provide adjustable pressure within the ideal range of 10-30 psi, which is suitable for most airbrush work. However, in cases where you need to spray highly viscous liquids or if you are using an airbrush with a nozzle diameter larger than 0.6mm, it is recommended to use a different air pump that can deliver higher pressure. This ensures optimal performance and allows for efficient application of thicker paints or when using airbrushes with specific requirements.

Q: How can I get my airbrush to spray a thinner line?

A: To achieve a thinner line with your airbrush, you can try the following techniques and adjustments:

  1. Decrease the air pressure: Lowering the air pressure will result in a narrower spray pattern and finer lines. Adjust the air pressure on your compressor or airbrush regulator to a lower setting within the recommended range for your specific airbrush.
  2. Use a smaller nozzle and needle: Airbrushes typically come with interchangeable nozzles and needles of different sizes. Switching to a smaller nozzle and needle combination will allow for finer control and thinner lines. Keep in mind that smaller nozzles may require more frequent cleaning and maintenance.
  3. Adjust the paint consistency: Thinning the paint to the appropriate consistency can help achieve finer lines. Different paints may require different levels of thinning. Add a small amount of airbrush thinner or appropriate medium to the paint and mix it thoroughly until you achieve a smooth and flowing consistency. Test the paint flow on a scrap surface to ensure it sprays smoothly.
  4. Control the distance and angle: The distance between the airbrush and the surface, as well as the angle of the airbrush, can affect line thickness. For thinner lines, move the airbrush closer to the surface and maintain a perpendicular angle. Experiment with different distances and angles to find the desired line thickness.
  5. Practice control and technique: Achieving fine lines with an airbrush requires practice and control. Practice your hand movements, maintaining steady and even strokes. Experiment with different trigger or button control techniques to achieve the level of control needed for thinner lines.

Remember to test and adjust these techniques on a scrap surface or practice sheet before working on your final project. Fine-tuning your airbrushing skills takes time and practice, so be patient and persistent in your efforts.

Q: What is meant by dual action and single action?

A: Dual action and single action refer to the two main types of airbrushes based on their trigger mechanism:

  1. Single Action Airbrush: In a single action airbrush, pressing the trigger controls both the airflow and the paint flow simultaneously. When the trigger is pressed, it opens a valve that allows compressed air to flow through the airbrush, and the paint is automatically drawn into the airstream and sprayed. The amount of paint flow is predetermined and cannot be adjusted while spraying. To control the paint flow, you need to adjust the paint volume or consistency beforehand.
  2. Dual Action Airbrush: Dual action airbrushes offer more control over the airflow and paint flow separately. The trigger on a dual action airbrush has two functions: pressing down controls the airflow, and pulling back controls the paint flow. By pressing the trigger, you can control the amount of air coming out of the airbrush. By pulling back the trigger, you can adjust the paint flow, allowing you to create different line thicknesses and control the intensity of the paint application in real-time. This dual control allows for more precise and versatile airbrushing techniques.

Dual action airbrushes are generally preferred by artists and enthusiasts who require greater control over their airbrushing work, as they offer more flexibility and the ability to create fine details, gradients, and various paint effects. Single action airbrushes, on the other hand, are often used for simpler applications or when a consistent and predetermined paint flow is sufficient.

Q: Is an airbrush hard to keep clean?

A: Keeping an airbrush clean is an important aspect of airbrush maintenance, but it doesn't have to be overly difficult. While the process may seem intricate at first, with practice and following some basic steps, you can keep your airbrush clean and in good working condition. Here are some guidelines to help you with airbrush cleaning:

  1. Regular cleaning: It's recommended to clean your airbrush thoroughly after each use to prevent paint buildup and clogging. This involves disassembling the airbrush and cleaning each individual component.
  2. Disassembly: Follow our cleaning instructions to disassemble your airbrush properly. Remove the nozzle, needle, and other removable parts according to the specific design of your airbrush.
  3. Cleaning solutions: Use an appropriate cleaning solution for your airbrush. Water or airbrush cleaning solutions are commonly used for water-based paints, while specialized solvents may be required for solvent-based paints. Avoid using harsh chemicals that could damage the airbrush.
  4. Soaking and flushing: Soak the disassembled parts in the cleaning solution for a recommended amount of time. This helps loosen any dried or stubborn paint. After soaking, use a cleaning brush to gently scrub the parts, removing any remaining paint particles. Rinse the components thoroughly with clean water or the appropriate solvent to flush out any residue.
  5. Needle and nozzle care: Take extra care when cleaning the needle and nozzle, as they are delicate components. Use a soft cloth or a cleaning brush to remove any paint buildup or residue. Avoid using excessive force that could damage the needle or nozzle.
  6. Reassembly and lubrication: Once the parts are clean and dry, reassemble the airbrush carefully, ensuring that each component fits properly. Apply a small amount of airbrush lubricant or recommended lubricant to moving parts, such as the trigger mechanism, to maintain smooth operation.
  7. Regular maintenance: In addition to regular cleaning, it's important to perform routine maintenance tasks such as checking for loose parts, cleaning the airbrush cup, and inspecting seals and O-rings for wear or damage.

By following these steps and establishing a regular cleaning routine, you can keep your airbrush clean and in optimal working condition. It may take a bit of practice initially, but with time, it will become a familiar and manageable process.

Q: Does NEOECO offer airbrush kits?

A: NEOECO providing airbrush kits that contain all the necessary components for beginners is indeed convenient. Having a comprehensive kit with the airbrush, compressor, hose, moisture traps, and other essential accessories ensures that beginners have everything they need to get started with airbrushing right away.

By purchasing an airbrush kit, beginners can avoid the hassle of individually selecting and sourcing each component separately. It saves time and ensures compatibility between different parts of the setup. Additionally, having all the necessary equipment from a single brand like NEOECO can provide a seamless and cohesive experience.

Q: What is the best airbrush for airbrush makeup and tanning?

A: When considering the best airbrush for airbrush makeup and tanning, it ultimately boils down to the type of line you aim to achieve—whether it's a very fine line, a standard line, or a more uniform atomization effect. Luckily, NEOECO offers airbrush sets that conveniently include replacement nozzles in sizes like 0.2mm, 0.3mm, and 0.5mm. By swapping these nozzles, you can achieve varying levels of linearity and atomization to suit your specific preferences.

To find the perfect product that aligns with your requirements, we recommend referring to the document titled "Find the best product for you" This resource will provide comprehensive information and guidance to help you make an informed decision about the most suitable airbrush set for your airbrush makeup and tanning needs.

Q: I want to be able to airbrush fingernails, what type of airbrush do I need?

A: When it comes to airbrushing fingernails, you will need a specific type of airbrush that is designed for fine detail work and precise control. We recommand this model:

NCT-136: Specifically designed for nail art, it features a small cup on top to hold the paint, providing improved control and convenient access to different colors. With this airbrush, you have greater control over both the air and paint flow, enabling precise adjustments to the spray pattern and line thickness. This level of control is essential for creating intricate and detailed nail art designs.

Q: How can I learn to airbrush?

A:  In this era of information explosion, we have easy access to a wealth of airbrushing tutorials available on the internet. One of the most popular platforms for learning is YouTube, where you can find a vast array of instructional videos and demonstrations. Additionally, NEOECO understands the importance of knowledge and information and continuously updates our Airbrush Resource Center. Make sure to keep an eye on this valuable resource, as it provides a wealth of information and updates to support your airbrushing journey.

Q: Is it hard to learn to airbrush?

A: Learning to airbrush can be challenging initially, but with dedication, practice, and the right resources, it becomes an attainable skill. Here are some key considerations:

  1. Technique Development: Mastering airbrushing techniques requires time and practice. Learning how to control the airbrush, adjust pressure, and create different effects takes patience and experimentation. Starting with basic exercises and gradually progressing to more complex techniques helps build your skill set.
  2. Understanding Equipment: Familiarizing yourself with the airbrush and its components is essential. Learn about its functionality, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Understanding how to clean and assemble the airbrush properly ensures optimal performance and longevity.
  3. Paint and Air Pressure Management: Achieving the right consistency of paint and appropriate air pressure are crucial for successful airbrushing. Experimenting with different paint brands, thinning ratios, and air pressures helps you understand how they affect the application and allows you to achieve the desired results.
  4. Persistence and Practice: Airbrushing is a skill that improves with practice. Regularly dedicating time to practice and experimenting with different techniques and subjects will contribute to your progress. Embrace the learning curve and be patient with yourself as you develop your skills.
  5. Learning Resources: Take advantage of the abundance of learning resources available. Online tutorials, books, workshops, and forums provide valuable guidance and insights from experienced artists. Engaging with the airbrushing community allows you to learn from others, seek feedback, and gain inspiration.

While learning to airbrush may have its challenges, it is certainly achievable with perseverance and a passion for the craft. Stay dedicated, embrace the learning process, and keep practicing to refine your skills and develop your own unique style.

Q: The inside of my fluid cup looks a little discolored. Is this normal?

A: The discoloration inside the fluid cup of your airbrush is a common occurrence and is generally considered normal. Over time, the pigments from the paint or other substances you use can stain the cup's surface, resulting in a discolored appearance. This is particularly common when working with opaque or heavily pigmented paints.

To minimize discoloration, it's important to clean your airbrush thoroughly after each use. Using appropriate cleaning solutions or solvents specifically designed for airbrush cleaning can help remove stubborn stains.

However, it's worth noting that even with regular cleaning, some discoloration may persist. This should not affect the airbrush's performance as long as the cup and other parts are clean and free from any blockages. If you experience any issues with paint flow or clogging, it's recommended to clean the airbrush more thoroughly or consult us for guidance.

Remember to always prioritize proper maintenance and cleaning practices to keep your airbrush in optimal condition and ensure consistent performance. What’s most important to know is that these changes have no impact on the performance of your airbrush.