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Single-Action or Double-Action Airbrush?

Hi ladies,


I'm about to do a little investment for my simple hobby: the airbrush!!! I'm kind of obsessing over it in this period... so since my birthday is coming, I'm making myself a present!


A did a lot of reading and studying about it and the main difference in model is between single-action and double-action; I think it means that in the first you just pull the trigger in order to spray color and in the second you have to push to spray and pull to choose the amount the color that comes out. 

Please correct me if I'm wrong... 


My question is this: is your airbrush single- or double-action? Which one you think is best? (EDITOR'S NOTE: PLEASE ANSWER THE POLL BELOW AND ELABORATE IN THE COMMENTS.) Please note, that my cookies are just for personal pleasure and I want something not noisy....


I found the Dinkydoodle airbrush (which I think is a single action) at the same price of an Italian brand one (Martellato) which is a double action... So I'm a bit confused... 


Is there someone who can enlighten me??? Thanks for your help.




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Yes, basically with single-action guns, there is always continuous air flow out of the gun; with dual-action, you must depress the trigger to get the air flow going and then pull back to release the amount of coloring you want. In my opinion, dual-action (and I've tested tons of guns) are better for a couple of reasons - first, if a single-action gun clogs (which isn't uncommon), the valve on the gun can be clogged in an open position. With the air flow always going, this means that color is also continually spraying, which can lead to mishaps until you clean the gun. (I speak from experience on those mishaps! ) Second, most dual-action guns are less trigger-happy, by which I mean you have finer control over the release of the coloring. Some people say the learning curve on dual-action guns is higher, but I also disagree with that - if you have the right dual-action gun, the difference in the trigger motion is hardly perceptible. You'll figure it out and get used to it in a use or two.

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