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So, I finally took the plunge and bought an Airbrush/compressor a bit ago. I've wanted one for the ability to do better transistions, and the espoused greater ease of transparency control for a while, and I hope to be able to gain finer control over it than with a paintbrush. (I also plan to use it for larger scale painting, but that is probably a bit later in the game.) I got this model: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006FQCBZK/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 because it was cheap and seemed like it would be a decent one to learn with. However, the documentation it came with left a bit to be desired in regard to several aspects, and I am at a loss as to how to proceed. I know I need The following: Some sort of cleaner/cleaning kit New Paints and/or thinner Ventilation a mask The problem is that I don't necessarily know which is the best value for my money with each of these. Keeping in mind that money is an object, and probably the most important one, I could use some advice on which to get/make, and how to do it. Paint: I would like something that will work well with waterbased paints, as I mostly have reaper/citadel paints, and would like to be able to mix hand and air painting. At minimum, I need a relatively cheap basic set:Red, Green, Black, Blue, Yellow WHite, purple, orange, and prime. WHat is going to give me the best value for my money? Also, can I use a thinner with the water-based paints I have, or should I keep them away from the airbrush? I know that water is the enemy.... With the previous in mind, what type of cleaner should I get? The set I got recommended putting cleaner through before I did anything else to remove any loose manufacturing bits, and to practice control. But without knowing what type of paint, I'm not sure what type of cleaner I should get. or will general airbrush cleaner work for everything? I generally work in an area with fairly poor venitllation. I have heard of cheap to build/procure vent boxes that would work, but I'm not sure where to find them... and as for a mask, Will the cheap masks like this work, or do I need something a bit more heavy duty? Also, I wear glasses. Should I get some sort of safety goggles? Am I missing anything else I should have? Also, can you point me towards any good tutorials/books? I know there was thread with a bunch of these, but I can't seem to find it... Thanks!