My mancave is pretty basic and not including a vented paint booth, sooooo safety is a consideration for me and the grandkids. Water based paints sound like the safest.Welcome to the forum!
Your off to a good start, your asking questions. I have some Vallejo Model Air paint, water clean up, and some Tamiya paint, Isopropyl Alcohol clean up, & Tru-Color paint, Acetone clean up. What kind of solvent do you want to deal with? I prefer the Vallejo because it is water based, comes in enough colors to suit my needs and the bottles are plastic so you can dispense paint one drop at a time. (Important when mixing colors)
On craft paints like AppleBarrel, the paint pigment isn't ground very fine, which is what you need for air brushing. For me, the little bit of airbrushing I've done, I look at coverage, color selection, clean up in choosing a paint.
Indeed, experiment! That's one of the ways I've approached model railroading. There are a lot of different facets to it, and this "sport" , can get expensive! Research can help tremendously. Take your time, don't get in a hurry. See what works best for you and your situation. When I picked up an airbrush, I had never used one before, that's what the professionals use I thought! It was intimating! I also got a "Air Brushing for Beginners" book., dove into it, and now airbrushing a new paint job on a car is something I look forward to and really enjoy.Start slow and simple and work your way up.
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