Decent airbrush compressor?

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    Decent airbrush compressor?

    Trying to move away from rattle cans and would like to start using one of my airbrushes instead. Thing is I HATE the compressed air cans - too inconsistent, not too mention the cost really starts to add up with those things.

    Anyway, I would like to get a small compressor, but one that does not have to run constantly to keep the tank full. Anybody found something that they like at a reasonable price?

    Jon

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    Jon,

    I use this one:

    http://www.amazon.com/Campbell-Hausf...5924022&sr=1-9

    Used to be carried at Wally World for about $50, but I don't see it on their site anymore so they may no longer be in stores either. You'd need to buy a $5-10 pressure regulator at Home Depot to reduce the PSI to the airbrush.

    Loud while it's filling and when it kicks in, but it has a tank so it's not always on.

    Good luck!
    C

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    Thx bud, I'll look for one of those. May opt for the 2g tank so it's not pumping too much when I am spraying, though it's about twice the cost...

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    If you have a target near by try there too the compressors there usually are on sale and are pretty good

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    if you have a checkers auto parts near you they got some small compressors as well.. also might take a look at harborfreight they have good deals once in awhile...

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    The revell masterclass compressors are good, never been let down by mine not the smallest compressor available but not overly large.

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    Alas, at first glance it looks like the Revell ones are only available in Europe. And WOW, the one I found was like $400!!

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    I'm in the same boat as you bubba. I would love to start using the actual correct colors for my stuff and someone close to me has an airbrush but no compressor. Madmartigan, the pressure regulator you said from home depot. Is it a common thing? And how much PSI should it regulate to?

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    Yeah, you'll find the regulators with their air compressors and air tools. Lowes probably has them, too. Get something that can handle the max pressure of your tank. Then I tend to use my thinned acrylics at about 20-30 PSI. Others may have different preferences and it depends on the paint viscocity really.

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    I'm in the same boat as you bubba. I would love to start using the actual correct colors for my stuff and someone close to me has an airbrush but no compressor. Madmartigan, the pressure regulator you said from home depot. Is it a common thing? And how much PSI should it regulate to?

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    My advice would be to get the “real” compressor, not one of these little shoe-box-size purpose built airbrush compressors. When I say “real” I mean something like this….



    I think that's one of the 4gal Craftsman, but there are several brands that would be suitable. But if you get one like this you can use it for all sorts of things... the compressor I use to run my airbrush is a 20gal Huskey and it works great. The problem with the wee little airbrush compressors is they have little to no tank, every time the pressure builds up, you can run the brush for 3-40 sec and you will have a drop of pressure and the motor kicks on, which will never keep up.

    Just my $.02

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    Hey Jon, thanks - that's what I had heard about some of the really small ones with the 1gal tanks, but was not sure how long you could go before the pump kicked in again. I want to be able to spray for a good 30 to 45 seconds at a shot.

    Be great if the rig was large enough to handle a professional paint sprayer, but flexible enough that I could use it for airbrushing as well.

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    i've got a 6 gallon porter cable compressor from home depot. it will run an airbrush for a couple of minutes at 25 - 30 psi on the tank. mine came in a set with 3 different nail guns for around $300, so a compressor like that on its own shouldn't cost much at all.

    it's got a pressure regulator built in. you may want to get a moisture trap, depending on the humidity in your area. i've never used one, but my compressor is also sitting a few feet from a big dehumidifier that runs 24x7, so that's gotta help

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    Not much humidity here, well maybe last week when it rained

    Hmm, nailgun huh? That could really help with getting the kids to do their homework :roflol

    Thx bud!

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    Jon, try "House of Kolor" these little units pack one hell of a punch! cheap too.

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    Thx Ben, I'll have a look for sure.

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    I got one from here recently:

    https://www.bearair.com/products.asp?dept=1396

    Product #120305. I like it. It's small, quiet, and it puts out nice, consistent pressure.

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    Bubba Fett said: View Post
    Not much humidity here, well maybe last week when it rained

    Hmm, nailgun huh? That could really help with getting the kids to do their homework :roflol

    Thx bud!
    hahaha! yeah! nothing big... not a framing gun or anything. but it had a couple sizes of finish nailers which are really convenient to have when working on a home repair job.

    even more convenient is having a contractor father in law who gives it to you for free since he had too many of them taking up space in his garage!

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    I have a craftsmen like Saxecoberg posted and it works great.A little noisy when it kicks on though.

    Dave

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    dirty dave said: View Post
    I have a craftsmen like Saxecoberg posted and it works great.A little noisy when it kicks on though.

    Dave
    yeah, excellent point. the construction ones are a LOT noisier than the art ones. much cheaper, but louder.

    i've got a 50' air hose for mine, so that i can put it far, far away

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    Re: Decent airbrush compressor?

    A note of caution about using a full blown compressor. I actually popped the needle right through the front of the airbrush. Silly me, I didn't even use the regulator to adjust the pressure first. Good thing my kids weren't standing nearby.

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