Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

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    Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    Does anyone have any experience with this blue mini compressor from testors? http://testors.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=1640

    Just trying to decide wich one to put on my christmas list

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    Never used it but that little guy can give out 40psi out and it's quiet you have a pretty good gem there if you want to carry it around.

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    I bought one from Walmart. Just your standard air compressor. Though it is a bit noisy, I can also use it to run my nail gun, air up tires etc. And I paid the same price as that one.

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    I have a mini airbrush compressor that looks to be heavy duty & I have to agree with Pavespawn, you're better off buying a regular compressor. A larger compressor will deliver a steady air pressure without the pulsing that is common with inexpensive airbrush comressors. You can also outfit it with a water trap.

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    To BKBT you listen! Yes, yes, water trap. Hmmm... powerful ally it can be. Powerful ally indeed!

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    Pavespawn said:
    To BKBT you listen! Yes, yes, water trap. Hmmm... powerful ally it can be. Powerful ally indeed!
    LOL, you guys

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    Thanks for the advice guys. I'll stop by some local retailers and see what's available. I suppose it would be nice to have a compressor I can use for more than just airbrushing. Just gotta make sure it fit's into the little lady's gift budget

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    Walmart has one for $99.99 right now. At least here they do. They also had one for like $70 with a smaller tank. (Get the biggest tank you can afford, trust me.)

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    I'll check it out here. Even tho I hate going into walmart..something fett related keeps making me go back..

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    I have that same compressor and its crap. once you start to draw air from it, you probably end up with a psi of around 15. I now use my regular air compressor, like everyone will say it will give you the steady controlled air pressure you need.
    digital509 said:
    Does anyone have any experience with this blue mini compressor from testors? http://testors.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=1640

    Just trying to decide wich one to put on my christmas list

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    Are you sure MS? I mean, do you really have any experience with airbrushing?... hahaha just kiddin. i'm sure the look on your face right then was priceless. anyway.. I'll be sure to advise my other half not to order it for me, even tho I already showed her. Tomorow might be a good day to take her compressor shoppin. again thanks for the great advice. that's why this place is my new favorite place.

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    digital509 said:
    Are you sure MS? I mean, do you really have any experience with airbrushing?... hahaha just kiddin. i'm sure the look on your face right then was priceless.
    Oh mama! you had my bloodpressure on the rise for 2 seconds there! lol!

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    I just use the cans...

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    Zeever Fett said:
    I just use the cans...
    I used to use canned air. In fact most of my armor was painted with a walmart cheapo dual action and canned air. That being said, I will NEVER use canned air again. A good compressor is SOOOOOO worth it.

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    This is what I have, it's quiet, and works really well.

    I even use it for teaching my Maskmaking classes:



    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92403

    For[font=arial, sans-serif] [/font][font=arial, sans-serif]$59.99 it's worth it!!
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    That looks pretty nice Propsculptor. Do you have any problems with the air 'pulsing'?

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    I bought that Testors little blue air compressor. It works great for me. I dont find that I need more power or flexability then it offers and its quiet. I may upgrade someday but its a big step up from the cans of compressed air, plus I got it using a Hobby Lobby cupon so it was 40% off. It gives good steady air flow for painting helmets and armor and that is all I use it for. I think its a good starter if you can find it on sale. But for the same price you can get a better one if its not discounted.

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    Hi everyone, new guy here with a question. I'll be getting a Don Post 95 helmet and a Rubies Jango soon and just wanted to know about air compressors. I have never done any airbrush painting before so this is all completely new to me. I do have a mini 12V compressor 250PSI that supposedly ideal for roaside emergencies and tire pressure maintenance. Also has an adaptor "for inflating bycycle tires and soccer balls...etc". Can I use this thing for airbrushing or is it better to get one that specifically is for that activity?

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    Re: Is this a decent starter airbrush compressor?

    The same Compressor is now only [FONT=arial, sans-serif]$49.99![/FONT]

    propsculptor said:
    This is what I have, it's quiet, and works really well.

    I even use it for teaching my Maskmaking classes:



    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92403

    For[FONT=arial, sans-serif]$59.99 it's worth it!!
    [/FONT]

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