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so I know this isn't specifically truck related, but I build trucks so its close enough. I want to venture into buying an airbrush and compressor, you know, the works. anyways I will most likely be buying from hobby lobby because it will be the best and cheapest source for me. my local hobby lobby carries paasche, iwata, and sparmax, so what I want to know is if any of you guys use any of these or have used them and what you think of them, etc....etc...

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I have been using paasche VL duel action for years love my air brush.use to have a Paasche compressor but it gave up on me,now I'm using a compressor with a storage tank and regulator all in one ,bite more noisier but works Awesome.

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if your just starting out and don't want to go into debt try a Harbor Freight air brush

http://www.harborfreight.com/airbrush-kit-47791.html

I'll probably get flack for suggesting this as they are chinese importers, but just look at where your latest model kit comes from

I have a large compressor in my garage and piped air into my basement by PVC pipe, just keep pressure low

greg

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Greg, what HF compressor would you pair with that? I'm teetering on the airbrush realm and don't want to go broke but do want to start somewhere and see how it goes. I've got a small 3/4hp but don't know if it's the right type of compressor for airbrushing?

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As long as you can control the psi and what noise and space allowances you have,

Looks like a Binks clone is this one

http://www.harborfreight.com/16-horsepower-58-psi-oilless-airbrush-compressor-69433-9084.html

I have other uses for my compressor so I have this one

http://www.harborfreight.com/8-gal-2-hp-125-psi-oil-lube-air-compressor-69667.html

greg

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Thanks Greg.

Don't compressors for airbrushes have to eliminate water/condensation? Mine produces SOME water out of the nozzle - perhaps the airbrush filters this or an inline filter... I'll start searching the boards for an airbrush for beginners thread in a moment. Meantime, this is the compressor I currently have. It's an older Craftsman 3/4 HP. Anyone have any idea if this compressor would work??? If so, I'm heading to HF and trying my hand at airbrushing asap. I'm not bad at the rattle-can so have been anxious to see what I can do with an airbrush given some time and practice:

Current specs:

  • 3/4 HP
  • 2.7 SCFM at 40 PSI
  • 2.0 SCFM at 90 PSI
  • Model 919-150270
  • Max 100 PSI
  • 10.6 Amps
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Don't worry, Greg....I was about to suggest the Harbor Freight air brush set, as well.....They do have a small air compressor in there, as well....You can't beat the price, ANYWHERE!!!!! If you get on their e-mail or just look in the mail box for those value pack coupon things, you can get a 20% off coupon, as well.....And then, not even with a HL 40% off can beat it.......

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Anthony, compressor 101. The only reason that an airbrush compressor does not have many issues with water is the storage tank. A compressor produces heat as it fills the tank, that meets the cooler air of the room around it, developing condensation. Hence, water build-up. If you want the guarantee of steady pressure by using a larger compressor regulated down for airbrush use, you can get water separators and dryers to keep the water out of the system. Another trick is to run hard line piping before you connect your hoses and place a "T" in line with a pretty good drop down and a bleed valve at the bottom. The water will normally drop down the first opening it finds and a good habit would be to crack that lower valve before every use. Also, elbow up for the final hose connection. When the system sits idle, it is very difficult for the water to even reach the hoses. So, across and up, with a "T" dropping down along the way, with an easy levered ball valve works best.

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Here's the HF airbrush I use quite often. It comes with five cups for quick and easy color change. I've been pleased with it so far. Here's a 25% off coupon

good until Sept. 13 :D

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Thanks for all of the info guys. I'm considering trying the HF initially so I don't tie up a lot in it and can get the feel for it. I've been searching and reading the airbrush threads to learn as much as I can, but it's a whole new world and new set of concepts to catch on to. I'm looking forward to it though, I think I'm going to like airbrushing.

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The harbor freight brush even comes with the fitting too hook it up to one of the testors compressed air cans doesnt it ?

Yes it does

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