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I'm getting a vented paint booth for my indoor workshop. Because of the noise and cost factor, I've ruled out using an air compressor indoors and want to use an air tank that I can fill with my garage compressor. I was considering a 7 gallon tank that I can get at Wal-Mart. I know I need a regulator, pressure gauge, and a water trap.

What do you recommend and how do you hook this up to the tank? Show me pics of your setup and how it works. And thanks in advance for your help.

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7-gallon Campbell-Hausfeld tank, water trap and Speed-Aire regulator. I got the regulator and oil filled guage from my old job's scrap pile.


I don't use the tank much anymore but if necessary I just transfer the whole set-up back and forth between the two. Hope this helps.

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Here's my setup. Eleven years and counting. The moisture trap is at the outlet of the big noisy compressor. I fill up this tank to 100 psi and set the regulator to about 20. That gives me about a week of night painting.

Nothing fancy here: A 7 gallon tank, some quick connect hardware, a pressure regulator and the adapter for the airbrush hose.

The quick connect allows me to remove the regulator with the hose and use it to fill up quickly, or to use it to inflate car tires, or whatever.


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Marc and others who inquired:

Here are a bit more details about the simple yet very effective setup:

The airbrush hose is permanently attached to the pressure regulator, but the regulator has a quick connect for easy removal/re-attachment


I can use that quick connect port to fill up the tank from my compressor. I usually fill it up to 90-100 psi


If you don't have a compressor, or you are out of reach of one, you can fill it up in a gas station like any other tire.

WORD OF CAUTION: If you do this, then you'll most likely need a moisture trap at the outlet of the tank.


Since this is very portable, I can also use it to fill up car tires if needed. Or to power any air tool for that matter.


There you have it. This is very simple yet very useful. I've been using it for over 12 years now. You don't see the moisture trap here because I have it in the compressor.

Looking at the pictures I realize I need to wash that tank :(

Hope this helps.

Best Regards,

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