Monday, September 23, 2013

Looking for an Airbrush Compressor, what to look for?

Hi Everyone,

I'm looking to get an airbrush compressor around christmas time or so.

I have a nice Iwata airbrush already, and will be using canned propellent in the meantime.

I see the "cheap" ones on amazon, and the more expensive ones in the shops and I'm not sure if it's worthwhile to save a buck, or just spend the extra $40 (or whatever) and get one that will last.

Do you fine folks have any suggestions?  Small and quiet would be pluses.

Thanks!

8 comments:

  1. I was looking for one before, but have put off the purchase somewhat indefinitely. I tried using a shop one, but had huge problems with proper pressure control.....which makes getting good results impossible from what I can tell in my (limited and irritated) experimentation.

    I had my eye on this one as one that had gotten good reviews....but is pricey. http://www.amazon.com/Iwata-Medea-Studio-Series-Single-Compressor/dp/B000PIJZJY/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1379959052&sr=8-8&keywords=iwata+compressor

    This compressor caught my eye as well, but I've read less reviews on it. The price is substantially better however....

    http://www.amazon.com/Grex-AC1810-A-Portable-Piston-Compressor/dp/B002XQ2K6Q
    (And a review: http://www.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=5168)

    Again, I have used and seen neither, so my recommendations shouldn't carry too much weight. Might be a good place to look for more feedback though.

    Dave

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  2. Go for the more expensive one generally. I will not name brands but cheap ones never work properly. We have gone through a few and learned this! Also the small compressors are quite quiet about 30db which is tv background noise.

    GBS

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    1. That is something I was considering too...

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  3. Try this website:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools.html?CatPath=All%2BProducts%252F%252F%252F%252FAir%2BTools%2F%2F%2F%2FAir+Compressors&RequestData=CA_CategoryExpand

    I have one of their 100 psi , 3 gal compressors. Works fine for me. I also use it for spraying cabinets etc.

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  4. Ive owned Two cheapies of ebay now, one with and one without a tank. Both have been perfect. I find you can cheap on a compressor but never on the airbrush itself.

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  5. Go for oil less and with a tank. I got this one - Its very good.

    AB-AS186 Mini Piston type "0n-demand" compressor with receiver for Airbrushing Ref: AB-AS-186

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  6. Check out my tutorial on airbrushing go to my blog http://thirdfatecreations.blogspot.com , then tutorials on the right to get there. It discusses air compressors a bit. If your looking for a hobby compresor a eurotec 10A is about the quietest it gets. It needs a tank, but you can add that. Silentair is more expensive (and I suspect the same thing) but they typically have tanks. My eurotec 10A has lasted me 5-6 years now of hard use. Note put a fan on it to prevent overheating. I mounted two computer case fans onto it with zipties. I have a single breaker to turn it all on. I should post pictures at some point... hrm...

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