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Air Brush Set: Brush, Compressor & Accessories

Discussion in 'Wanted' started by Bruce M, Apr 11, 2020.

  1. Bruce M

    Bruce M Member

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    Looking for a used, in good shape air brush and compressor setup...just getting started with it and seeing what is out there.
     
  2. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

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    Bruce you have to go to Harbor Freight Tools and get the 3 gal compressor for $39.95 and the airbrush for $19.99. You can do anything with this set up to start. A98CD973-4346-4656-9D10-229B2B58A970.jpeg
     

  3. FishArt

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    I started out on a cheap, oil less pancake compressor. It did everything I needed it to and I still have it to fill my tires in my Polaris - ha! Noisy as balls tho. Get a long hose and park that compressor in a closet or something to help with the noise. Much better than those tiny little electric compressors that aren't strong enough to hold your set PSI! Add an inline regulator and you're good to go!
     
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  4. Bruce M

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    Thanks guys!!! Much appreciated and less $$ than I was considering spending. I'll bet harbor freight is even considered essential!!
     
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  5. Bruce M

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    Thanks socialmm. Do you think they would still honor the. Coupon being it is expired?

    On another note, how did you see my post so fast to respond? Do all these posts show up in new posts? Thanks, I'm still getting used to the whole forum thing.
     
  6. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    That compressor goes on sale every couple of months. IThe regular price is $59.95 and there are 20% or 25% coupons all the time in every outdoor magazine. You can even go online and subscribe to their emails and get a coupon! I have had my compressor for about 5 years now and it is perfect for my airbrushes.
    My laptop is always on in my shop and I see a RED flag alert when someone responds to a post you have answered. I check it from time to time and can see new posts as well. Joe
     
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  7. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I just follow the "Fish" Section and the "Recent Posts" section and get email notifications for any of those topics that I'm following. PS Don't quote me but I'm pretty sure that airbrush performs similarly to the Paasche H series single action. The only airbrush I use. And a great single action beginners air brush. You'll get tons of different advice here but the key is to stick with whatever airbrush you buy and you'll eventually get it...
     
  8. jimss

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    I have the same Harbor Freight compressor and it works great! As noted, you need ear protection when in the same room! Depending upon your airbrush hose fittings you may need to buy the appropriate fittings to link to the compressor.
     
  9. jimss

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    I would highly recommend Badgers new Krome airbrush kit. I wouldn't skimp on an airbrush because it will make or break the quality of your work. You will also have a lot less problems, last longer, and be easier to clean. If you look around you can find a Krome kit for less than $100. Take a look at the reviews and you'll be impressed!
     
  10. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    Sorry, but I disagree respectfully. I have the Badger Krome , the Passche VL's 1 and 2 and the Harbor Freight $20 airbrush... I can make them all create magic for me. Other than a hairline or a dot that the Krome CAN do, an experienced airbrush artist will make ANY airbrush perform superbly! Buy one airbrush and MASTER it. airbrushes.jpg
     
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  11. Bruce M

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    Here's a dumb question for you...is an inline regulator necessary...the compressor has a pressure regulator has part of it...I'm new to ins and outs of air compressors. Thanks
     
  12. Fallenscale

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    You're a teacher you know there never a dumb question if asked to increase knowledge.

    I find it is . But I have just used the one on the compressor.
     
  13. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Not a dumb question at all. Yes, the regulator with the pancake compressor will do the job. However, that means it's right next to you and it will be very noisy. Also, you may want to add a moisture trap too. A necessity if you use Lacquer based paints and perhaps needed in high humidity areas with water based paints too. If you're going to add an inline moisture trap I think they sell a version with a regulator inline as well but don't quote me on that.
     
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  14. Bruce M

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    I purchased the pancake compressor yesterday and really like it. I hooked it all up with what I had on hand and without doing any actual painting it seemed like it will work. I think I'm going to go back today and get a water trap for the line. Do you guys couple a plastic air hose to your air brush air line or do you connect air brush line directly to the compressor? I'm thinking of connecting air brush line to plastic air line using quick couplers. Just wondering your thoughts on this.
     
  15. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Well-Known Member

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    Makes no difference what ever you find is easy for you
     
  16. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I have used both the braided hoses and the plastic, coiling type. I have the latter now and like the coil type slightly better as I don't seem to be moving it out of the way as much as I did with the braided hoses. I think you're going to possibly need an adapter from 1/2" to 1/4" from your compressor? I believe a 1/2" fitting is standard. Which depending on your airbrush type it may be a 3/8" or a 1/4" and could be a female or male attachment. That you're going to have to look closely and figure out if you haven't already.
     
  17. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    Where do you live? Do you have high humidity? Also, the compressed air will form moisture inside the tank, so you should drain your tank after use. I purchased a regulator/moisture trap to mount away from the compressor because it is noisy. Also, the regulator gauge included with the compressor has larger increments so it is difficult to read. My regulator/trap has 1lb. increments so I can fine tune the pressure. Remember, set your pressure higher at the gauge so when you depress the trigger the pressure will drop down to the DESIRED pressure at the airbrush!
    I live in Southern California (SoCal - that's why they call me the So Cal Mountain Man) and in Santa Barbar Co. we have no humidity problems and, honestly, I have never, ever had to drain my moister trap because it is always dry. But you do need to drain the tank and you will actually feel the moisture on your fingers.
    Because I may use multiple guns at once, I use quick disconnects on all my airbrushes. I did just purchase a block manifold for 4 lines but have not mounted yet. If you bought the Harbor Freight compressor you already have 1/4 NPT threads at the compressor. a1.jpg a2.jpg
     
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  18. Show & Tell

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    I have the same exact pancake air compressor in my shop. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. Is all it does is loudly run due to the small size. My main use is air brushing. The one we use it school is virtually silent. Just for airbrushing.
     
  19. Bruce M

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    So cal....I get it...thought it was social...I'm an idiote. Anyway, I am in central WI so yes, humidity is an issue during the warm months. I did pick up an inline desiccant water/oil trap...seems to be the ticket. I too went with the quick coupler but no multiple line block yet. I finished up a deer tonight and used the new paint setup. With the exception of needing to teflon tape the threads a bit better, it worked great. Good tip on the pressure set. I also learned that I had the pressure set too high for the fine work I was attempting in some spots...paint came out too forcefully. I need to master the brush, as you said in an earlier post. I have some fish coming up so that will be good practice. Also need to get some brushes for cleaning.
     
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  20. Bruce M

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    Are you a teacher too? Me too. And I work for WIDNR as a campground manager in the summer and we hear some uber LOUD generators so compared to those this thing is quiet. I was looking at a air brush set up by master on amazon that had an electric compressor but others here talked me into the pancake. It was cheaper with the coupon and I already had someone give me a paasche airbrush on semi permanent loan so I really only needed the compressor. What kind do you use at school? Do you do a lot of fish or other stuff? Fish will be a learning curve for me.