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Old 03-07-2013, 04:24 PM   #11
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So I've been looking at Air Compressors. What's a reasonably priced one that will produce good results on some of the airbrushes mentioned above?
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:46 PM   #12
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I use a huge air compressor with a mini regulator and water trap and filter.
The bonus to that is I can air brush all day and the compressor never kicks on.
Did you use that to paint your interior walls too?
"I can paint all day"
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:14 PM   #13
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I will eventually buy one.
Hennings recommends this one..... I don't know much about them though!


http://store03.prostores.com/servlet...sche-62/Detail
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:04 PM   #14
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I do not think you can really go any cheaper then 65-70 bucks for a air compressor, and this is very cheap, ive seen harbor freight air compressors this cheap, but they do not have a tank with the compressor. Their is a wide range of air compressor applications available. It really comes down to what you want to be able to do and how much you are willing to spend.

Lots of people buy a reallly cheap air brush, some settle for a single action, but eventually you are always going to step up a notch and buy another for many reasons.

In my opinion i wanted a fairly good airbrush thats well known, and can get the job done in different ways rather then settling for a chino knockoff brush...

I have a portable air compressor in my garage that i probably could have just used with my air brush but where i live, its cold out alot, and i wanted to be able to spray in my basement, in the middle of night if i had to, i wanted something quiet that will not wake up my kids and wife.

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Old 03-07-2013, 07:41 PM   #15
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Did you use that to paint your interior walls too?
"I can paint all day"
Truck and furniture too!
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:25 PM   #16
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I am using my shop compressor with an airbrush as well. With an 80 gal tank, I could probably paint the whole house, but those 1 ounces bottles would take a lot of refills. The regulator will go down to less than 5psi if needed. I generally use 15-20 with the airbrush.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:16 AM   #17
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this may be good for you. its "paasche"

http://www.micromark.com/paasche-dc6...sor,10727.html
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:30 AM   #18
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Harbor Freight does sell cheap compressor with a air tank.
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-gallo...tm_source=1003

A oilless compressor is noisy.

My pancake compressor fell off the roof. Seems it was easier to carry it up a ladder then go out to the truck for another section of air hose, go figure. Bought one like this. It keeps up with 2 nail guns. Played with a cheapy airbrush for over an hour and it cycled once.
http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...sor-67501.html
No compressor is truly quiet.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:24 AM   #19
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lol Jack, is the compressor that fell off the roof, is that in the scrap yard now, or does it still work? i bet your not carrying the portable compressor up a ladder, they are a tad heavier then a pancake style compressor.

Yea that is a cheap air compressor from harbor freight, if it works it works thats all that matters.

Portable air compressors are noisy, not so much for outside/garage use, but in the house they are loud.
The portable compressor you suggested is kinda loud at 88db.. The air brush compressor i purchased is only 59db loud about as loud as a sewing machine...

I originally was going to just fill up a portable air tank with the compressor in my garage, and just use this to airbrush, i know of people doing this and it works, its super quite, But i figured what the heck, lets try a smaller air brush compressor and see what it can do...
I would recommend this to anyone that has a decent size portable air tank that they can fill up to use for airbrushing, depending on how much airbrushing they intend to do. I would not go this route unless you have a air compressor in the garage, you wouldnt want to run to the gas station to fill a air tank in the middle of painting...

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Old 03-08-2013, 10:08 AM   #20
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joed2323,

Thanks for your insights.

So right now I'm looking at the cheapy Hazard Fraught pancake air compressor for $40 plus the $12.99 kit with a leaky hose and nozzles. It doesn't seem to have a regulator or shutoff valve or any of the other stuff called for in the compressor manual.

Then $109 for the Iwata Revolution CR.

I have a 4 x 9 layout and already have a nice compressor in storage 5 states away so don't see a need to drop cash on a nice compressor. Also, as for the noise, with the 50 foot hose, I can put the compressor outside.
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