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TC-20 Air Compressor Question
Posted by PontiacRich on Friday, February 10, 2017 7:11 PM

Hi all,

It's since I posted in the forum.  I admit the reason is that I'm scared stiff of airbrushing, but I'm bound &  determined to get over it and become good at it.  

 

I recently bought a Paasche Talon double action gravity feed brush because I think the Badger siphon feed ones are too clunky.  A couple years ago, I also bought a Model TC-20 compressor to replace the little clear blue plastic Testors compressor.  The problem I'm having is I can't get more than 20-22 I have checked for air leaks and used plumbers putty on the fittings.

 

What am I doing wrong?  Do I have a bad compressor?

Any help would ne appreciated.

 

Rich - "And when the Band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the Dark Side of the Moon" - Pink Floyd

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Posted by PontiacRich on Saturday, February 11, 2017 9:24 AM

Anyone?  Beuller. Beuller...

Wink

Rich - "And when the Band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the Dark Side of the Moon" - Pink Floyd

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Posted by Don Wheeler on Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:23 AM

Beuller here.  If you don't have any air leaks and you can't get more than 22 psi from that compressor, my guess is that either it or its regulator has a problem.  On the bright side, the Talon will spray fine with 22 psi.

Don't be afraid of airbrushing.  The Talon is tough. You won't break it.  And, if you do, parts are cheap.  Get some food colors or ink and practice on paper towels.  When you feel good about that, try real paint on junk plastic.  It may be a while before you can do portraits on cigarette lighters, but it's not really that difficult to do a decent paint job on a model.

Don

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Posted by PontiacRich on Saturday, February 11, 2017 12:15 PM

Don Wheeler

Beuller here.  If you don't have any air leaks and you can't get more than 22 psi from that compressor, my guess is that either it or its regulator it has a problem.  On the bright side, the Talon will spray fine with 22 psi.

Don't be afraid of airbrushing.  The Talon is tough. You won't break it.  And, if you do, parts are cheap.  Get some food colors or ink and practice on paper towels.  When you feel good about that, try real paint on junk plastic.  It may be a while before you can do portraits on cigarette lighters, but it's not really that difficult to do a decent paint job on a model.

Don

 

Thanks Don.  

I was wondering about food coloring and water for practice.  Would I need to clean the airbrush after with anything more than water after using it?

 

The regulator is the standard regulator/watertrap/pressure gauge combo.  Can they be purchased separately?  

Actually something just occurred to me.  While I was chasing down the air leaks,the two small screws on the bottom of the pressure gauge vibrated out.  Those aren't calibration screws by chance are they?

Thanks again fo rthe response.

Rich - "And when the Band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the Dark Side of the Moon" - Pink Floyd

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Posted by Don Wheeler on Saturday, February 11, 2017 4:43 PM

The nice thing about food colors is that they thin and clean up with plain water.

I don't know about your loose screws, but I doubt whether they are for calibration.  Did you buy the compressor new?  They do wear out.  Yes, you can buy the regulator combo separately.  You'd have to match the thread size of the compressor or buy an adapter.  It's probably 1/4 inch.

Don

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Posted by PontiacRich on Saturday, February 11, 2017 4:58 PM

Don Wheeler

The nice thing about food colors is that they thin and clean up with plain water.

I don't know about your loose screws, but I doubt whether they are for calibration.  Did you buy the compressor new?  They do wear out.  Yes, you can buy the regulator combo separately.  You'd have to match the thread size of the compressor or buy an adapter.  It's probably 1/4 inch.

Don

 

 

Don - Yes I bought the compressor new a couple of years ago.  I haven't used it yet.

 

I have too many hobbies...Scuba diving, photography and music, and with no dedicated building space it's been hard to get back into modelling.

I appreciate all the advice.

Rich - "And when the Band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the Dark Side of the Moon" - Pink Floyd

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, February 12, 2017 10:50 AM
Like Don said, I doughty you have a bad compressor. I'm sure it has something to do with those loose screws. I will sometimes have a loose petcock valve at the bottom of the trap and won't realize it at first. Don't be skitish of airbrushing, you'll get the hang of it. It's the masking I don't like.

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Posted by ManCityFan on Monday, February 13, 2017 8:02 AM
Can't help with the compressor, although I also suspect the regulator. I recently bought a Talon after having a Paasche H for several years. I am very pleased. Control is good, the needle it comes with is a good size for model building, and breaking down for a full clean is painless. I have only had it a little while, but feel like I am getting the hang of the double action. After you have used it a little while, I think your fear of airbrushing will go away. Happy modelling!

Dwayne or Dman or just D.

 

 

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Posted by PontiacRich on Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:10 PM

ManCityFan
Can't help with the compressor, although I also suspect the regulator. I recently bought a Talon after having a Paasche H for several years. I am very pleased. Control is good, the needle it comes with is a good size for model building, and breaking down for a full clean is painless. I have only had it a little while, but feel like I am getting the hang of the double action. After you have used it a little while, I think your fear of airbrushing will go away. Happy modelling!
 

Good to know.

I'll keep you all posted.

Rich - "And when the Band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the Dark Side of the Moon" - Pink Floyd

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