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  • From: Dallas TX
Airbrush Compressor
Posted by fireball on Monday, December 18, 2017 1:07 PM

Looking at trying some airbrushing and would like some suggestions on a compressor. It will be used inside so I need it to be quiet. Any thoughts about salon airbrush or dental compressors?   Fireball out  Confused

fireball

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, December 18, 2017 6:21 PM
Ive used a co2 tank for years. No noise and no condensation.

Thanks,

John

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, December 18, 2017 6:29 PM

I've used a compressor that was pulled out of a dumped refrigerator. Very durable - works for over 20 years now - and as noisy as a refrigerator.

Here's a link to another one I've built - because building them babies can be a hobby in itself:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/18/t/151920.aspx

Hope it helps, have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Orlando Florida
Posted by route62 on Monday, December 18, 2017 7:04 PM

If you plan to only use one airbrush at a time, the standard airbrush compressor you see all over online for under 100 bucks will do everything you need.  Very quiet, takes up very little room and will do most jobs unless you are trying to move a lot of paint.  For the scale model world you will not be doing anything that would tax it.  Many sellers have airbrush compressor kits that come with the regulator and moisture trap for around $100.

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Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Monday, December 18, 2017 7:09 PM

I use the Sprint Jet by Iwata. It is quiet(the air coming out of the brush is louder than the compressor), and comes with a dryer/regulator. However, it is rather pricey at about $250

https://www.amazon.com/Iwata-Medea-Studio-Sprint-Single-Compressor/dp/B000BQPNWS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1513645393&sr=8-3&keywords=sprint+jet

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  • From: Virginia
Posted by Wingman_kz on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 6:21 AM
I would look for something a little bigger than the types you mentioned. Maybe something along the line of the Iwata mentioned. Personally, I'd go with one that has a tank. That will prevent any pulsing that you may have from the compressor running. You don't always get pulsing with a small tankless compressor but it happens. Definitely want one with auto shut off. Otherwise it will run all the time and bleed off what air you aren't using. Unless you turn it off. I'm on my phone and this will all run into one paragraph but here's a link to a Badger compressor on Amazon. It's a little pricey but not bad. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005UH7CVI/ref=asc_df_B005UH7CVI5307366/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B005UH7CVI&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167130062341&hvpos=1o10&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7350172277851290343&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9008372&hvtargid=pla-312564131228

            

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  • From: Virginia
Posted by Wingman_kz on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 6:22 AM
Sorry, I'll get on the pc in a little while and fix that.

            

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 9:33 AM

I used to use one of those cheap pancake compressors with a two gallon tank- noisy as ..., well, you know.  Finally replaced it with an Iwata Silver Jet.  Cost me just a little over a hundred.  Airbrushing is much more pleasant now. With the flow rate of my two badgers, I only get a max of about 25 psi, but since I do most of my airbrushing at 15-20 psi, it is fine.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by modelmaker66 on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 9:52 PM

Hi! I have an Iwata Power Jet Pro Studio Compressor, Very happy with it.

SMH
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Posted by SMH on Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:03 AM

Check out Lowels, Menards, etc. They have some really nice small compressors for under $100

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  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Friday, December 22, 2017 12:24 AM
I have a California air tools compressor with a 2 gallon tank it's really quiet and with it running you can still hold a conversation with other people, my wife can still hear what I'm saying talking in a normal voice with my respirator on. It's also powerful enough to run a brad nailer and impact wrench https://www.amazon.com/California-Air-Tools-2050A-Compressor/dp/B00QFH58Y0

Clint

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, December 22, 2017 8:47 AM

SMH

Check out Lowels, Menards, etc. They have some really nice small compressors for under $100

 

I got a nice pancake compressor at Menards, on sale, for forty bucks.  Sure was loud, though.  Eventually moved it to garage and bought Iwata for airbrushing.

I have sometimes thought I could have just bought a cheap air tank, and filled it from the pancake compressor in garage.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Danny Laval on Monday, January 29, 2018 10:42 AM

Hi Sailing Dutchman

I am looking into an Iwata airbrush and the one you mentioned is interesting. However is the air pressure regulated in any way ?

Thanks

Danny

 

 

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