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    February, 2018
Best budget airbrush and compressor?
Posted by the_no_life_scrub on Sunday, February 11, 2018 8:00 PM

I'm still in high school so i dont really want to spend over $200 CAD on an airbrush and compressor. so can u guys give me any sugestions? 

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    October, 2008
  • From: Fullerton, Calif.
Posted by Don Wheeler on Monday, February 12, 2018 1:59 PM

My suggestion is to stay away from off brand airbrushes.  Most of these are made in China and  often of poor quality.  Stick with a major brand and you won't go far wrong.  You might want to check out this  page.

As for a compressor, anything that will supply up to 30psi with reasonable volume will work.  Get one with a real pressure regulator and moisture trap.  It should be at least 1/8 hp.

Don

https://sites.google.com/site/donsairbrushtips/home

A collection of airbrush tips and reviews

Now also an Amazon E-book and paperback of tips.

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, February 12, 2018 2:11 PM

I currently have a Badger 105 Patriot that is bulletproof, and easy to use. It can be had for around $ 70.

I spent a lot more than $ 130 for my compressor, which as Don suggests has a real regulator and a water trap.

It's worth saving up for, otherwise the money gets spent on replacing junk.

I've also tried propellant cans (bad), shop compressors (noisy).

Bill

EDIT: I see the Testors Aztek AC500 on sale on Amazon for $ 110. Any thoughts on that, Don?

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, February 12, 2018 2:17 PM

If you have a Hobby Lobby near (don't know if they are up there or not, or if you are able to order from them), with their 40% off coupon you can pick up a NEO for Iwata for around $50 US, probably around $60 US if you have to order and ship online.  That leaves more for a compressor.

I have one, and like it very well for the acrylics I shoot.

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    February, 2018
Posted by the_no_life_scrub on Monday, February 12, 2018 2:28 PM
sorry i don't live in the U.S
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    December, 2017
Posted by drumsfield on Monday, February 12, 2018 2:49 PM

Iwata is as bulletproof as they come. I own the Iwata Eclipse. It's easy to take care of and parts are easy to replace if anything happens. 

https://www.amazon.com/NEO-Gravity-Feed-Action-Airbrush/dp/B004INERK4

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, February 12, 2018 2:52 PM

Figured when you gave your budget in CN, why I said if available or can order and have shipped to you.  If so you could split the order and do the AB one week and the comp. the next and take avantage of a higher priced compressor, as they offer several.

G and Don's advise spot on. Don's page is well worth the read.

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    December, 2017
Posted by drumsfield on Monday, February 12, 2018 2:53 PM

I also own an Iwata Smart Jet air compressor, but if I had to do it over again I would probably buy a compressor with an air tank and a true regulator like this one.

https://www.amazon.com/Master-Airbrush-Model-TC-40T-Single-Piston/dp/B00WBT7PTW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1518468660&sr=8-2&keywords=badger+air+compressor&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011

  • Member since
    February, 2017
Posted by Leopard1 on Monday, February 12, 2018 3:08 PM

i have this one http://www.paascheairbrush.com/products/Compressors/Compressors/D500SR

it's small and very quiet.

i own an old badger airbrush 150-4 which still work fine.

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