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Paasche airbrush adaptor doesn't fit

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  • Member since
    June 2003
Paasche airbrush adaptor doesn't fit
Posted by Jammer on Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:45 AM

I recently acquired a Paasche VL #3 airbrush.  Since I have an Iwata -sized hose, I got a Paasche adaptor for the hose off of Amazon. The problem I have is that the adaptor is a little bit too small for the airbrush and the airbrush literally popped off the adaptor when I was testing it (no fluids were used in the test thankfully).  I'm figuring the problem is that Paasche hose sizes are proprietary and non OEM parts are best guesses.

Is there a way to get a snugger fit between the airbrush and the adaptor?  The fit problem is big enough to cause issues obviously, but not so large that there may be a way to seat the airbrush in the adaptor I haven't figured out.  I tried using teflon plumbers tape, but that did not work out well.

I may have to just order an adaptor from Paasche or check out the local craft stores to see if they have the right part on hand, but wanted to see if anyone has had a similar problem and if there was a bubblegum and barbed wire fix.




  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:54 AM

I'd start with a post to Don Wheeler's website. He knows everything.

I had a similar problem and took everything down to the auto parts store and worked on it with the counter guy.

Unfortunately, auto parts stores aren't much what they used to be.

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  • Member since
    March 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:29 PM

Jammer -  I had a similar issue, ordered an adaptor for Paashe air hose to fit a Badger AB, it was aftermarket. The thread pitch was very inaccurate, it did not want fit on the airbrush, but screwed onto the airhose just fine.

Friend Don Wheeler sent me an adaptor that he picked up from Coast Airbrush, same thing, bad fit. He went back for another and had counter guy check for good fit. Same thing, won't fit Badger AB. Guy took off for a minute, came back with a re-tapped fitting, worked OK.

After market Asian stuff is often poorly made, now I just order from manufacturers on this side of the pond.


  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:16 PM

If you have a well stocked hardware store handy you can often find adapters for threaded fittings that can save you an internet order and shipping costs. Worth a look.

My solution is to have the right hose for the particular airbrush with a quick release coupler on the supply end. The only time the hose needs to come off is for a breakdown cleaning.

  • Member since
    June 2003
Posted by Jammer on Sunday, July 14, 2019 11:44 AM

Thanks for the advice!  I've bit the bullet and gone ahead and ordered the correct part from Paasche direct.  I figure it will be cheaper in the long run that way.  And it also gave me the opportunity to just go ahead and get some different size needles and tips for the AB as well.

Thanks all!



  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Atlanta
Posted by xedos on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 5:36 PM

Wouldnt bother at the hardware store. Even if they have a big metric offering. I went down that rabbit hole and turned up nothing at two of the best and oldest independent stores in the country. YMMV

I used to swap hoses but tired of bending down to uncouple them from the compressor on the floor. Went to a quick disconnect at the brush end and haven't looked back.  Badger makes the nicest quick couplers ive seen.  I have them for a paasche, badger and iwata - which is kinda the standard.  I also have two versions of the Asian imports from eBay in the Iwata style and they are nice too. Not as refined as Badger's but  5 and a disconnect for $8 delivered is hard to beat.  

Spraygunner has the badger connectors as well as generic ones for competitive prices.



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