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Equipping The Paint Room

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  • Member since
    September 2023
Equipping The Paint Room
Posted by Munchiezzz on Saturday, September 16, 2023 6:50 PM

Im in the market for an Airbrush. I'm not looking to do anything really detailed. My main objectives are spraying Primer coat, Base coat, and Clear coat. Any details I would spray would be masked off and spayed such as body stripping, racing stripes and that sort of thing. As for type of paint i will be using, im still researching but im thinking acrylic sounds about the best to use overall. With that said I'm not looking for the best of the best. I was really tempted to just use rattle cans but i think an Airbrush would probably be a better option. I want something that will:
-Spray evenly
-Give a nice final look
-Easy to clean 

For a compressor I'm between:
Master Airbrush Cool Runner II Dual Fan Tank Air Compressor
VIVOHOME Professional Air Compressor

I am up for considering another compressor if there's a better or more reliable option.

As for Airbrushes these are the ones I'm currently looking into:
Iwata Eclipse HP-CS (about $120)
Paasche Talon TG-3F (about $100)
Iwata Media Revolution CR (about $85)
Badger Patriot 105 (about $90)
Master Airbrush (comes with the Master compressor)

As with the compressor, I'm up for considering other airbrush options if there's something that better suits me. I very much look forward to the input everyone has as I will be purchasing my new Airbrush setup in about 2 weeks. I can't wait  to take pictures and get started and share my journey with everyone. Thanks everyone for your help and kindness. 

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 5:18 PM

I can tell you that I have an Eclipse and enjoy using it,not hard to master and easy to clean.

  • Member since
    January 2010
Posted by rob44 on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 6:02 PM

I have both Iwata's and have no complaints about any of them. IMHO airbrushing take you to a whole new level of painting. As for compressors. I bought a cheap one from Harbor Freight which worked great but was very loud. I then bought a quiet one much like I have showed you here. I believe it was well worth the cost for the reduced noise. I would NOT buy a compressor without a storage tank, it runs continously and sometimes the air out put is "choppy". 

Here is one you may want to consider


There are plenty of videos on You Tube comparing airbrushes and compressors.

  • Member since
    June 2023
Posted by burrito king on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 11:49 PM

Any of the choices you listed would work fine as an entry level airbrush. And would probably keep up with your development for a long time. I got a Badger 105 recently and I think it will last for decades. I already had a cheap compressor and tank. If I were buying a compressor from scratch, I would go with the master compressor and airbrush kit. From what I read, the master airbrush does a decent job, and you can't beat the price. Since you are getting a compressor anyway, you might as well use the airbrush that comes with it. You can always upgrade later if you need to. You can use the money you save for paint, thinner, pipettes, masking tape, sandpaper, respirator, xacto knives, mixing cups, and all the other accessories which add up pretty darn fast lol.

I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures. I am just a beginner, but I have received a lot of great tips and encouragement from the experts in this forum.

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 3:35 PM

FWIW, I use a Porter-Cable 1 gallon pancake compressor from Lowes.   It is useful for other tasks around the house, just not airbrushing.   It came with an 18ga finish nailer which has found use in tacking baseboards and building the odd birdhouse or two.   It has inflated tires, air mattresses, and basketballs.   It is light enough that I carry it from the model room to the garage as needed.    Yes, it is noisy bit it only runs to fill the then shuts off.   I don't have kids in the house that would keep them awake.    Using some quick disconnects I pipe it through some Harbor Freight filters & regulator.   Hint, buy a 30PSI gauge off of Amazon and replace the 200 PSI gauge  found on most box compressors.  They can be off as much as 10% full range.

A buddy brought a Ryobi half-gallon portable compressor to a meeting.   Powered by a 20v battery.   An interesting concept. 

Don't limit yourself to model-only brands.   There are some excellent multi-taskers out there

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 5:37 PM

For what you want to do a single action Paasche H would work and can be found for around $70.  I'd also reccomend considering CO2 - silent and dry.  I've used this combo for as long as I can remember.



  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 6:00 PM

Another vote for the Paasche H.  I've never needed another airbrush and my fancier ones just sit unused.  Had mine since before I was old enough to drive, and I'm 52 now. Big Smile

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

  • Member since
    March 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 7:33 PM

I have Paasche, Iwata and Badger airbrushes, with decades of using them. All are very good to excellent, any of those you listed will work just fine for you.

For my use the ones I mostly pick up are the Badger 100G and Badger 105. Big rugged parts, simple and quick to clean, they are getting old and have seen LOTS of use, they look and work like new today. If well cared for they will be a lifetime investment.

I use California Air Tools compressors, a twin cylinder model for shop use, and a single cylinder model for airbrushing. The single cylinder is the 1P1060S, quiet at 57 decibels, way more than enough power, highly recommended by me. It's on Amazon at US $152.00, you might check around, I saw it some time back at Walmart, for $99.

I tried a few items from Master that included an airbrush, in both cases it was clear to me how they were able to just give the airbrushes away. Just my opinion, I'd give the Master's a pass and go with known quality from major manufacturers.

Best of luck with your equipment search.



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