AIRBRUSH AIR SOURCES
CANNED AIR (Propellants) -- Most expensive type
of air source and not very effective. I do not recommend buying this as it will
not give you a good feel for what airbrushing is all about.
ELECTRIC COMPRESSORS --Come in all shapes and
sizes. Please research what will be required as far as PSI for the type of
airbrushing you will be doing. Will you be using a high viscosity paint for
airbrushing t-shirts or will you be doing illustrations with a low viscosity
paint? These are some of the things you should consider before buying a
Electric compressors can be piston driven or
diaphragm , oil lubricated or non- oil lubricated, have a air storage tank or
none. I suggest staying away from diaphragm type compressors for anything other
than using very low viscosity type airbrush paints.
Diaphragm Compressors - Very inexpensive type
compressor. For about the same amount of money these days you can buy an oil
less mini piston compressor like the Phantom 100, much better deal for the
money. Diaphragm compressors use a reciprocating diaphragm to pump air to your
airbrush. One of the big draw backs to this type of compressor is pulsing
effect created by these types of compressors. One airbrush at a time can be
Piston Driven Compressors - Pretty simple an
electric motor turns a piston that pumps air usually into a storage tank than
to the airbrush. With a large enough storage tank several airbrushs can
generally be used at one time with this type compressor. Well suited in most
cases for spraying high viscosity type paints. These compressors are often
pretty loud so try and hear it while it runs before you buy one. There are
silent compressors made for airbrushing but are general much more expensive
than a compressor like you can buy at Home Depot, hard ware stores.
Air pressure regulators, moisture traps / filters
should be used on any type compressor used for airbrushing. An air pressure
regulator controls the air pressure at which the paint is sprayed. Moisture
trap / filter captures the moisture created by the flow of the hot air cooling
in the air storage tank or airbrush hose.** For oil lubricated compressors a
oil filter should be used to capture any oil from the compressor before it gets
into your airbrush.
COMPRESSED CO2 TANKS - Perfect for airbrushing in
many cases if the size of your projects are not huge. No need for a moisture
trap or oil filter are needed for CO2, just a regulator. For a regulator you
should use a welding type regulator which screws on top of the tank.
Air Lines / Hoses-- The best kind is rubber
covered by braided nylon which generally comes in 10 ft. lengths. The
compressor end of the hose will screw right on to the out let side connection
of your regulator.