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post #1 of 7 Old 05-31-2019, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Airbrush

I know nothingabout airbrushes? At a garage sale I recently bought one a "Badger Universal 360" which I learned on-line is ok for all round use.

Looking on-line people use air compressors designed for air brushes.

My question is; can I hook it up to my 26 gal shop compressor?

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Throw an air regulator on there first and youll be fine. Air is air, the brush wont care where it comes from, so long as the pressure is within its range. The reason that those smaller compressors are usually used is for smaller size and portability
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Usually an airbrush is for hobby use is why they make little compressors for that so it's easier to use indoors. There isn't any reason you can't any compressor if you regulate the pressure down.
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I have used a cheap air brush for small projects. Just hook to my normal compressor.


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Brian - the size of the compressor and storage tank is not the issue.
a good quality pressure regulator and moisture trap is the main
requirement when running an airbrush. (or any paint gun, for that matter).
the medium that you intend to spray determines the air pressure
you need for any particular gun.
practice practice and practice with different mediums until you get the hang
of how the tool performs in your hands.
there are no set rules for airbrushing. . . . just practice and have fun with it.

here is a small sign I made a few years with airbrushed shading details.
the AB I had at the time was the entry level Badger like yours and it worked just fine.
it is not the tool - but the craftsman using it.
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Mr. Smith has it right on the money. The quality of air filtering and regulation is very important. Whether you're using an airbrush or an HVLP with an air compressor, a simple oil/water separater filter isn't enough IMO. Attached to my filter is a whip hose which i run up the wall and back down to a Filter/Dryer which the hose to my sprayer attaches. They can be quite expensive but the trick is to buy this from harbor freight, and replace the filter inside with a filter/desiccant cartridge that DeVilbiss sells as a replacement for their $200 system.


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Andrew is correct about having clean DRY air to do quality work. A desiccant drier will eliminate water, a moisture trap will not. As air goes from higher pressure to lower, as at the nozzle of a paint gun, the temperature is dropped and most likely you will go below the level where condensation will occur = water droplets in you finish. Much more likely to occur in the humid summer than cold winter. There is a second method to reduce water vapor in you system, refrigerated drier. Expensive for the home guy but the normal practice for production shops. Most desiccant is sold with a color changing chemical in it so you can see when it is time to rejuvenate it. Just spread it on a cookie sheet in the oven at low temperature.
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