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Old 03-09-2011, 09:21 PM
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I want to get an airbrush to start custom painting my birds. I currently have a 4 gallon compressor that I use for small air guns. Is there a way to use this compressor for an airbrush? I would like to get an inexpensive, but long lasting dual valve airbrush. Any suggestions on an airbrush to purchase?
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I want to get an airbrush to start custom painting my birds. I currently have a 4 gallon compressor that I use for small air guns. Is there a way to use this compressor for an airbrush? I would like to get an inexpensive, but long lasting dual valve airbrush. Any suggestions on an airbrush to purchase?
Hi Tyler
Lots of choices out there
I picked up one of these for a good price and it serves my purposes quite well
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXDEF4&P=FR
Take care dear friend
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Yes Tyler you can. You'll need a good regulator and the appropriate attachments to make your hose connections but other than that air is air, doesn't matter where it comes from.

Of course you already know if your painting you want to use a dryer and filters. Sounds like you might already have that.

Badger makes a good gun
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:32 PM
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Hank - thanks for the quick response, great package deal. Do you know if the airbrush is a duel valve?

Bill - You overestimate my knowledge in anything. Dryer and filter; I image you are talking about the filter on the compressor, not sure about the dryer. Can you explain a little more?
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Originally Posted by TylerJCooper View Post
Hank - thanks for the quick response, great package deal. Do you know if the airbrush is a duel valve?

Bill - You overestimate my knowledge in anything. Dryer and filter; I image you are talking about the filter on the compressor, not sure about the dryer. Can you explain a little more?
Hi Tyler
They use Aztek single valve airbrushes
http://www.tcpglobal.com/airbrushdep...ztekAirbrushes
Heres a good site for the novice to airbrushing
http://www.howtoairbrush.com/
How this is of help
Take care dear friend
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OH Sorry, when you said you had small air guns I figured you meant for painting.

You'll want an inline filter and dryer if you paint. A compressor will suck in whatever air is around it so if it's dusty that is getting into your tank, even with the filter on the compressor some is still going to get in as well as moisture.

Dirt and water are the enemy of any spray painting type opeartion so get one of these to place inline with your air hose.

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...cStoreNum=4612
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Great resources! How about the adaptor to go from the air hose to the air gun. Any resources for that?
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I noticed this kit has a "1/4" air inlet". Is that what I am looking for?
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I know of several modelers ( not flyers ) that use larger capacity compressors for their airbrush. they claim it gives a more consistent airflow that allows for smoother and even coverage.
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I noticed this kit has a "1/4" air inlet". Is that what I am looking for?
Yeah if that's what size hose you have. Check it, it should have markings on it to tell you what size it is. The little silver looking thing on the right side of the pic is what steps your hose down from the 1/4 to your airbrush hose size.

Remember though, you really have to run your pressure way down on your compressor or you'll blow that little hose apart!
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by TylerJCooper View Post
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I want to get an airbrush to start custom painting my birds. I currently have a 4 gallon compressor that I use for small air guns. Is there a way to use this compressor for an airbrush? I would like to get an inexpensive, but long lasting dual valve airbrush. Any suggestions on an airbrush to purchase?

This is by far my favorite airbrush to use - I've had one for two years and I do most of my painting with it. It's the Paasche Talon

http://www.tcpglobal.com/airbrushdepot/abpaatalon.aspx

for like $75 bones - comes with all the stuff you need to connect to a standard male 1/4" air fitting - i have all of my airbrushes on quick release fittings so I can swap quickly.

I also use a gravity feed dual-action I got from Hobby King a year or so ago... here's the review...

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLVq__q_eRE[/media]
Good brush for laying down larger areas of paint.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idproduct=9294

Actually now that you brought it up I am seriously considering getting another Talon Great to have two in the rotation for those multicolor jobs

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GRU - I actually have that airbrush in the HobbyKing wish-list. However, I don't get audio on my computer. I don't plan on getting too fancy with my airbrush, just something to lay base coats and maybe some racing stripes. Do you recommend it?
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GRU - I actually have that airbrush in the HobbyKing wish-list. However, I don't get audio on my computer. I don't plan on getting too fancy with my airbrush, just something to lay base coats and maybe some racing stripes. Do you recommend it?
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Originally Posted by TylerJCooper View Post
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I want to get an airbrush to start custom painting my birds. I currently have a 4 gallon compressor that I use for small air guns. Is there a way to use this compressor for an airbrush? I would like to get an inexpensive, but long lasting dual valve airbrush. Any suggestions on an airbrush to purchase?
Just be careful of spraying fumes and your lungs while spraying. If you're spraying in an enclosed area, as a minimum protect your self with a high quality mask, with filters specified to catch paint spray mist. They run $30 or $40 or so.
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Lotta great tips so far, pay attention to them.

If you need connection fittings, places like Lowes/Home Depot will do you well.

Go to the plumbing section and look for the brass fittings area. Take your two parts you need to hook up and find the adapter you need.

Use Teflon tape on all connections.


A single stage is good for general purpose spraying, A dual lets you control both amount of paint and amount of air pressure you spray.

Paasche and Badger make the good units. I've had mine for cripes 10+ years now.
Great kits, come with multiple tips/nozzles, different size containers.

Biggest thing with airbrushes is along with quality air supply, is cleanliness.

I totally disassemble mine after every use. Just running some thinner through doesn't do it.

Don't waste your time and money on the ones that run off cans of air.........
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Glacier Girl View Post
Lotta great tips so far, pay attention to them.

If you need connection fittings, places like Lowes/Home Depot will do you well.

Go to the plumbing section and look for the brass fittings area. Take your two parts you need to hook up and find the adapter you need.

Use Teflon tape on all connections.


A single stage is good for general purpose spraying, A dual lets you control both amount of paint and amount of air pressure you spray.

Paasche and Badger make the good units. I've had mine for cripes 10+ years now.
Great kits, come with multiple tips/nozzles, different size containers.

Biggest thing with airbrushes is along with quality air supply, is cleanliness.

I totally disassemble mine after every use. Just running some thinner through doesn't do it.


Don't waste your time and money on the ones that run off cans of air.........
+1 I always CAREFULLY completely disassemble and clean mine every time as well. It's several years old and looks like the day I bought it. I've seen air brush fittings and accessories at our local Hobby Lobby (craft store) too. Some of the connectors are specific to airbrushes and can be difficult to find.
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:37 PM
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Here's a little regulator/filter unit that would do what you need for $10.

http://www.harborfreight.com/air-line-filter-43242.html
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