Every now and then new airbrush models are taking over and considering the fact they can serve a long life if used properly it's a common thing you will sometimes need parts for your airbrush. Upon that it's important to choose airbrush accessories and supplies that are relevant to the application and type of paints you use.
In order to choose the necessary airbrush accessories, one needs to get a better grasp of how an airbrush operates and what each part of the airbrush does. So, let's get going!
How an airbrush works
Generally, an airbrush is made as a metal tube which tip ends up with a nozzle or a so-called brush. This, in turn, holds a needle that steers an air flow in the desired direction. Depending on the size of your airbrush nozzle and needle you can get from very fine to large paint patterns with small and large orifices of the above-mentioned airbrush parts accordingly. Due to this feature airbrushes have found lots of applications among both commercial users and hobbyists.
Further, we will take a closer look at different airbrush supplies and airbrush accessories.
What functions different airbrush accessories perform
Airbrush tips and needles
It is often that airbrush sets contain one or several extra needles. Their sizes are usually accepted to mark with one, two, or three engraved rings at the end of a needle corresponding to fine, medium, and large paint patterns provided. But some manufacturers offer already assembled airbrush tips that come with color coding. This marking identifies that a tip may be intended for the use with a certain type of paint, color, or for a particular effect. Airbrush tips and needles require special care: you need to treat them delicately and always clean properly. Do not let them drop or bend unless you're going to screw it up.
Airbrush color cups
These airbrush supplies are used to hold different fluid airbrush mediums you're going to spray. Among them, you can find built-in airbrush color cups and those you cannot attach to an airbrush. The latter do not imply multi-purpose use and usually, they find their application in a specific type of work. From the perspective of a feed system, airbrush color cups come in two types: gravity and siphon feed. See 'Airbrushes' category for more information on the difference between airbrush feed systems.
Airbrush holders and hangers
If you have an airbrush with a heavy jar it's probably not an issue for you to put it on the table without spilling paint. However, it's still as easy as pie to knock your airbrush over and splash everything around with paint. And it's saying nothing of airbrushes with other feed systems. Here airbrush holders and hangers come in handy. These airbrush accessories have the form of a bent strap that mounts with small screws and features a slot for hanging down an airbrush hose. You can also find airbrush holders that can seat several airbrushes and holders that you can install at a certain angle to avoid paint spills.
Airbrush moisture traps
Many airbrush users come across the issue when paint mixes with moisture and instead of a fine and smooth paint flow you get a bubbling paint mess. To tackle this problem and keep water away from your paint may be especially critical if the air humidity in your working area is pretty high. In such cases, airbrush moisture traps may be of use. Apply these airbrush accessories on the compressor or/and install inline moisture traps in the airbrush hoses for added flow uniformity. To resolve further issues with moisture and upgrade your airbrush work you can use airbrush spray booths and air dryers. For more details read our 'Airbrush Spray Booths' and ‘Refrigerated Air Dryers’ buying guides.
Airbrush Air Pressure Regulators
For better control of airflow and precise spraying, there are air regulators available on the market. They are designed to provide a custom air pressure level and usually come with air pressure gauge. This is especially helpful while working with flammable or inflating fluids.
To find the right airbrush hoses and adapters to them read our short guide on 'Airbrush Hoses & Connectors'.
And there is one more thing we would strongly recommend: consider a respirator as a must-have for airbrushing. After spraying paint mist easily gets into your respiratory system as you inhale air even though you don't notice this. Many airbrush users tend to underestimate the importance of using a respirator. Please, do not. Whether you use water-based or some fast toxic paints they can still damage your lungs. Wearing a mask or a respirator may feel uncomfortable (and here we cannot help mentioning those brutal bearded men) but put your health before everything else. But not only your lungs require protection, you can also use a protective eye-wear or full-face mask.
Another relevant matter to bear in mind is a type of paint you use. Make sure your protective airbrush accessories correspond to your application. We carry a wide range of airbrush paint respirators to meet your every requirement and address unnecessary health risks. For added safety, we recommend using Airbrush Spray Booths. Though precautions such as a respirator are still to be taken while working with toxic paints.
In case you still have some questions on airbrush accessories, do not hesitate to contact us.
Enjoy your airbrush and do not forget to shop with Touche Airbrush!