Still in doubts which of the airbrush compressors to buy? We hope this brief air compressor buying guide will help you to make a good choice.
Reasons to buy an airbrush compressor
In the first place, you need to decide on the application, what for you're going to buy an airbrush compressor. The quality of your job and the integrity of equipment will depend directly on the characteristics of a chosen compressor.
For example, in illustration, fine art, or painting a large area you will need a rigid compressor with a tank to provide a consistent flow and to spray paint continuously during a long period of time. When the compressor gets overheated or overloaded, the motor automatically shuts off and give it rest. If you are into makeup, body art or cake decorating, a portable airbrush compressor will be sufficient to deliver low air pressure. However, for painting let's say T-shirts, a compressor with a tank will suit only as you will require higher pressure and longer operating time.
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Choosing an air compressor focus your attention on these criteria
To make the right choice consider several criteria that your compressor should match: portability, noise level, duty cycle, running pressure, and a surface you're going to spray paint on.
We'd rather recommend you buy a silent compressor unless you're going to work in some detached garage.
Air compressor types
Generally, there are two types of airbrush compressors:
- Diaphragm air compressors or hobbyist models
which are the most common type. These compressors are a good choice for beginners who don't need paint large areas. They are portable, durable, and reliable but not for the continuous use. Such compressors usually deliver pressure up to 40 psi what makes them a perfect match for small hobby projects, e.g. for modeling.
- Piston air compressors
as already comes from the name these are compressors with pistons. There can be one or two of them, depending on this you'll get a larger or smaller amount of compressed air. They are
more powerful than diaphragm compressors and can work with several airbrushes or you can just run the compressor longer with one airbrush. For the better control of airflow, you can use an air regulator with your compressor. Such regulators may come with a moisture trap that will keep moisture and small particles away from the compressed air line. They are especially helpful when the air is of a high level of humidity.
Piston compressors, in turn, can be of two types: oil-filled and oil-less
- Oil-filled air compressors are very quiet and offer quite a long operating time, that's why they are popular in illustration and fine art.
- Oil-less air compressors are quiet too but do not beat oil-filled ones. Such compressors are good for nail painting, body art, cake decorating. With this, you won't worry about spilled oil.
Our bestseller airbrush compressors
Now we hope we gathered all the necessary information about airbrush compressors for you and on top of it we'd like to share with you our bestseller list: