18th June 2012, 08:10 PM
Air Brush Compressor Regulator
Question for you guys using an airbrush. Does anyone have experience with the little diaphragm compressors? I have a 1/10 HP Pasche compressor that I've had forever that has only a needle regulator. I don't like to use it very much because it doesn't turn off- it's running when it's plugged in. So if I'm not spraying the compressor is still always pumping and getting very hot. I know that can't be good for it so sometimes I use my nail gun compressor which turns itself off once the tank reaches high pressure, but I don't like to use that often either since it is so noisy.
I'm thinking there must be a regulator for these little "always on" compressors that allows the air to bypass when you're not spraying? I don't want a standard air compressor regulator since it doesn't allow the air to bypass, pressure would just build up behind it.
Thanks in advance for your input!
18th June 2012, 10:58 PM
I just bought a really nice Husky at home depot for $90, it's not a HUGE compressor, but one that does everything from inflating balls (footballs, etc) to filling up tires. It is fantastic for general home use, and it has a dial to adjust the pressure, which most air brushes run between 30-50 psi. Also comes with a nice set of fittings for everyday use, and hooks right up to my air brush hose, sucker even has wheels! LOL
Anyway, some of the lesser expensive ones are similar in what this one can do, from several different brands, you can check online, but I found a better selection just by going to one of the stores.