Air Brush Series...One person’s experience

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Jul 23, 2002
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Air Brush Series...One person’s experience

I am starting this thread in hopes of helping anyone else who might be thinking about buying and using an airbrush.

Anyone that wants to pipe in, please do so as this is all new to me. I hope to take this thread from the point of buying an airbrush through to actually using it. I'll take photos when I can.
The Airbrush Okay, after a lot of research and feedback from this forum, I have decided to purchase the Paasche H Set from Dixie art for 46.00. Pretty cheap considering the shipping is free. I was hoping to buy it at Michael’s but their prices are so inflated, that I would have spent another 30 bucks even after the 40% off coupon in last weeks paper.

The Compressor Knowing that I will be doing most of my painting in the basement (with water based paint) I wanted a compressor that was quiet or at least more quiet than most. So, I'm going with the Paasche 3000 and a Paasche regulator. Again, both are from Dixie art and I'll be able to take advantage of the free shipping.

The next step will be to build a a small, cardboard paint booth. I have a small area in the corner of the basement that I can use and will vent the exhaust out the nearby basement window. Anybody have any ideas on fan units?

Great start in your equipment choices. Did you get the set that includes the #5 sized spray nozzle? I use that one a lot to do overall coverage of relatively large areas like rocket bodies.

As to fan choices, I would be careful here. If you're going to be spraying any sort of organic solvent based media, flammability is a real concern. In those situations, you want to steer well clear of any fans with motors that have exposed brushes that can be a potential ignition source. I'd suggest looking at the airbrushing forum over on and do some searches on "booth". You should be able to learn a lot there.

If, like me, you're only going to shoot water-based media with non-flammable thinners, then your choice of fan isn't so critical.
Originally posted by limd21

If, like me, you're only going to shoot water-based media with non-flammable thinners, then your choice of fan isn't so critical.

Exactly. Water based only.
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