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Forum topic by plang posted 04-14-2014 11:24 PM 1013 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2014 11:24 PM

Looking to purchase a air brush with compressor for my grandson to use on his models. I would like to spend under $100.00 but would like something he can grow into. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 11:27 PM

Harbor Freight is you’re friend if you’re looking for something inexpensive. Most decent guns that could be grown into will cost close to $100 with only a few accessories and no compressor.

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#2 posted 04-15-2014 05:55 AM

I am an airbrusher myself. Believe me when I say, You wouldn’t do him any favors buying cheap airbrush. I used few these cheap ones, before I bought one little more expensive. If You give him the cheap one, he won’t learn how to use it, because they simply DON’T WORK as they should. The cheapest variant is to find Iwata Eclipse HP-CS somewhere. This one is GOOD and the cheapest You will find that works well. There are some Neo for Iwata models cheaper, don’t buy them, they are some chinese knockoffs made for Iwata. For the compressor go to scrapyard and pull one from an old freezer or refrigerator, and find some local handyman and connect it to some small reservoir and add pressure switch and pressure regulator and You will have best compressor he ever needs. He needs some 50psi maximum for airbrush I usually work around 15psi for fine detailed work.

Hope this helps!
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#3 posted 04-15-2014 10:55 AM

Paasche is what I use has served me well over the years but then I don’t use it for REAL artistic work I just spray paints on my carved signs and use it to spray finishes.


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#4 posted 04-15-2014 11:38 AM

You Have to judge how your grandson will treat the airbrush. They need to be cleaned after every use. Cleaning requires more then just running some solvent thru the gun. It is taking the brush apart and wiping it clean.. If he does that a good quality brush will last him years. I have a Paasche VL 3.that I have used since the early 1970s That one is my work horse My other Brush is a Iwata.

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#5 posted 04-15-2014 09:14 PM

Paasche H is what I started with in my teens. Used dads air compressor with a regulator down to 15-20 pounds.
Start him with a decent brush and he won’t be disappointed with poor results. I started with air brushing doing models myself. The plastic kind, not the runway type…... darn!
The brush I started with and still have and use was 20-30 years old when I got it. I’m now 60.

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