Re: Need help buying airbrush setup
Hi there... the AB itself is not as important as the compressor. There are several brands of AB and a complete range of specifics for them. I started with a Harder and Steenbeck evolution 2 in 1, because it came with different possibilities of nozzle size (0.4 and 0.2) that allow different types of applications. So its more versatile than having only one size. Also budget wise was appropriate. But pashe,Iwata ,H&S, and others can be also nice work tools. Just don't get the most expensive one (like a micron) until you know what sort of application you are going to taylor your work. Dont get the cheapest one either, and buy a double action AB.
The compressor is the most important thing, really!!! The compressor must be
-a dry compressor
-capable of 4bar output at least and pressure adjustable
- must have a tank
- must have a water trap
Dry compressors work without oil, then your art work will not get any oil particles in the mixture. They are also silent and small enough you can use then indoors.
The 4 bar pressure is because you need some pressure to make the paint flow, and the most power you get then the easier the flow, but you, need sometimes some low pressures too, so variable pressure is needed.
The tank is super important because the compressor generates a pressure that fluctuates when turns on and off and when controlled, the tank makes the pressure output steady and constant. Also makes your device work longer since it only turns the compressor when the tank is going low on pressure, and you got a reservoir of compressed air.
The water trap is to take the condensed water in the air out, is not so relevant when you use acrylics, but if you use other media... its necessary!
AND the most important thing you need when you Airbrush is A MASK. Atomized particles and pigments can do harmful things to your health. The heavy particles accumulate in your lungs and they don't leave the body... so use a mask ALWAYS.
Good Compressors are sparmax and Iwata that I know of.
You can find several combos which include the AB and Compressor and some accesories. Select one that adjusts to your needs and your budget, don't forget the mask.