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Painting or Airbrushing with an Air Compresor

Updated on October 27, 2016

What is the Best Air Compressors for Airbrushing and Painting?

Do you need a new air compressor for your airbrushing and painting needs.If you do a lot of painting then you would know that using a paint sprayer or air brushing is easier and cleaner once you get the hang of using the right tools.

With airbrushing and paint spraying, you can control how thick the coat is making the final result much more even. It's also a fast way to get the job done.

But to properly accomplish a good paint job using these techniques, you need a good air compressor.

You also need a machine that is powerful and consistent so that you can keep a good steady stream of paint mist going making sure that it stays that way and keeps each stroke even.

A machine that produces a lot of force and pressure to keep the mist fine makes airbrushing paint strokes come out smooth rather than splotched.

Here are some great air compressors to help you expand your painting horizons.

Senco .5 hp One Gallon Compressor (Model: PC1010 1)

Senco PC1010 1-Horsepower Peak, 1/2 hp running 1-Gallon Compressor
Senco PC1010 1-Horsepower Peak, 1/2 hp running 1-Gallon Compressor

The Senco .5 horsepower compressor is a very lightweight compressor that is perfect for people who move around a lot (as is common with airbrushing).

This small but powerful unit can be used professionally and also for the enthusiast interested in advancing their skill through practice.

Senco has a reputation for creating very quiet air compressors, and has a noise level of just 78 dBA.

Since this air compressor was designed to be oil-free, the entire process of using it is much cleaner than other air compressors that require oil.

This air compressor has a maximum tank pressure of 200 psi which makes it great not just for paint sprayers but also other power tools that function with air like ratchet screws.

It also has a 3.5 star average rating on Amazon and has been described as an excellent item even if it can't be used for all activities because despite its small size.

If you're looking for a compact yet capable compressor that is able to perform a lot of tasks flawlessly (such as filling up tires or using an air nail gun), then the Senco brand is a great choice.


The Complete Airbrush Kit with Tank

Complete Professional Airbrush System Kit with G44 Master Airbrush, Master Compressor TC-20T, 24 Color US Art Supply Paint Set with Reducer & Airbrush Cleaner, Accessories
Complete Professional Airbrush System Kit with G44 Master Airbrush, Master Compressor TC-20T, 24 Color US Art Supply Paint Set with Reducer & Airbrush Cleaner, Accessories

This is a complete set for somebody who is already into air brushing and wants to take one step further. It includes an air compressor that comes with a tank that automatically shuts off when it gets to 60 psi.

This kit also has an air regulator that includes a gauge so you can keep track of the tank. It includes a 0.2mm needle and is a Master brand, G44, double-action, airbrush that is gravity fed.

There is an airbrush holder that can accommodate up to 4 airbrushes regardless of size. One great feature is the quick disconnect option for the airbrush so you can easily replace it. It also comes with a 1/3 ounce funnel so you can easily pour the paint in.

And with its 6 foot long braided hose, you'll have more than enough moving space without worrying about getting disconnected from the compressor. This kit comes with 20 popular colors of paint from Createx as well as a book to help you become a more advanced artist.


Campbell Hausfeld Two-Gallon Air Compressor and 8-Piece Accessory Kit (Model: FP2048)

This oil-free 2 gallon tank air compressor is a great addition to any garage because of its small size and the versatility of the accessories that it comes with. It has gauges placed right on the body at an angle that's easy to look at when you need to check it.

Campbell Hausfeld FP2048 2-Gallon Air Compressor and 8-Piece Accessory Kit
Campbell Hausfeld FP2048 2-Gallon Air Compressor and 8-Piece Accessory Kit

The Campbell Hausfeld can deliver as much as 100 psi of air which makes it the perfect air compressor for your power tools like nailers and staplers, inflators, and of course, paint sprayers. Since it is oil-free, it is a clean machine and you won't have to constantly clean up the machine and the area surrounding it.

Having an air compressor around is great not just for painters but for anyone who likes working around the house. There are several tools out there that can be powered by air compressors so you can be sure that you’ll be wanting to use one quite often. And even if it's just for painting, it's a great item to invest in.


How an Compressors Work With Airbrushes

This video here discusses how to paint with an air compressor - very insightful

Have any airbrushing or painting tips? - Please leave a comment or question below

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