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Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by Squeezy Jefferson, Jun 4, 2018.


  1. Squeezy Jefferson

    Squeezy Jefferson Young Tutorling

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    I'm new. I have an fish tank air pump as a compressor. I want a real compressor with tank. It has to be silent (or as quiet as possible) and small. It doesn't have to be fancy. Franc recommended this one and it looks just right for me. I can't find a viable link in the US.
    http://www.airbrushforum.org/attachments/666ee807-d613-4f1e-9298-c09f0123abcc-jpeg.54371/

    Can someone recommend something almost the same, or the same that I could easily find and buy in the US? Thanks. I'm gonna copy and paste this in the "compressor" thread too.
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    Rather look for at a small California Air or GMC compressor. Home Depot usually stocks them.
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    I do plan on painting on tee shirts and leather roller skates. Would that make a difference?
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    Yes. For t-shirts you need a lot of pressure. A constant 50+psi for best results.
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    In this case, my recommendation won't cut it. You will need something bigger than the AF-186.
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    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Califor...PIPHorizontal2_rr-_-205910463-_-300500747-_-N
    This one should be fine unless you get real fast,

    Then you Might need to step it up to this
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Califor...-Aluminum-Tank-Air-Compressor-2010A/205910463

    Like andre said , they have these at home depot. All of these being available at box stores means you can go and usually get them to run them for you to listen and compare, or at the very least pick them up/ see the size in person.

    This is one i use, You can also get it at home depot
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYHYHEA/ref=psdc_9022396011_t1_B01HTONHOU
    its a tidbit louder.
    Plus side with it is that it has a 100% duty cycle, so you can get away with it if you ever wanted to produce quickly.
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    note: I know the california air ones claim 56db and the senco claims 68db, One of the two is not being honest about their noise level (probably at different distances) as they are actually really really close
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    Thank you so much! I think the first one would probably be perfect. I really appreciate your help.
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