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Compressor Setup, Second Regulator?

Discussion in 'Airbrush Compressors' started by Wax, Jan 6, 2017.


  1. Wax

    Wax Young Tutorling

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    Hello guys,

    I was hoping that I could add another regulator to my new compressor. The only real goal was to have a regulator that had increments of 10 instead of 30. I thought this setup would work, but I was wrong. Anyone have any experience doing something like this? Basically I tried to run the hose straight to the regulator I took off of my old hobby compressor, then a new hose from that to the airbrush.

    Sorry, I am pretty much a noob at this stuff. I really appreciate any help you guys can give.

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  2. Malky

    Malky Pencil Pushing Protagonist Elite Member! Very Likeable!

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    There is nothing wrong with your set up, but your compressor's gauge has a higher maximum than than your hobby compressor gauge, but it's easy to fix, the left gauge on your compressor tells you what the pressure is in the tank, the right gauge is your output pressure, you will notice that your compressor is capable of 10-12 bar max and your hobby gauge has maxes out at 6-8, simply turn down the right gauge by means of the red knob until it sits under 6 bar and your hobby gauge will work just fine, I had mine set up exactly the same way, I had similar compressor and exact same hobby regulator, I actually set the compressors output gauge to just above 3 bar which was more than enough for anything I did, your set up allows to to use your compressor for other stuff such air powered tool operation which could be handy sometimes, it's too good a compressor to be dedicated only to airbrushing, you could even use for a HVLP spray gun for priming or clearing using a standard 1/4 hose and fittings.
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    Thank you so much for the prompt and thorough response! I am glad that it is something relatively simple, and yes, you are spot on about my setup, I am glad to be able to use the compressor for both hobby and light air tool work.

    The compressor is only slightly louder than a hobby one, and was only $25 more expensive than the cheapo Master TC-20T, so I definitely am happy with that decision.

    Thanks again for the advice, can't wait to get home tonight and confirm that it works!
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    Malky Pencil Pushing Protagonist Elite Member! Very Likeable!

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    Keep us updated;)
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    That's exactly the set up I have...

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    Me too !
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    If your air regulation is being a pain, you might also consider including a micro air control [MAC] valve as the last joint before your arbrush.
    All you do then is set the max output you think you'll use from your compressor, [ usually about 45 psi ] then a bit lower with your hobby compressor regulator [ say 40 psi ] then you make the final small adjustments with your mac valve as you need it. This is my set-up and has worked very well for me in the past.There's nothing more frustrating than trying to fine tune your air from a cheap - ass compressor that's trying to blow your seals outta your airbrush! I know, cause that's where I started out from.:)
    Keep us posted, as I'm sure the guys have you sorted right.
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  8. Wax

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    Well Splasha, it's funny that you bring that up. I was going to make a completely separate post about that, but maybe you can help me out. I recently upgraded to a Badger Xtreme Patriot 105, which has a PAC dial on it. I thought the PAC / MAC dial was part of the air brush, is there a separate unit that you can hook up that does the same thing?

    The screw that goes into that bottom of the airbrush (PAC dial) is very small, and I worry about losing it. I also have no idea how it really works. I guess that when I screw it in more, it limits the air flow, and when I unscrew it, it opens it up? Due to the size of the screw, I assume that only very minor adjustments are needed?

    What happens if I take the screw out all together?

    Or is this all completely different than what you were talking about?
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    Hi, Wax.
    Yeah, the whole Mac valve thing is surely one of personal preference, but I love mine to death, seeing as how my compressor is tucked away , under the bench, somewhere outta sight and damn hard to get to.
    Pretty much all my adjusting is done at the gun- that way I have instant control [OOOOOH! Spooky!] over the airflow I need to have.
    As for the PAC? thing, if it's not giving you grief - my advice is leave it alone. It's probably a sort of pre-set air control, and seeing as your MAC valve gives you insanely fine control at your fingers, it's pretty much useless.
    I was having "fluttering" issues when I began, but that was sorted when I welded me up an in-line settling tank.
    As for removing the screw totally from the PAC unit - DON"T! If you lose the little mo-fo [ and believe me if you take it out - Murphy says so - you will drop , fling , catapult or otherwise manage to make it disappear.
    Better to leave the inoffensive little beast where he be.
    Your Mac valve is the very last connection between the compressor outlet [ that's feed ] airline [ the little one about 1/4 inch 6mm diameter ] and your airbrush. In fact, mine sits in the gap between thumb and forefinger, and I can 'tweak' the valve dial with small movements of my thumb.
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    @Wax, the PAC/MAC valves do the same thing. If it is on the body or on the hose. On the body it blocks the air just before it exits the nozzle and in-line in does so before it enters the gun. When it is in-line it also helps with grip. You can nor remove it from the gun because then all the air will escape and you can not turn it all the way in because then you shut off all the air. You can remove it, shorten it and then turn it all the way in and then it will not bother you anymore.

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