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Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by Pollys13a, May 7, 2018.


  1. Robbyrockett2

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    And here's the chart for clarity. @AndreZA has posted several times. You can see the brush side of all the qd's will clip in to any qd.
    couplings.jpg

    My favorite setup is to run a badger non-coiled poly hose w adapter to standard 1/8th and a qd. Just bc the badger hose is teeny and it's like it's not there.
    Mine happens to be hot pink one from an early 90s badger 350 set :) which is also hard to trip over.
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    your other alternative is to get the single adapter
    https://www.amazon.com/Paasche-Airbrush-Adapter-Iwata-PASA-188/dp/B000ND6GNO
    and the standard qd from that second link will screw on to it.



    Compressor side it looks like its 1/8th so you would just need two of the qds from that second link and the 1/8th fem /1/8th fem +1/8m to 1/8m fitting so you could put it on in a way that it wouldnt drop all your air when you pulled the hose
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  3. Pollys13a

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    Thanx guys for persevering with me on this:)
    It was quite a nightmare, getting a grip on my sandblasting, blasting pot fittings, NPT/BSP 1/8, /1/4, 1/2, male, female, adapters for NPT/BSP etc,etc. I'm afraid I'm still finding most of this confusing :) Is quite late in UK, so will start fresh in morning and try to..... sensible digest your most recent replies in morning.
    Thanx again.
    Peter.
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    Its definitely one of those things that would take like 5 sec to get from a video but forever to try and put in words
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    Might be getting there chaps :)

    I thought it would be quite straightforward to fit the Paasche airline to the Chinese Iwata type clones. Straightforward, as you can see, not so, to me anyway, it has become..... quite involved.

    I think the solution will be........ just buy a new airline.

    My mini compressor has a 1/8 BSP male outlet fitting and the clone airbrushes all have a 1/8 male connection . I see there are plenty of 1/8 to 1/8 airlines eg this one on Ebay UK should work fine 112980500732. It has 1/8 female connectors both ends. Though now, another problem seems to arise. I think I'm correct in understanding that I would need a quick connect on the compressor to maintain, lock in the pressure in the airtank when changing over airbrushes. All the quick connects I've looked at have a 1/8 male threaded end but the outlet connector on compressor is also a 1/8 male. I can't find any reducing, barrel type connectors,adapters to change the 1/8 male fitting on compressor over to a 1/8 female so can then connect a quick coupler.
    The only option might be, which seems a bit drastic is to remove the 1/8 male outlet fitting on the compressor ( which may well be secured in position with thread lock ) and replace with a 1/8 female with which I can then fit the quick disconnect on. Does one also fit a quick connect onto the airbrush, to prevent any paint leaking out when changing over?
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    Thanx, have looked but can't see anything, unless you mean the Badger adapters?
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    Just out you're quick connect on the brush and of the hose, that's what we all do and when we take the brush off the air is locked in you're compressor and the hose, you can still change brushes when you do that, I have a Harder & Steenbeck transparent nylon hose which has quick connect already fitted, it also has a built in micro air control (MAC) which allows me to adjust air pressure at the brush, I can also see at a glance if there is moisture in the line, my hose with everything atrached cost me £24 at Everthing Airbrush you can also find it without the MAC for a little less, in the same they have the quick connect on its own but what ever you choose check that the tail for you're brush comes with it and maybe order a couple of extra tails incase you want to connect other brushes.

    The 1/8th male connection on you're regulator is thread locked, I would leave it as it is.
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    In my graphic at the top of page in the bottom right corner is a section for when your compressor and hose is 1/8".
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    OK thanx for that and thanx again everyone for the input, sorry to seem a bit you.... know... duh:)

    Think have finally sussed this out? Saw this quick connect on Ebay UK 282837449439
    Saw the 1/8 female thread on the tail barb, flash of light, bingo. My blasting pot and big compressor the quick connect couplers are like push in barbs into hose and secure with jubilee clips/clamps not the airbrush design at all.The Ebay airbrush quick connect can connect female 1/8 tail to 1/8 male on guage on compressor, then the male 1/8 on quick connect main body to 1/8 female on airline. Another quick connect at other end of hose, and barbs, tails fitted into 1/8 male on airbrushes.

    So I just ordered airline 112980500732 , Airbrush Air Hose Quick Release Coupler Connectors x 4
    332137548257 and another two pack. Also a pair of 1/8 quick couplers 112951378920 also a six gun holder 362313891422 .
    Think have got all sorted now unless I've over taxed my brain and got everything really mixed up.
    When I get all the bits and bobs and get airbrushing I'm afraid you will all probably have the misfortune to hear from me again :)
    ttfn Peter.
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    You dont have to have the compressor side qd. Just one will do to keep your pressure up, unless you change hoses each time you change brushes.
    1 QD and one qd tail for each brush.
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    And thank you! I took these pics and discovered my wife had took some surprise boobie pics on my computer for me to discover which taking these pics led me to discover. :)

    This is 1/8th to 1/8th hose to qd
    the second pic shows the tail on the brush.
    you can get just tails for the different types of brushes and they all plug in to the same qd.
    connect.jpg
    disconnect.jpg

    I think nessus was just saying he prefers to have the qd on the compressor side so his airbrush doesnt have all that fitting stuff on it.
    For me on this small compressor the hose never leaves the compressor.
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    OK Polly, here is my set up

    set up 01.jpg

    set up 02.jpg

    The larger tail/barb on the right of my regulator connects to another regulator on my compressor which has a standard 1/4" female euro quick disconnect, this allows me to also use my compressor for standard connection air tools such as staplers I use for upholstery and nail guns and such.

    The pistol grip moisture trap in the photos isn't an absolute must but damn handy in times of high humidity, if you choose to use one of these you connect straight to the brush and your tail goes on the bottom, where else would a tail go? :) I believe some prefer to put it under the quick disconnect.

    As Robbie states, you really don't need much else, and as I said, your air will be locked with your brush disconnected and the hose left on the compressor, because your compressor is so small, if you're using it for long sessions you should really empty the tank of air and water every day.

    Everyone has there own preferences but since busting a brush by tripping on the hose I want to be able to detach the brush and place it as far back on my desk as I can so its safe while I do other things, I'm pretty sure that's what you and most of us do.
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    Precisely.
    My other compressors have 1/4 npt stuff like normal air tools so that's totally different but yeah, for a dedicated AB compressor I'm pretty sure that's the most common setup.
    Where did you get the hp-b btw?
    It's Soo pretty
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    The HP-B was a present from a good friend who didn't wish to be named, it's an older one but clean as whistle and looks like it was hardly ever used, I like the absence of all the gadgets that just make it heavy, I never used the trigger limiter on my last model and I don't remember ever pulling back the chuck through the cut-away to clear blockages, if I get a blockage I just clean the brush and control paint to air ratio on my own, was always too lazy to keep adjusting the limitero_O

    I got the brush and all the bits out just to make the photos above, I suppose I might as well do something with it now:)

    Edit: The brush came in its original box with test spray and paperwork, even the box looks like it wasn't moved much:)
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    That's awesome. I think I'd prefer the older one too. Just the absence of cutouts thing.
    I use the limiter occasionally, mostly to test if I'm getting paint at the tiniest pull. But yeah that's a sweet looking brush. I hear told it's one of the best ever.
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    I haven't used this one yet so I don't know how it compares to the newer models, but based on how it feels and looks I have very high hopes it will perform as good if not better, I'm sure I'll know by the end of this week.

    I've had a micron but found it to be too temperamental and finicky, I wasn't at all keen on the anodized back handle, I would have preferred it to be all chrome just like all the other iwatas., the cost spares also made me afraid to use it.
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    No kidding! I haven't damaged mine too much. But had they been microns I'd probably be out a few hundred dollars in replacement parts instead of like 50.
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    I bust the needle and nozzle once on the micron and that cost me €96 at the time, the experience was enough to just repair it and put it straight back in its box and never use it again, the HP parts are not that cheap either but certainly bearable even for me.
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    Correct. I have a portable bench/desktop regulator + filter block with a a 2 hose manifold (basically I mounted a regulator & filter onto a steel bookend so I can plunk it down anywhere). The hose between the block and the compressor is quick connected at both ends, but the hoses from the block to the brushes stay screw connected on the block end, and on the hose end I just screw and unscrew to attach and remove the brushes whenever I need to.

    I do the same thing for the same reason, I just don't use quick connectors. The brushes screw on and off the hoses so quick and easy as is that I don't feel quick connects make a real difference other than to make the stem longer and bulkier.

    I also kinda feel similarly about grip filters. Unless you're running the brush hose straight from a cheap compressor, their main function is just turning the brush into a pistol grip. The air line is a closed line, so if one's air can be sufficiently filtered, it can be sufficiently filtered between the supply and the hose.
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