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Just about any compressor will do for airbrushing art. You need a pressure valve to control line air pressure. Typically for airbrushes you will probably want to be running about 10 to 20 psi in your air compressor line.
Tiny Little Airbrushing Compressor -- these little airbrushing air compressors "work" but might not be ideal for you. They sure are portable though if that's what you need.
A lot of the small so-called airbrushing compressors really aren't that great. Now if you need small for some situation depending on where you are doing a particular airbrushing custom paint job, then you need small compressor. Overall though the tiny airbrushing compressors will tend to have to run constantly in order to keep up because the air tank is very small.
Also, the small airbrushing air compressors tend to cost as much or more than the much larger regular-sized shop air compressors.
The other problem with these tiny, little air compressors for airbrushing is that they tend to bounce around a lot due to their small size and light weight. They will tend to wrap up your airbrushing line and perform other annoying tricks. Again though if you need small, these do work and might be exactly what you need.
To keep these really tiny airbrushing compressors from bouncing around you can always place it in a milk crate or a nicer rolling case or something like that and to keep it quite have a pillow, towels, bubble wrap or other padding on the bottom of the crate or case.
You can then use the milk crate as a carrying case for your airbrushing compressor and your airbrush or airbrushes in boxes of course and some paints and templates and stencils.
Better yet you can go the extra bit and get a regular case with a handle and wheels that you can move around at the job site easily and keep your airbrushing compressor and airbrushes and airbrushing tools and supplies such as airbrushing template and stencils.
The idea of placing a padding or pillow in the bottom of the case or crate that you put your air compressor in is to help keep it from bouncing and to help keep it quite -- this is particularly helpful in a location like an upstairs apartment where the airbrushing compressor's vibrations on the floor might annoy your downstairs neighbors.
As long as you are using water-based paints, airbrush painting in apartments is fine. Most automotive-oriented airbrushing custom paint jobs though you will probably want to use urethane paints.
Senco PC1010 1 Air Compressor -- This unit is an inexpensive air compressor from China -- Central Pneumatic. It is loud when it runs but you go quite awhile with the airbrush on this size tank without running so it isn't that bad. I prefer the pancake style shown here as it has less tendency to vibrate around or get knocked over. You can pick these up for about $60 at Harbor Freight or at
Senco PC1010 1 Air Compressor -- Kingfish Folkart did some research and cam up with this compressor. This is a super quiet air compressor that you may find necessary for your airbrushing art work and custom painting depending on your living condition or it may just desirable to keep your own household or mind at peace. A lot of people just don't like the sound of air compressors.
CALIFORNIA AIR TOOLS 4610A Here is another nice quiet compressor that Ron Orr researched and got through Home Depot.
If you are airbrushing in an apartment or anywhere that noise abatement might may life or business more suitable. Again, keeping this compressor or any compressor securely above the floor and/or on top of a pillow or pad will also go a long way towards abating noise and vibrations for your downstairs neighbors. These super-quiet airbrushing air compressors run about $120 on Amazon:
Senco PC1010 1 Air Compressor on Amazon
To use an air brush on a regular compressor, you will need to adapt from the regular air hose fittings down to the airbrush line size.
If you are buying an airbrush from the Peco Global website I reference for the best quality lowest price airbrushes, you can click on the "Accessories" link and you will see various adapter fittings available to order with your airbrush.
Also, if you don't order an adapter, when you get your airbrushes, you can make a trip to your local hardware or home improvement store and take your airbrush line with you to come up with the adapter you need to attach to your air compressor.
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