Which Airbrush Compressor Is Right For You?

I'm BJ from Hearns Hobbies and we're gonna continue on with talking about airbrushes. 


We're going to keep it quite simple and we're gonna go a bit further into compressor so I'll just show you the different kinds we have and their features and how it all works together with some accessories. 

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IWATA 2Spray Airbrush Compressor 1/6HP White [Basic]

Where you start with this one here, this is an IWATA 2Spray Airbrush Compressor 1/6HP White, it's the most basic compressor we have, but it does a really good job. 


So here it comes with the dial shows you the the pressure is operating, it this is the pressure adjustment. 

This is the air output on/off switch and then at the back here it's just another little doll which I'm doing this is for releasing the moisture from the equalising to be inside so you go make sure that that's I'm done every time you finish using it just let it all out of water that started rusting up. 

It's got a couple of holders here for your air brushes as well. 

So there's a standard one which is for gravity feed everything is floating like that and this one here is for a side feed airbrush this one won't fit but it accommodates at all. 

It also comes with a hose included so anything indeed apart from this, all you need to get going is an airbrush, scroll up and off you go. 

IWATA Ninja Jet Compressor [Small Unit]


Next we have this one here which is a IWATA Ninja Jet Compressor. 

Why you want a small unit, bit more solid because this is all stems metal construction. Also comes with a holder there this is for a young grody feed here. Fortunately quite easy to have when you're working from a desktop. 

We've got this your air output here this one here controls the amount of pressure so you just unscrew it like so I'm gonna switch at the back. 

HSENG Air Compressor with Holding Tank [Larger Unit]


From there we've got this one here which is the compresser with the tank, this one is much bigger unit got you can press it on the top yeah, a holding tank here, got the on/off switch on the top and I've got a regulator. 

So the regulator is here which just easily spin to control the pressure, you've got the gauge forcing the shell output here, this is the water trap so it clicks all the moisture out of the water set on the spray through here.

So you see this part is the particle filter, they don't get any dust coming through either so to clear these out after your session is press this up and it releases a little moisture. 

The tank holds all the air, so after you finish this is a release valve here so it also lets all the moisture come out of the tank otherwise you’ll get rust in there as well. 

How do the compressors connect?

So those are the basic features of the compressors now we just go through at how they also connect. 

So these two actually come with hoses but this one you'll need be making an additional one so be something like this one these ones have been using before. 

Actually, this one needs a different adapter so I might just run off and grab an adapter, needs a quarter-inch which is a standard eight inch. 

This hose has already got the quarter inch fitting on it so we've got the two types of hoses available in stock. So whichever one you need, we'll be able to do it or even need adapters we’ve got adapters here as well. Sorry it's just screws on the II, just untangle - so okay so let's fire it up and see how it sounds. 

Okay so the compressors operating at the moment popping the air from this tube here into the tank the tanks can be filled up as it's getting filled up to notice the pressure is going up on the gauge so we go up to a regular sort of point around yeah so at the moment we tried spraying and be quite poor because the pressures too low but once it gets up to this point they start going it's not particularly loud. 

You find that the airbrush compressors their diaphragm type is a noise effect here that just moves up and down but they actually use a piston this one's a little bit easier in the group too because when it switches off you might hear anything at all and then you know obviously when the switch is off this was gonna be like might switched off no sound at all.

Once you have a bit of sound here as you're here brushing you move on to the ninja. So with the ninja, we've got a similar fitting on it at the moment which is a quarter-inch but you know it comes with a hose as well. But if you want to use your own, you can actually disconnect this adaptor and comes down to a standard eight-inch - like that.

Okay so let's swap these over. Okay so same sort of thing very straightforward - there you go, it's a different type of sound. So obviously this one doesn't have the tank, so when you're using, the person you need to switch it on, you use the other thing when you finish using it you just switch it off, like so.

When you're switching it on, adjust the air pressure so with these compressors is always on at 100%, so the way it's reducing the pressure is its releasing the air through this bleeder valve. That's why you can hear a bit more air coming out of it.

At the moment, there's no air, very little - I just feel a little bit of pressure. As I screw this down, you hear the pressure coming up. The pressure's coming up on the airbrush and you can adjust this one just by feel.

If you do feel like you want a regulator and a water trap, these types can be adapted onto this particular compressor as well.

Then after you finish, just pop it back in the holder, switch it off and go onto your next session.

From there you got the two spray, so the two spray's a bit bigger, because we've got an equalising tube on the bottom of it here, so it acts a bit like the tank but doesn't actually hold anything in storage.

So same sort of thing if when you're using it, you need to switch it on before spraying just disconnect this want to plug this one in, I just make sure the release fails all tighten up - it's tightened up then this one's got an 8th adapter so we'll change the hose,

I just take off this quick release, these screw onto your airbrush, those handy holders here, in what spin these around as well.

Okay that's all connected, switch it on. Can get a little leakage. It's better, okay you'll be able to see the pressure going up and it's automatically switched off. So that's read to go.

This compressor automatically switches off when the equalising tank is full, which is very small so it has a little bit in there, you'll notice it starts up immediately.

The handy thing to know about this one is you don't need to keep switching it on and off. You'll notice that it's already on, switch it off pressure goes up switch is off. Look okay so this is the adjustment here, so it's on a pretty high pressure at the moment you switch it to tone it down a bit pressure - going down and then of course if you want more, you switch it up like this. Like so

So just pop it back there and make the switch off you go and then you're ready for your next coat.

That's the basic operations of the compressors, how to hook them up, basic features amongst two different ones and any other pros and cons. They all worked very well but I guess you know it's going to decide what's going to work for your project better.

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