Post by snfacktruck on Jan 11, 2015 20:14:12 GMT -5
I hope you can help me out. I was given a Iwata HP-B Air Brush and a Paasche 500 compressor. What do I have exactly. Since the compressor does not have a water trap, is that a big dea? I know with all your experience with air brushes and compressors, I value your knowledge. Is this air brush good enough to do models?
What controls the air pressure the brush or the compressor. In other words the Paasche 500 I don't believe has an air pressure control, so I am concerned that I can not adjust my pressure, let's say down to 15 psi. Can you elaborate on that for me. Thanks.
If the compressor has a regulator (air pressure control) it should be equipped with gauge and means of adjusting pressure, likely a knob that you turn located beside the pressure gauge. I have a Paasche D500SR which came equipped with regulator and moisture trap. If yours does not have this you can purchase them separately.
Compressor will be what controls the air pressure, set regulator to desired pressure then begin painting. Based on my experience 15 - 20 psi seems to work well for most painting.
That airbrush is certainly good enough for model work, Iwata is a good brand.
Need for moisture trap will depend a lot on how humid it is where you are. Here in Canada during winter it is quite dry so moisture isn't a concern, during humid summer months it does become an issue. Moisture traps can be installed at the regulator and small ones are available that go on the air hose itself near the airbrush.
Post by ultraliner9 on Apr 21, 2015 22:26:34 GMT -5
When it comes to airbrushing I airbrush at 30psi. My compressor is a 2HP and it fills a 21 litre tank full of air. I have both a regulator to adjust my pressure and most important of all I also have a water trap. Even in Summer Moisture is in the air and before the water trap I got moisture on to the model I was painting.
30 years of airbrushing and I'm still learning every time I airbrush.
Good luck and may you enjoy air brushing for many years to come.