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Old 02-04-2005, 03:17 PM
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Default Air Tank for Air brushing

I've read through most of the posts looking for anyone who tried to use a 5 Gallon air tank ( (125psi.), that can be filled up at your Gas station, for air brushing. Has anyone ever considered it? Very inexpensive and seems to be compact enough for storage...


Here is a link to something of what i'm talking about

http://aircompressorsdirect.com/cata...roducts_id=111


I dont see why it wouldnt work, and it really seems economically smarter than CO2... Not to mention being able to blow out your car with an air nossle if needed.

Thanks.
Old 02-04-2005, 03:34 PM
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Default RE: Air Tank for Air brushing

Hmm. I would worry about it running out of air in the middle of a paint job. I have a 2.5G tank on my compressor and it recharges itself 4-5 times during the course of painting one body.
Old 02-04-2005, 03:43 PM
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Default RE: Air Tank for Air brushing

That was one of my concerns.. whats the PSI on your tank? would that make the difference up?
Old 02-04-2005, 04:03 PM
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PSI charges to 125 - I spray at 20-35 depending on the paint.
Old 02-04-2005, 06:25 PM
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A 5 gallon tank isn't worth the headache IMHO. For $63 more you can get the real deal:



It regularly goes on sale for $88. I have one and it works great.

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Old 02-04-2005, 07:09 PM
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Default RE: Air Tank for Air brushing

I know their cheep, but i'm looking at something that doesnt need to be plugged in an running. (I rent an appartment) not sure the landlord would like a motor running every few minutes.

The tank i suggested has no motor (compressor). Was wondering if anyone had experience using one for airbrushing. Can you get an entire car done without having to run out to charge it back up.
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You need to paint outdoors in well ventilated areas, so it would be right for your landlord to get mad if you spray inside...the fumes are really smelly!
Old 02-05-2005, 01:00 PM
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Well, i was going to paint the bodies in the basement, where there is an exhaust fan right in front of the workbench... i'm now working towards getting a Co2 tank, does anyone have any model numbers on some tanks and what size would be needed to paint two or three bodies... and what fittings I would need for the airbrush?

looking into buying one this week...
Old 02-07-2005, 08:38 PM
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Well, interesting thing, i stoped by my LHS, and asked if they have ever heard of someone using an air tank w/out a compressor for airbrushing... they actually were intrigued and thought that one full tank would get through a body...


But i have a question for you R/CDadinNH: How many times does your 3 gal. with the compressor (FULL) regenerate?... do you think you can fill the tank, shut off the compressor and finish one full body without a recharge?...
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Default RE: Air Tank for Air brushing

Hmmm. It really depends on the design (how many colors, etc.). And I also vary the psi depending on what I am spraying. So there are MANY variables at play.

Mine is actually only a 2 gallon tank. I would say on average it cycles at least 3-4 times per color. So using that math, you would use 12 gallons of air on a 3 color body.

Regardless of what you end up with, make sure you get a pressure regulator and a water trap.

Phil
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I have a giant air compressor in my garage, but i paint bodies in my basement. Instead of running a line through my basement window, I am going to fill up an old empty propane tank. Any thoughts to how this might work??
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Default RE: Air Tank for Air brushing

if you shut off the compressor on mine, you could easily spray a whole body. ive got an 8 gallon, though.
Old 02-18-2005, 02:01 PM
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Default RE: Air Tank for Air brushing

Nitrofreak, so your saying that with a 10 gal. tank, filled to 135 psi. that you'd be able to finish one body at least?...

SWEAT!... just got my Badger 150 pro. Kit, looking to get started, now I'm set...

Thanks!
Old 03-14-2005, 01:23 PM
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Default RE: Air Tank for Air brushing

Thanks to all who participated, I really have a good sense of what I needed. I recently bought my Tank and put a regulator on it (no trap yet) and am prepairing to paint my first Body with an airbrush...

I will post my setup if anyone is interested... its pretty sweet. And Lasted me two full airbrush lessons before a refill... I hope to have enough "juice" to finish atleast one body...

Anyone interested in pic?..
I will post tonight when I get home.
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YES! Pics are always good!!!
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Default RE: Air Tank for Air brushing

Alright you asked here they are... The Tank costs $20, the regulator $7, the fittings about $4.


YOU NEED TO COPY AND PASTE INTO BROWSER SORRY:
http://nitropwr.tripod.com/AirTank/DSCF0060.JPG
http://nitropwr.tripod.com/AirTank/DSCF0056.JPG

and... I just found a Mini air pump that's good for 250 psi, that I may just attach to this.. its only $9... I may even go to a local mechanic shop and tack weld it on.. yeah I know what your saying... I could have bought one right?.. WHAT FUN IS THAT, i'm a hobbyist, i like putting things together...

Do you think i need a water trap?
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Default RE: Air Tank for Air brushing

depends what "kind" of air went into the tank...you should get a moisture trap no matter what though...to be on the safe side! The pics don't work, you should host it on http://www.photobucket.com

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