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Old 02-15-2002, 12:43 AM   #1
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affordable compressor questions

Okay, I did a search on compressors and only got 3 results, none of them helped... so...

Where should I go to find a good priced compressor? I'd like to spend under $100 if at all possible as I'm rather poor, but want to finish some work and am tired of using the cans.

Umm.. I don't know if we can post wanted-to-buy ads, but if anyone has a good quiet running compressor they don't want, let me know

Also, what should I look for in a compressor?
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They just ran an article about compressed air options in Scale Auto. Here's a link to it:

http://www.scaleautomag.com/sca/feat...es/SAP0302.pdf

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They just ran an article about compressed air options in Scale Auto. Here's a link to it:

http://www.scaleautomag.com/sca/feat...es/SAP0302.pdf

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I should've known with a name like Jay, that you'd rock. hehehe... thanks, that helped a bit.

I actually have a real good hobby shop near me that had a cool looking silent compressor for like $125... I can't remember the name, but they don't sell anything of low quality... I'm just hoping for a lower price. The online search continues.
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I've seen compressors for $60 in pawn shops around here, but I don't know how loud or compatible they are with airbrushing. Theoretically, anything's compatible with enough adapters.

I kinda like the idea of using a spare tire. Might try that....
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I do have a few ugly donut spares around that I'm never gonna use...

I was thinking of just getting a big funnel adapter and eating a lot of beans
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I brought my compressor yesterday here in the UK for 70, ive not seen any cheaper than that.
http://www.machinemart.co.uk/product...0&r=2007&g=102
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Have you used it yet? How is it?
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not got around to spraying any paint yet but i was testing with water and it seems fine. Spent most of today building a spray booth, will get down to some spraying on monday.
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Are you going to be spraying inside? I still do all mine outside....
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I love a good spray booth and an open door/window for ventilation. Seems to control any possible problems with wind/leaves/bugs/whatever getting in the paint. I've had PLENTY of stupid problems with that. Just my luck I guess.

If you spray inside, make sure you get a good mask. Unless brain damage is a turn on to anyone here. hehe :licker:
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I brought my compressor yesterday here in the UK for 70, ive not seen any cheaper than that.
http://www.machinemart.co.uk/product...0&r=2007&g=102
About how loud is that beast? It's only temporary, but I live in an apartment right now with a bunch of annoying neighbors that like to complain about noise. Plus I always work late at night so I don't want to wake people up.
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I kinda like the idea of using a spare tire. Might try that....

Air coming from the tire can be dirty and/or humid. It can fail paintjob.

As for noise issue I know some people use compressors from refrigerator for airbrush. It silent but need some hardware to connect (adapter/pressure regulator)
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I use tyres and have no trouble, but you must use good moisture trap and have tube in tyre, tyres are the cheapest way to go, their silent and you get 15 to 20 minutes out of each tyre easy!
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About how loud is that beast? It's only temporary, but I live in an apartment right now with a bunch of annoying neighbors that like to complain about noise. Plus I always work late at night so I don't want to wake people up.
its actually not that loud - box says less than 50db! Just makes a bit of a rumble, im sure u wont get hassle from the neihbours!

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Are you going to be spraying inside? I still do all mine outside....
Ive taken over the shed at the top of the garden for my spraying. Before two days ago i had just a cardboard box to catch over spray which does nothing to help at all.The entire shed has a layer of fine dust from the auto paints ive been using so far. Now i have built myself a booth with a fan at the top it should be pretty much dust free from now on.
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Spent most of today building a spray booth, will get down to some spraying on monday.

do you have drawings of spray booth?
sizes,material,etc
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