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Post by urbano on Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:29 pm

I want to do airbrushing and I don't know what brand to get a lot of people recommend that iwata but it's kind of expensive.what is the difference in the cheaper brands like a Masters is there really a big difference.I want to use it for tattoos facepainting some body art and normally my gigs are only three hours.
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Post by Forest-Fairy on Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:29 am

You get what you pay for when it comes to compressors. Iwatta is one of the best. I have the Iwatta Maxx-Jet. and it's served me well. So quiet too. 

For brushes I recommend Paasche.

They have fewer parts then iwatta, which makes for easier cleaning and quicker trouble shooting.

The two i have are
http://www.chicagoairbrushsupply.com/pavldoacai.html
http://www.chicagoairbrushsupply.com/pahssesiacai.html

I did a lot of research and read a lot of reviews before buying this setup, and am more then happy with it.

Also you can totally call chicagoairbrushsupply customer support, those guys REALLY know their stuff. I was going to go with badger before talking with them, and the guy on the phone sold me on the Paasche. He was totally right too, i tried a few badger ones friends have, and i like my Paasche way better.
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Post by artyfacesbyluz on Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:38 pm

To tell the truth most compressors will do the job, but before you spend your money buying cheap compressors, save it and buy the good one.

I have these 2 :http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Airbrush-Kit-Compressor-Nail-Art-Tattoo-Dual-Action-Spray-Air-Brush-Gun-Set-/370917439223?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item565c66f6f7
Worked good for me for doing simple tattoos, it doesn't do face painting or body painting.
Then I got these one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-3-Airbrush-Compressor-Kit-Dual-Action-Spray-Air-Brush-Set-Tattoo-Nail-Art-/140975810534?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20d2d027e6

It works for face painting, body painting and the professional tattoos that wiser is doing, the BIG problem is that it doesn't have a cool system, so if you worked it for 5 minutes it will shut off and then you will have to wait 10 minutes to use it again, the regulator is hard to control so it is so hard to work with different kind of paints.
I bought them 5 years ago for the double of price they are right now, I even bougth one a home depot that is only good for my husband to work with.
Now after a long of research I got these one:
http://www.chicagoairbrushsupply.com/iwpojetpro.html
and I am crazy about it: it has 2 regulators, so 2 people can work at the same time, or I just use one for white paint that needs more pressure to come out, silent and nice, the bad thing is that is very heavy 25lbs. The other one: Iwata Smart Jet Pro IS-875 Compressor is a well recommended too.

About Paasche and Iwata guns, that is like an Apple and a Samsung phone, is only one side love, at FABAIC I asked about 2 paasche guns I have and everyone said I should resell they on Ebay because they were useless, and I should only have an Iwata Eclipse, after I tried both I personally LOVE my paasche guns, they are the most reliable guns ever, they never clog and they are easy to clean, I will say don't buy one single action guns because you are so limited on what you can do with them.
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Post by rthling on Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:46 am

Great info! I've been considering investing this way for years now. Just haven't pulled the trigger.
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Re: What brand of air compressor

Post by Sweet Loretta on Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:03 pm

Sound like you need to run at leas 6 airbrushes at one time. The brands do vary, the buying points are what need to be met. You need a compressor that has - Zero to 40 PSI, Auto Shut-off, Air Storage Tank, Oil-Less, easy to carry/pack.

After over 40 years of airbrush experience I still prefer Iwata. They are is the top of the line in airbrush. I have 3 Iwata compressors, a Sparmaxx and a small one that is unknown.

IMO just buy a top name brand. Several of the top brands are simply the same compressor under private label, while others are -simply look-a-likes but are lessor quality.
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Post by Forest-Fairy on Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:04 pm

When it comes to compressors, I agree, Iwatta it top notch, and the Maxx Jet has all those qualities listed.

When it comes to airbrush.... I'll never buy another Iwatta so long as i live, at least not for the high paced world of body painting. Too finicky, too many parts, makes trouble shooting take too long. Also the price is a bit much.

But that's just my opinion of course.
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Post by Hoodat Whatzit on Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:29 pm

Sweet Loretta wrote:Sound like you need to run at leas 6 airbrushes at one time.  

That would depend on the type of system you use. You could do bottles and change out the bottles when switching colors. You just have to blow out the airbrush when switching. My dad painted t-shirts and auto tags for years (not to mention all the ride fronts and food joints) and never used multiple brushes. He always swore he could change a bottle as fast as the other guys who had six air rushes could put one down and pick up another. My dad also hates the gravity feed systems.

I was watching a FABA TV class not long ago (just curious about the airbrushing) and the instructor was hyping a new airbrush he was designing to use a specific brand of paint in bottles (no need to clear colors when switching) I have to say, I wasn't all that impressed. He was doing sugar skulls and using stencils. Full body painting...maybe I could see it but even given that it was a tutorial, he wasn't any faster than most of the really good facepainters who use brushes. If you were really good at free handing with the airbrush that would be something.

I wondered about having my dad airbrush bases and then do the line work with a brush but sponging bases seems much less hassle.

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Re: What brand of air compressor

Post by Sweet Loretta on Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:37 pm

Most artist doing face and body art as a business use and start with 6 brushes.  One may certainly start with one or two but that will mean a lot of swapping out of colors.  Using six brushes you'll want to swap out anyway for more colors, but that will get you going in the right direction.  I have taught hundreds in the face and body art community how to airbrush in far too many private and convention class to count. Of course everything depends on the system (or brand) an artist wants.

Again the top brands are all good. Iwata, Badger, Paasche, all make brushes and compressors. Most the top instructors and top face and body artist I know use Iwata. However many use a brand because they are asked or given and opportunity to rep that brush, or it is a brush they started with. There are many factors for choosing. Good quality works they real issue is how well the artist can use the tool. As for compressors the same buy the best quality you can afford. I tell SFX artist and when we are body painting on the road to get a $90 compressor from a big named tool store. As this is all that is needed. But to do three hour gigs I would get some thing that stores air. That is a cost around $250 to $400.

The FABATV was showing a EBA Zero G set up.

The compressor for a Zero G vs "regular" or as I like to say real airbrushes does not vary. Use the same compressor.

The Zero G is great for tattoos and face painting , less so for body art. I base that on feed back from some well known body painters who work with EBA.  But one can use it for body art.  It is a good system I will be showing it at the ST Louis Convention. Not sure I may be showing Iwata's at BayFABA. I do show they at haunt conventions. Next up ScareLA in Pasadena CA Aug 8 & 9th. Come see me.

Most face and body artist doing tattoos, face painting and or bod painting use siphon/bottom fed airbrushes. And most agree that they can swap out a bottle quickly. Makeup artists most often use gravity/top feed brushes as they need small amounts of makeup. However the compressors only vary by options, i.e. size, holding tank size, etc...
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Re: What brand of air compressor

Post by anniel on Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:26 pm

I ditto Loretta on this as far as body art---zero g2 ust can't do bodies....but I LOVE it for faces & tatts (and especially clean up!)
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