is that enough fire power for board sprays?
You don't need much, this one is way cheaper and is relatively quiet: https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q=airbrush%20compressor . If you need complete quiet, get a portable tank and fill it from a compressor or at a gas station. 25-30 PSI will shoot most acrylics in the small craft bottles when thinned properly.
If noise isn't an issue, you can just buy a small normal compressor and use a regulator for airbrushing. You can use that for a lot of other stuff including blowing out the airbrush after cleaning. Get an adapter for the airbrush hose to a regular quick connect and use a filter.
True and if you are gonna spend extra $$ on anything, spend it on a higher quality airbrush. The Japanese guns are the best for the $$ IMO.
So I don’t need a tank or extra horse power? Ive seen some big compressors after researching.
More knowledge begets more questions....
how much noise we talkin? More than a planer? I have a two year old.
i cant imagine a scenario at the moment where im doing back to back board sprays. Im probably going to use it then not touch it for another month.
i just want something that works and wont break.
do i need the 10 gallon tank and 3HP at 150psi?
The small airbrush kits as shown in the ads make almost no noise , the bigger you go the more noise .
If all I did was use an air brush; a tankless compressor designed to be used with an airbrush would be fine. When you talk about spraying a board though you may be mistaken in thinking that an air brush is the proper tool.. An airbrush is a detail tool used for art and detail work. An automotive cup gun is used for larger areas. A whole board, one side or stripes and panels. They have the cup on top and are gravity fed. You can buy one that is adequate for $20 at Habor Freight. After years of doing this I would never buy less than a 10 gal. tank compressor and prefer a 20. Buy one smaller than that and you will find out why. You will be in the middle of a pass with the cup gun and you’re out of air. Standing there waiting for your little compressor to catch up. And if you don’t let the tank fill you won’t get thru the next pass. Also you can quickly air up a tire or run a nail gun with a bigger compressor. Unless you are going to do a lot of detailed art work; You need a cup gun. Keep it clean and blown out. A cheap gun clean up kit is a good investment. You are looking at a total investment of $200 — $250.
This is why I come here!
Yes, I've been putting an airbrushing and spray gun under the "airbrush" umbrella. I've never painted a thing yet, so the detailed stuff is not what I'm looking to get into yet.
Can the airbrushes be used on a larger compressor/tanks too or is it too much power? Can you turn the PSI down?
I understand that the following tanks are too small but I'm trying to educate myself:
Why is one $40 and the next $150? Going by specs there is not a ton of difference. But same brand and a large discrepency in price. What's the reason?
No idea. My Son bought a 20 gal. Oil less on sale for $149. Uses it to run a die grinder to grind rust off Vintage Bicycles. No problem, trouble free. The cup gun is $20. Add a hose and fittings. You are talking less than $200
I bought everything from Harbor Freight for $260 including tax.
I went with this compressor for the slightly larger tank and the better CFM specs:
This spray gun but I'm less convinced that this is what I need:
Then I bought misc. stuff: filters, strainers, hoses, blow gun, oil, etc.
Lowel is absolutely correct about airbrushes and cup guns. You just won't get heavy or wide enough paint delivery from a brush. For a general purpose compressor, this one is good and quieter than most: https://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools-compressors/air-compressors-tanks/8-gallon-15-hp-150-psi-oil-free-portable-air-compressor-64294.html . I wouldn't go smaller than a 8 gal tank, the compressor will just run more and then more noise. I have a 20 gal tank (for home) that I put a EPS box over (made from 2" insulation board) when the compressor is running. 20 gal still doesn't last that long at 70 psi which is normally used for just blowing off dust.