An airbrush compressor kit is an essential tool for airbrush artists, who require specialized tools to work with. There are all kinds of kits available in the market these days, right from the most expensive ones that can be in the range of a few hundred dollars to elementary ones starting from 20. Where you buy the airbrush equipment is also an important factor to consider.
What Does an Airbrush Kit Contain?
What an airbrush compressor kit contains depends, to a great extent, on what you want to use it for. There are kits that can be used for airbrushing T-shirts, cake decorating, and application of make up, and painting of automobiles. Typically, all airbrush kits will include the following basic items – airbrush compressors, siphon tubes, connective hoses, and airbrushes.
Buying Kits at Retail Stores
Discount retail stores will usually provide you good bargains when it comes to buying an airbrush compressor kit. While these kits will be cheaper, they might also be less advanced, the kinds that can only be used by children or beginners. The kits won’t even have the essential airbrushes accessories. There are also several specialty stores where you can pick up a good kit, but you may end up paying through your nose for it.
Buying from an Art Supplies Retailer
Stores that deal in art supplies are your best bet, if you are looking for an advanced airbrush compressor kit. Not only do they have a good range of products, they will also be able to give you special discounts on them.
Online art suppliers also have a great variety of airbrush kits. Though the price may not be significantly different than any retail or art supplies store, you have the comfort of looking for a product of your choice without stepping out of your house. Read the product description carefully before you buy it, and keep in mind the shipping and handling charges, as they will increase the overall cost of the product.
A gravity fed airbrush can’t spray as thick of paints as a suction fed airbrush. Paint for a gravity fed airbrush needs to be thinned to approximately the consistency of milk to work properly. Thicker paints tend to clog the gravity fed airbrushes easier than the suction fed. A contributing factor to this is that the suction fed airbrushes use more air pressure (psi) than the gravity fed brushes, so they are better able to blast out the thicker paints without clogging.
So which type of airbrush is better? Again, it really just comes down to personal preference and what you plan to use your airbrush set to paint. Both the gravity fed and suction fed airbrushes have their advantages. By taking the time to learn about and evaluate which airbrush you should buy, you can rest assured that you’ll make a great choice!