The component parts of an airbrush system include an air source, air hoses,
moisture traps, and regulators.
Any nonflammable air source capable of generating enough pounds per
square inch (PSI) pressure to propel pigment in air is suitable for airbrush
use. DO NOT USE FLAMMABLE GASES SUCH AS OXYGEN. Air
supplies may include pressurized aerosol cans, cylinders of inert gas, inner
tubes, or air compressors with or without air storage tanks. Compressors
without tanks operate continuously. Compressors with tanks operate until air
builds to a specified pressure, then shuts off. If air pressure drops, the motor
on the compressor turns on. Air compressors are the preferred source of air
supply because the air pressure is continual and can be regulated and stored.
Air compressors may be located away from the airbrush artist to maintain a
quiet work environment.
Figure 6-8 shows an air compressor with a storage tank.
Figure 6-8.An air compressor with a storage tank.
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