Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Airbrush Tank Conversion

Airbrush Tank

Converted my Dad's old oxygen tank to an air reservoir and added fittings so that my Badger 250-2 Airbrush could be attached to it. This is the next step of my insane quest to not have to buy an air compressor to be able to paint with an airbrush. Before that, Please don't try this at home if you are not experienced in working with pressurized devices as well as have no knowledge of the physical working properties of air.

Some manufacturers sell cans of compressed air for use with an airbrush. This is just me taking it to the next level. To refill it I'll have to visit my friend in order to borrow his air compressor to fill the tank up. I did a test spray with it using some cheap water based acrylic paint and it was able to spray. Can't really say about the quality of the paint job though (refer to picture below).

Airbrush Tank Conversion

I'm thinking that it could be caused by my spray being too strong or my mixture was bad. Still trying to get the hang of this paint mixing and stuff. For the spray being strong, I'm thinking of buying an air regulator since the built in regulator of the tank doesn't have a guage and I'm just adjusting it blindly.

I previously tried a cheap tire compressor that was laying around the house but found out that it wasn't generating enough pressure to get the airbrush to deliver the air-paint mixture.

My wife is actually telling me to invest on an air compressor already, maybe I'll do that in the future, but for now, trying to solve a problem like this is actually quite fun. And besides, the money saved If I'm able to get this to work could be used to buy a more expensive, double action, airbrush.