Preval Sprayer 3.48 @ Home Depot

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RisqueBusiness Posted 9 Jan 2007 , 8:54pm
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I remember someone posting that someone on E-bay was selling them for 5.00 each.

They have them at home depot for 3.48 each.

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moydear77 Posted 9 Jan 2007 , 11:46pm
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Yes they do! I think mine were either that price of four dollars??

I love the little buggers!

kincaellan Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 4:48am
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I still dont' get why you wouldn't use an airbrush...
unless the preval sprayer sprays dry stuff too.?
It doesn't sound cost effective in the long run.
Am I wrong?

moydear77 Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 5:11am
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I like it because I can grab it easily and get filled and be done. I don't have a home for my airbrush and it is on can air still. Either way for overall covering it is nice to have.

mrsright41401 Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 8:54am
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I like it because at the moment it is simply all I can afford. I have two major items on my list that I'm dying to get - an airbrush and the Agbay leveler. With both at 200 dollars, I'm having to wait a long time.

superstar Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 9:16am
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Does this work like an airbrush type system? I have never seen one. What section is it in at Home Depot?

kaychristensen Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 9:38am
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I have seen the other post and wondered about them also. What are they?? I would like some info on them if anyone could share. Thanks so much. I would also like an airbrush but other things on wish list needed way before that can happen. So any alternatives are welcome.

beachcakes Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 12:31pm
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To you who have the Preval, does it cover better than the Wilton mists? I haven't had much luck with the Wilton - they spray blotchy. I'd love a real airbrush someday icon_wink.gif

Marksgirl Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 12:52pm
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Another question (this might be stupid ouch.gif ) But would you use the same ink (not sure if that is what you would call it) as you would for the airbrushe?

As you can tell I don't know what much about this subject icon_redface.gif


mrsright41401 Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 1:02pm
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It has a can that is a propellant that sprays whatever you put in a bottle (provided) that you attach to the bottom. It's more of a spray paint system than an airbrush system, but it gives you the overall cover effect that an airbrush would give you. Details, not so much.

If it works better than the Wilton stuff... my limited experience with the Wilton stuff would say maybe. icon_biggrin.gif Only because it depends what you put in the sprayer. If you use just gel colors and grain alcohol it can still be grainy/blotchy. You have to develop a technique of slow but constant movement, and that helps.

And yes, you can use airbrush colors but it still isn't going to be 100% the same.

And with that,

I hope it helps.


HeatherMari Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 1:12pm
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Ok, I am not CONVINCED that any chain store that comes to Saginaw, MI is low grade!! My Home Depot doesn't have it and when I asked the girl in the paint department about it she looked at me like I had two heads! UGH! I want one of these!! Does anyone know any place else that carries them besides Ebay?

Marksgirl Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 1:21pm
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Thank you soooo much for the info icon_biggrin.gif I think that should "cover" it icon_lol.gif

Have a great day,


Charb31 Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 1:26pm
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not sure if this falls into this category, BUT.... DH bought me an airbrush kit (like the one you use for model cars...airplanes..etc) and a small compressor from the pet department. I am so afraid of using the canned air that comes with it, I sprayed it once, and it omitted a horrible gas smell. Anyhow, how would this one from Testor compare to the one from Preval? I'm hoping someone can help me. If I can spend 5.00 compared to 60.00, then I'm all for it. I, too, am awaiting for my money tree to grow. Thanks for any help.

cakesbykellie Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 1:34pm
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you can order things online at i havent checked for the Preval sprayer. I may pick one up for a test run and see what i can do wih it! for 3.48, why not!

moydear77 Posted 10 Jan 2007 , 3:17pm
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This can not rpleace the duties of an airbrush. As stated it is a overall coverage product. No fine detail work.
You can use edible airbrush colors in it.
There is also talk about food safety. It runs along the same concept as using a can air for the sir brush.HTH

danasflowers Posted 11 Jan 2007 , 6:57am
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It wasn't on home depots web site, but I did a google search.. Here is what it is and a picture.

The Preval Sprayer is a self contained, completely portable, disposable unit which operates on the "Venturi-Vacuum" principle.When the spray button is depressed, the gas or vapor phase of the propellant in the Power Unit passes over the open product orifice in the spray button, reducing the pressure at the orifice and creating a vacuum.The vacuum draws the liquid from the product container #268 up through the dip tube and internal tubing into the spray button where it is forced out of the button orifice by the gas stream.This action changes the liquid into small particles that form an excellent spray pattern.


1.)...The Power Unit #268: This unit consists of a plastic spray button, an aluminum cartridge/valve assembly containing 3 ounces of propellant, under pressure, and a plastic threaded coupling with a vent hole (all pre-assembled).Each Power Unit will spray up to 16 ounces of liquid before it must be replaced.

2)...The Product Container #269: The Product Container is glass and is reusable. The containers are marked with one ounce graduations up to the maximun fill line. The threading of the bottle is a special 38-400 finish that coresponds to the power unit so that a proper seal is established between them to allow for correct venting during use.

superstar Posted 11 Jan 2007 , 8:53am
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Thanks for such a great explanation & the picture.

BlakesCakes Posted 12 Jan 2007 , 8:53pm
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I posted more on
this in another sub-forum--link below.

I e-mailed the makers of the Preval Sprayer for info on food safety. It is NOT approved for food use. The Preval sprayer uses propane, isobutane, and ether as propellents.

This sprayer is not merely "compressed air". Indeed, most of the propellents will be released into the air when using this, BUT you are passing dusts THROUGH the propellent when spraying this, so it stands to reason that the dust will pick up some of the propellent components. I would think that the closer you spray to the item, the bigger the issue. The product is considered a workplace and environmental hazard in several states.


moydear77 Posted 12 Jan 2007 , 9:20pm
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It is along the same lines as using canned air for my airbrush.

BlakesCakes Posted 12 Jan 2007 , 9:49pm
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Sorry, MaryAnn, but I disagree--heartily.

Most canned air or compressed air products are air under pressure, some with ether as the propellent (that's why it's cold when sprayed). They don't inlcude propane (a petroleum derivative that is heavier than air) or isobutane. It is these additional propellants that are the primary concern, as they increase flammability and and don't evaporate as completely as just ether.


moydear77 Posted 12 Jan 2007 , 9:58pm
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Badger cans

Contains 1,1-Difluoroethane (CAS# 75-37-6); and Butane (CAS#106-97-icon_cool.gif.
Liquide propellant can freeze skin or eye tissue.
Extremely flammable.

Is this much safer???

BlakesCakes Posted 12 Jan 2007 , 10:01pm
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Doubt it--wouldn't use either one, personally.


moydear77 Posted 12 Jan 2007 , 10:04pm
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Butane from what I have read is synthetically made from petroleum. So that is what I was saying when it was along the same lines as the canned air that I use for my airbrush. Both those are in Badger can air.

BlakesCakes Posted 12 Jan 2007 , 10:24pm
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I'm not trying to "pick on" anyone here, please.

I believe that if the dust being applied to the cake passes through a product (canned air, compressed air, Preval propellant mixture) that contains petroleum derivatives or extracts (propane, butane, isobutane, etc.), then there is an unacceptable risk of contaminating the dust (and therefore the cake) with petroleum residues. I'm not comfortable with that, for many reasons not the least of which is liability for an allergic response. None of these products is approved for direct application to food and I don't think they qualify as non-toxic (but I haven't researched this or read a can label to see).

The only really non-toxic, completely safe way to aerosolize dusts is with an air compressor and a dedicated airbrush and hose.


moydear77 Posted 12 Jan 2007 , 10:29pm
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No I didn't think that you were picking-I just wanted to be sure that when I made the statement that preval was like using my badger with can air I was correct in saying that. Now as far as the safety concern I understand your point. So now everyone will question using canned air for a airbrush also!
I use badger air.

Cakepro Posted 19 Jan 2007 , 6:07pm
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Can someone give me the SKU number for this product? The Home Depot people around here are absolutely clueless.


SweetResults Posted 19 Jan 2007 , 11:49pm
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So do you put a mixture of alcohol and dust, or liquid color, or gel color? If you use airbrush color do you mix that with anything?

I appreciate all the information - it would be great on dummy cakes. Did we hear back from Duff yet?

Cakepro Posted 19 Jan 2007 , 11:58pm
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Disregard the request for the SKU, as I found it at my local Ace Hardware.

Sweetresults, airbrush colors don't have to be mixed or cut with anything. They're ready to use.

The ratio of alcohol to luster dust is 4:1 for airbrushing or aerosolizing dusts.

Hope that helps,
Sherri Lindsey

SweetResults Posted 3 Feb 2007 , 7:43pm
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Can I use Americolor liquid cut with something as well? Water or alcohol?


eema2four Posted 3 Feb 2007 , 7:54pm
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BTW propane and butane are often in aerosol canned food products!

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