To Airbrush Fondant Or Just Color The Fondant???

Decorating By neelycharmed Updated 28 Aug 2009 , 11:25am by Malakin

neelycharmed Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 5:57pm
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I am thinking about buying an airbrush gun, and was wondering how useful would it be to me. I mainly do wedding cakes and birthday cakes (with fondant)
I don't want to spend $600.00 on something I'm just going to use every now and then.
Do you airbrush over fondant to get your color, or do you just color your fondant?
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15 replies
bisbqueenb Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 6:07pm
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Actually, both! some colors such as light pastels, color nicely in the fondant/gumpaste, but I find the darker the color the easier it is to airbrush it on! LOTS of uses for an airbrush....mine is more than 30 years old and STILL gets a lot of use!

jenbug_8806 Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 6:29pm
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I bought my airbrush about a year ago and it is the best thing that I have ever bought for my cakes! It saves so much time and work! I love mine and I only paid $200 for mine on Airbrush City . com .

neelycharmed Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 9:18pm
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thanks! I used a airbrush gun at the bakery I worked at, but it wasn't very good- it kind of had a wide spray so it covered way too much of the cake.

Is there a certain brand that is better then the other?

I'm hopefully going to buy one next month...
Happy Birthday to me! lol

Loucinda Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 12:11pm
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I own a Badger and a GREX. Hands down the GREX gun is much better to work with. I just used the same compressor.

Kiddiekakes Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 12:28pm
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I too love my airbrush..I use it on nearly every cake ...especailly to spray in pearl.I have the kopykake airmaster and it is really good.

neelycharmed Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 1:53pm
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The kopycake airbrush system is what I was thinking about getting.
Its the complete kit with compressor, and a starter kit with colors..
I know i will need many more then 12! lol
Thanks For letting me know which brand you use !

sweetiej4 Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 3:09pm
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i love my airbrush as well, and i highly reccommend it... you can buy some books or take a class to learn more uses for it. or you can just play around with it!
my aribrush seems to be "spitting" at times... anyone know how to fix it? it is not clogged...i have replaced the needle as well...

all4cake Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 3:23pm
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The only time mine spits is if I've used lustre in it. I have DH take care of it. He completely disassembles it and cleans it with the solution....toothpicks...needles...brings it back and it's fine....until I use the lustre again.

Darthburn Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 1:59am
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I just got an airbrush and I wish I would have bought one sooner.

Now I'm going to be really careful about what I say, and others can jump in on what they believe too:

From what I researched, the main concern for a compressor is that it's oil-less since you're using it for food. All the airbrushes I have seen for food or otherwise are the same.

I found a small, oil-less 40 psi compressor with an airbrush kit at Harbor Freight for about $70. The thing works awesome! Compared with some of the prices of Kopycake, you could buy 4 of these to one Kopycake. It has an inline moisture knockout so the air is nice and dry. The only thing missing is a pressure regulator (if you want one) and you can pick an inline one up really cheap.

I talked with another memver hear a week or so about the same... they wanted a 50 psi. I think my 40 psi is fine, but you get what you want to get. I think 40 psi could blow a hole in fondant and BC let alone going to 50 psi.

Any way... maybe this will help you with your decision to get one. Hope that helps! Good Luck! icon_smile.gif

cakeroach Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 2:13am
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wow, i have never seen an airbrush system for cakes that costs $600.00.

Rylan Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 2:32am
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I would airbrush if it was a darker color. I would actually prefer airbrush because it's a lot easier.

Rylan Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 2:34am
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But that's if I had an airbrush machine

auntginn Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 5:29am
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I am on my second airbrush. First one was stolen. I love using it, mixing colors and so on. If mine spits its dirty. What I love most is the awesome look you get. That shiny glow that tells everyone you worked ever so hard and their cake is special. You can't get that from mixing.

There are some heavy duty airbrush sets that are pricey but the cost is in the compressor. The advice I was given is that if you are going to use the airbrush often, almost daily, use heavy duty like the bakeries do. otherwise a low cost compressor will work out fine.


neelycharmed Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 10:48am
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cakeroach... $600.00 is what it costs for me here in NL, Canada.
that's the only one I can find in Canada,
I would buy one from the states but with the customs fees/$ rate its probably not much of a difference in price.
My birthday is next month.... now I know what to tell hubby to get me...
yay me!!
thanks everyone!

Malakin Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 11:25am
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My daughter bought this for me for xmas. Love it! It is an intermediate model so quite easy for beginners. Comes with LARGE americolor bottles of color, tape for connections, dual brush. I thought it was an awesome deal. You can also order it from their website
It wasn't overkill, didn't cost too much and if I can remember, shipping was about $50.00.

Mine also wouldn't work initially, they immediately sent another one when I called, didn't eve want me to return the first, and also gave me tech support on the phone.

I airbrush everything I can anymore.

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