Which Airbrush System Should I Get?

Decorating By TheBlonde Updated 27 Oct 2009 , 1:48am by icalise

TheBlonde Posted 12 Sep 2009 , 2:32pm
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So I've never used an airbrush system before but I'd like to buy one. I'm not sure how much I will be using it so I don't want to buy a really expensive one but I wanted something that will work well. Any suggestions?

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ski Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 2:23pm
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I started with small kopykake system about 100ish. I then upgraded to the Air Master. Even though the kopykake is less expensive, I wish I hadn't bought it, as now it sits. I love the Air Master !!

TheBlonde Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 10:57am
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Thank you ski. Wow, I really thought I would get more responses to this post since a lot of you use airbrush systems...anyone else want to chime in?

grandmom Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 1:39pm
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I think the problem with more replies is that there are multiple threads going on about this very topic! I've read them all and still can't decide!

pattigunter Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 2:04pm
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I just bought the beginner airbrush system from TCB Global off of ebay and it works fine. The only thing I wish I had gotten extra was some sort of holder for the airbrush to keep it from spilling when I'm not holding it. I think I only paid about $80 for it plus shipping.

lthiele Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 3:17am
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I'm thinking about getting one too and if I could add a question - please forgive me if it's totally stupid...... "Are there special food quality airbrushes or can you buy any type and just use food colourings?" icon_redface.gif

leah_s Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 3:20am
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You should definitely use colors made for the airbrush. Less clogs, less "spitting" and you will be much happier.

bemecheli Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 3:30am
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I just bought the one from tcb global also the cheapest that i found 50.00 includeing shipping on ebay, i dint know how much im going to airbrush and dint want to spend 2-3 hundred for something that would be sitting on the shelf so this 50 doller one had the same specs as the 2-3 hundered one so i went with it. Should be getting it tomarrow and cant wait to use it. Oh and it came with 4 colors.

lthiele Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 3:38am
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Originally Posted by leah_s

You should definitely use colors made for the airbrush. Less clogs, less "spitting" and you will be much happier.




Yeah but does the airbrush itself have to be "Food Standard" or is there no such thing? Do they have different ones for painting, make up, cake decorating etc? Sorry to be vague - just all really new to me. icon_redface.gif Tried a google search, but couldn't find the answser.

laceycakes Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 3:54am
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I just got my aribrush system yesterday and have been playing with it today. It is so much fun. I got mine off of ebay (TCP GLobal). It came with a dual action brush and a trigger brush plus 12 - .65 oz bottles of color. I believe it was $109.00 if I remember correctly. It comes with Americolor brand colors which are food safe colors. I thought there might be a special airbrush just for cake decorating. I don't think there is. I think that any airbrush, as long as you only use food colors in it, can be used for cake decorating. I saw on a different thread that some had a budget of $200 and someone recommended that they go to Harbor Freight and purchase a small compressor and airbrush. My dad, who flies radio control airplanes, say that his buddies use the exact same compressor to inflate the tires of their airplanes. So I think things can be pretty universal until you decide that you are using it for food products.

Hope that helps. I racked my brain too when I was trying to decide which one to get.

Just make sure that the compressor has adjustable PSI so you can control the air coming out and not blow holes in your icing!!

lthiele Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 4:01am
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Originally Posted by laceycakes

Just make sure that the compressor has adjustable PSI so you can control the air coming out and not blow holes in your icing!!




Check! icon_lol.gif Thanks laceycakes! I'm so impressed by some of the cakes that have been coming up, I can't wait to have a play too!

TheBlonde Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 10:54am
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Originally Posted by laceycakes

I just got my aribrush system yesterday and have been playing with it today. It is so much fun. I got mine off of ebay (TCP GLobal). It came with a dual action brush and a trigger brush plus 12 - .65 oz bottles of color. I believe it was $109.00 if I remember correctly. It comes with Americolor brand colors which are food safe colors. I thought there might be a special airbrush just for cake decorating. I don't think there is. I think that any airbrush, as long as you only use food colors in it, can be used for cake decorating. I saw on a different thread that some had a budget of $200 and someone recommended that they go to Harbor Freight and purchase a small compressor and airbrush. My dad, who flies radio control airplanes, say that his buddies use the exact same compressor to inflate the tires of their airplanes. So I think things can be pretty universal until you decide that you are using it for food products.

Hope that helps. I racked my brain too when I was trying to decide which one to get.

Just make sure that the compressor has adjustable PSI so you can control the air coming out and not blow holes in your icing!!




wow...thanks! I think I may go check some out on ebay. That is completlely within my price range. Thank you!

laceycakes Posted 17 Sep 2009 , 2:32pm
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Glad to be of help!!

paulstonia Posted 22 Oct 2009 , 11:13pm
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Ok, hope someone can help me. I just got the airbrush and compressor from TCB Global, and can't figure out how to hook the hose up to the compressor. It didn't come with any directions. Help. Am I missing an adapter or something?

laceycakes Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 11:23pm
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My hose screws directly into the compressor. My airbrush also screws into the hose too, but I have to take off the piece that would be used with a quick release valve. Hope that helps. Have fun with your airbrush!

FullHouse Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 8:29pm
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I had been checking Harbor Freight online and saw the 30 PSI Central Pneumatic compressor for $69.99, which according to other posts is a great price. I noticed that they have a store location in my area, so I called to see what the in store price is, IT IS ON SALE FOR $49.99 until Nov 9!!!! Right near dh's office, so he can pick it up for me. Always happy to save $20. The 40 PSI model is also on sale $59.99, but that ends today.

Now I just need to figure out which airbrush sizes I need (Paasche VL #1 & #5, or #1,3&5). Anyone know?

icalise Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 8:56pm
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I bought the airmaster today thanks!

FullHouse Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 9:00pm
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Originally Posted by icalise

I bought the airmaster today thanks!




Have fun!!!

icalise Posted 27 Oct 2009 , 1:48am
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Thanks!

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