Duff's Airbrush Machine

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BrightDelights Posted 19 May 2011 , 3:50am
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I bought the Duff airbrush yesterday and am really happy with it. It's not the GREX that I really want, but I think it will be a good fix for now. It's better than not having one!

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sunset74 Posted 19 May 2011 , 4:07am
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At my Michaels, once they got the new asile set up it is on the shelf next to Duff's new Airbrush colors. They look like little bottles of Americolor. The bo is NOT big at all, so don't be searching for a big one. It is also green from what I remember. We only had one in stock. It might be on the shelf and it may be locked up. Ours is out on the shelf.

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ATCakes Posted 19 May 2011 , 4:48am
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Originally Posted by deb4oscar

I got an airbrush for christmas and my husband got it from Americolor.
www.tcpglobal.com has some good deals and it works really good for me. Now I only do cakes for family and friends so the small one is wonderful. Now my husband does want to break out his air compressor because its bigger but bigger is not always better....

I have to agree. The Duff one doesn't look that great. I would do some research. I started with a basic one with the aquarium pump compressor and now I have the Aztec that Roland Winbeckler uses. It came with a variety of cups and tips for different uses.

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cake_architect Posted 19 May 2011 , 5:12am
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my bf bought me the kopykake airmaster last year and when i got it i was super excited to use it. it worked well so when i was done i cleaned it exactly according to the directions (using their brand cleaner) and put it away. when i tried it again another day, the gun kept sticking and started splattering, so i cleaned it again then retried it. i tried it a few more times over the course of several days but i couldn't get it to work right, so finally i decided to call them to return it. they were verrryyyyy rude and told me i was the first person to ever be unhappy with the system/ have problems and return it. after giving me the run-around for days, they finally took it back with some restocking fee deduction. it was such a horrible experience and i'm super scared to get another airbrush! any advice? maybe i could get duff's just to play with a bit... :/

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cheatize Posted 19 May 2011 , 5:55am
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Oddly enough, some of the new Duff stuff was in the aisle with the yarn at the store I visited.

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BrightDelights Posted 19 May 2011 , 5:49pm
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I have to agree. The Duff one doesn't look that great. I would do some research. I started with a basic one with the aquarium pump compressor and now I have the Aztec that Roland Winbeckler uses. It came with a variety of cups and tips for different uses.

Don't get me wrong, the Duff airbrush doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but for the average home baker, it's a nifty little tool. It doesn't take up a lot of space, it's quiet and can do basic coverage and even some basic detail work. I was able to use it with basic airbrush color (that I purchased way cheaper at my local cake supply store) as well as pearl and metallic colors.

If you were going to use an airbrush a lot for major projects, I would probably invest in a stronger powered compressor and dual action gun, but this will get the job for a lot of people at a great price.[/quote]

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dstippy Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 4:46pm
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I used an AC Moore's 55% off coupon for the airbrush at Michael's and they accepted it.

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mommynana Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 7:56pm
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Michaels always accepted A C Moore`s coupon, Thats whats so great about them

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MissMona Posted 20 Oct 2011 , 12:58pm
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What is it that everyone wants to use an airbrush for that this small one won't handle? It does fine detail and overall coverage. Also, you have to clean these things VERY well or they will clog and sputter. Use cleaner and hot water and cleaner and keep spraying until it runs clear. And if you use a glitter/sparkle/pearl, I dilute with vodka and clean extra when done.

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LoriInNashville Posted 4 May 2012 , 5:45pm
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I purchased Duff's airbrush Machine @ Michaels back in November as a birthday present to myself, and LOVE IT! Not because it's "Duff", but because it's a good, quality machine that is specifically made food quality.

I used the airbrush almost immediately on the Pumpkin Patch Cakes that you can find on my profile picture, and in my Gallery. I have also used it on a "Super Bowl" Cake that I made in January.

I am no pro at airbrushing, but it is a FUN thing to learn, and really adds quality and depth to your projects.

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nicunurse Posted 4 May 2012 , 7:45pm
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I have had two, yes two, of Duff's airbrush machines. Both times, the lever you pull back to begin spraying, has broken. The first return, I was lucky and they replaced without question, at Michael's. The second one, not so lucky. The manger actually followed their policy for "technology" items and said I needed to return it to the manufacturer. Well, that stinks, seeing as I needed it right then! So I brought it home and my DH took it apart and "rigged" it so I could at least airbrush the tons of petals I had to do. I do NOT recommend this product. I took excellent care of it, used only a few times before it broke, and meticulously cleaned it after each use. I will be purchasing a better quality machine. icon_smile.gif

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dchinda Posted 7 May 2012 , 10:42pm
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At nicunurse - I have the Duff airbrush & have had the same problem. I just took the whole airbrush gun apart & readjusted the spring & it started working again. I have had to to this a couple of times because the airbrush gun is very delicate & I have accidentally dropped it a few times. Other than this minor problem, I love my Duff airbrush.
Someone else mentioned how expensive the Duff airbrush colors are. I actually just buy the Americolor airbrush colors & they are less than $2 each.

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Crazboutcakes Posted 10 May 2012 , 8:53pm
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I recieved a Duff's airbrush for christmas last year )DH is a good man ) anyway I have just recently gotten around to using it and am having a few issues with the amicolors and wilton colors not clogging up to sprayer :/ not very happy with that. I have been told that you can use vodka to thin it but have issues with using it, I don't drink for one and I really don't know the effects that it has from using it! I know that they say it diapates but I am concerned serving cakes that I apply color to for children and persons on medication. Is there something else I can use or a site that would help me understand this better? Anything you have would help out.

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Paramiget Posted 16 Jul 2012 , 4:02am
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I recently found the duff airbrush and with 50% off coupon bought it. It works good I am new at airbrushing cakes but have done 2 anniversary cakes and couldn't be happier. I have not done much with fine detail but for large sections it works great. I have also done several coloring book pages (a website said they were great for practice) I wouldn't pay full price as was mentioned above you can always get at least 40% off but that brings it into the price range of the cheapest ones I found on the internet.

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reginaherrin Posted 16 Jul 2012 , 5:00am
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@Crazboutcakes, vodka evaporates very quickly and does no leave any residue of alcohol. The only other thing you can use is lemon extract but extracts actually have alcohol in them as well plus I don't like using it because it leaves a lemon smell and flavor to the cake. I would not worry about using vodka at all, handpaint on cakes often and use vodka and I don't think it is a problem.

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BellaLatinaCakes Posted 19 Oct 2012 , 6:55pm
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You guys have me totally STOKED about my airbrush machine. I just ordered mine from GMA yesterday. They advertised a special on their webpage and I got it for $50. I have a carpenters cake to do this weekend. I wish I had it already to do the wood grain.... It's ok.... I'll paint it like I've done in the past.

Crazboutcakes: It's true.... The Vodka is NOT an issue at all..... I buy the smallest and cheapest bottle from the liquor store and it lasts me for months. I use it on my own kids cakes - never a problem.... HAPPY CAKING!!!

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Tammy21122 Posted 19 Oct 2012 , 7:08pm
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I also received the Duff's airbrush at Christmas last year and I love it! I have had no problems with it and have done several cakes with it. I thought is was pricey and at the time, they would not allow you to use coupons on Duff's stuff. I am a hobby baker for friends and family and would purchase this again.

But I also have had some issues with some of the gel colors. I will try the vodka to thin it out and see how that works.

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acakewalk Posted 21 Feb 2013 , 9:29pm
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AI've had mine for almost 2 yrs now and love it. I'm taking an airbrushing class soon and hoping I will love it even more after that! I got mine with a 60% coupon and a gift card couldn't have spent it any better!

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Bvaughn Posted 28 May 2013 , 5:09pm
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I just bought this machine a couple weeks ago and I have used it 2-3 times. I used a Joanns 50% coupon at Michaels! I was nervous about buying it because of the reviews that I have read. But, I must say that I love it! It was a little confusing on how to clean the airbrush so I winged it! Hasn't broken yet! lol The colors you buy are expensive ($5 a piece), so if anyone knows a brand and where I could buy it cheaper that would be awesome!

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Cricket1960 Posted 28 May 2013 , 5:42pm
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I use AmeriColor AmeriMist air brush food color with my Duff airbrush machine

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cakedreamer101 Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 5:27pm
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Has anyone used this unit when applying a alcohol/lusterdust solution to gumpaste decorations?  Would clogging or uneven spraying be an issue?  I am tempted to purchase this for occasional use, but I need even, consistent applications...  no splotchies accepted!  8^)

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Rolandsmommy Posted 19 Dec 2013 , 10:53pm
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how did it work for you? Im suppose to get one for Christmas and am hoping I made the right choice for a Christmas gift :)

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lilcakequeen Posted 27 Jan 2014 , 9:44pm
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I recieved Duff's Airbrush machine for christmas and just used it for the first time a few days ago. I didnt have any problems with it and my cake looked really great after so i guess for those who arent using it constantly or arent crazy cakers it could be a good starting airbrush kit. I liked it, but then again I'm a newbie so I'm no expert. :] and i think you can control the air pressure on it but im not 100% sure on that.

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