Airbrush Compressor

Airbrush Compressors

Airbrushing is a great way to paint both indoors and outdoors, as it leaves much smoother results than paintbrush strokes. With an airbrush machine, you spread the paint by using air pressure, and a key component to making this work is the compressor. Learn about the features to consider and equip yourself with the airbrushing supplies that can help you perform your task.


Not all air compressors include air storage tanks. When you start using your device and it compresses the air, it makes a lot of noise. For an air compressor to provide a continuous flow of compressed air, it needs to work constantly. With a tank, the compressor can store the compressed air, and the compressor becomes quieter. The larger the tank, the more air it stores, and the more silence you can enjoy before the pressure falls below a certain level and the compressor needs to start working again.


The smaller the airbrush system, the less noise it makes. However, smaller units are mostly for beginners, as they also provide less air pressure. More powerful and quiet models do exist, but they are also more expensive than compact ones. If you really want to keep the noise down, it helps if you choose a compressor with an on/off switch and turn it off when the compressor reaches a certain pressure level, allowing you to work quietly.

Switches and Gauges

The on/off switch is useful if you prefer to work in silence. You can keep the compressor off for a longer time, as it would otherwise automatically turn on when the pressure falls below a certain point. However, you could still continue working at that point since you dont need as much pressure for painting. Get an on/off switch for quiet operating, and keep your eye on the pressure with a gauge that gives you the exact pressure value at any moment.

Moisture Trap

A moisture trap is not an integral part of all air compressors, but it is a good extra accessory. The compressor takes air from the outside and it could contain some moisture that enters the tank and condenses there. During painting, moisture can bring about various problems, especially if you do not use acrylic paint.