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Discussion in 'Airbrush Compressors' started by amrogers3, Nov 16, 2018.


  1. amrogers3

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    Does a curly hose help with moisture issues?
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    Nope
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    Nope... moisture traps and compressor maintenance help with moisture issues!
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    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Admin

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    plus the hard plastic coiled hose tend to crack over time.
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    I don't agree with you guys. It depends where the hose is. If you are running your compressor hard, having as much line available for the air to cool down the better, especially before the moisture traps. Most of those cheap moisture traps are useless if trying to deal with hot air right out of the compressor.

    You're best bet is to get that air cooled off before it gets to your moisture trap. So having some length of hose before the trap is a plus. I'm talking about the ones you'd use on a home compressor, not those little ones from Iwata.
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    That is about length of hose... curly or straight... a longer hose will help cool it... so you aren't really disagreeing with us... rather adding a different thought to the conversation... :)
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    ?? huh...? What you talkin' 'bout Willis...?
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    OK. You said "NOPE", then answer me like "oh yeah of course everyone knows hose length helps cool air". It's basically the exact question he asked and you shut him down.
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    I didn't shut anyone down... read it through some different lenses... straight question, straight answer... don't get your knickers in a knot. His question doesn't mention length of hose, only curly... I answered what was asked.
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    OK so let's be very clear here... the shape and nature of the air hose DOES NOT AFFECT MOISTURE DELIVERED FROM THE COMPRESSOR. There are other things that affect it including (but not limited to) compressor type, receptacle type, length of hose, humidity and temperature of the day, etc. There is plenty you can do about it including (and not limited too) using longer air lines, controlling the humidity, using good moisture traps, moving to a dry country...
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    They main issue with any coiled line is cracking over time. When I ran a mechanic shop a few of the techs bought and used the coiled lines stating that they helped keep them out of their work area, most of the line only lasted about 4 to 7 months depending on how much they were stretched out and recoiled .
    Same thing for using them in a paint booth.
    If you are building up too much moisture in you airlines it mainly comes down to your compressor and lack of maintaining it and bleeding off the moisture that builds up on either a daily or weekly basis.
    Location of your compressor also has something to do with how much moisture you have, in a climate control area where the temps stay say 70F year round with an RH of 40 will have a lot less moisture build up then say out in a unheated or cooled garage space where the temps are only controlled by what the weather is outside.
    Plumbing the hose from say your unattached garage to your house will also affect moisture in the line.
    Mainly without knowing how anyone has their compressor set up and location of there compressor there is no right answer it is just opinions everyone has for where they live and how they have their compressor set up.
    The only time I have ever had an issue with moisture in a line is when I used a studio tankless compressor which came with the coiled line. The water trap would fill with water in what seemed minutes.
    Also while a longer line will cut down on how much moisture builds up in a line does not mean it will always fix the issue.
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    I like my Cobra coil- and straight shot hoses. 6 years now and they have not gone hard or brittle. Much lighter than a braided hose. But I am not in a hard working workshop or have water in my lines problems.
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    Assuming we're talking about ab hoses, I can't think of a situation where a coiled hose will help.

    Most commonly the length is the same as straight hoses.
    Actually it's a lot easier to get longer hoses I straight than coiled.


    But yeah an extended length before trap helps, an extended length after main trap is detrimental.
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    Hey OP... where are you?
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    He does actually tell us his setup, in another post.
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    compressor (regulator, water trap)---------- tank ------10'------fisheye filter ----------<<need regulator>> -------- AB


    The tank in this is a secondary.


    Unless he's bought the sparmax beetle he was asking about.

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