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Inexpensivest airbrush w/ fan pattern for finishing?

Discussion in 'Airbrushes' started by cgallery, Feb 23, 2019.


  1. cgallery

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    Would anyone hear have any recommendations for an airbrush with a fan pattern that I might find suitable for finishing my small woodworking projects?

    I think a fan pattern would be better than my current round pattern.

    I was looking at the Sparmax GS-850. My needs are a decent layer of water-based acrylic finish, or paint. I don't need fine lines or anything.

    Any thoughts?
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    @SiRoxx has the one with fan pattern. Maybe he can help you. I'm in the same boat as you are.
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    I looked into the Sparmax GS-850, but a lot of free back from users was that it wasn’t great quality. Now that can be a personal thing or people struggling due to user error. I decided to get the Mr Hobby 290 Trigger brush with a fan cap. They seem to have different names in different parts of the world ie Creos 290, Procon Boy 290. It’s a great quality brush that puts out a nice 2 - 3 inch fan. It’s very user friendly as it is just a .5 Airbrush with a different aircap. I don’t know if this would be a big enough fan for what you want, ditto on the size of the paint cup, but have a look and see what you think.
    The other option would be to spend more and go up to an IWATA LPH80. This is technically a mini spray gun, but they’re often described as a big airbrush as they can do fairly small detail as well as putting out a decent size fan. The main reason to think about this is that they use very little volume of air, so will run from a smaller compressor.
    Just some suggestions to think about and research.


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    The Iwata TH has fan pattern too
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    Do any of the other units mentioned in this thread have the ability to take a larger cup, something in the 3 to 4 ounces size range?

    I’d like to spend less than $150 including shipping if possible.
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    The problem w/ a gun like that is, it requires a rather large compressor and lays down paint fast. One of the reasons I like the airbrushes is that I can take my time and I tend to make fewer mistakes because I'm not applying the paint so fast.
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    I have the TH, use it for small work, use my W101 for large work
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    what is small work? Panel size ?
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    that PS 290 is on my wish list :)
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    Me too
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    The TH has a screw on cup. I think I’ve seen people use larger plastic cups on them.
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    Both the Iwata TH and the Creos PS290 take the same cups. There are at least 3 sizes available - the small one comes standard, then there is a larger metal cup, and a still lager plastic one. I also have a HPK-TR (Kustom version of the Neo TR) and it comes with the same larger color cup that is available for the TH and PS290.

    I frequently use my PS290 with the larger metal cup on it, to clear coat pieces up to 20"X30" - most are more like 11"X14", 16"X20"...
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    Okay thank you guys. I’ll get a 290 once funds are available.
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    Anything under 36" on the long side
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