★☆★ 5 MUST HAVE Pieces of Airbrushing Equipment! ★☆★ (That save you time, and make you money!!)
5 Must Have Airbrush Accessories – That save you time and make you money!
To help you maximise your profit margins, I’ve put together a short list of the items I use and recommend on a daily basis that maximise my productivity and hourly rate.
Airbrushing is like any business, the more time you save doing something the more money you make at the end of the week.
Do yourself a favour and get a few these quick disconnect kits, it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made!
The kit fits all Iwata airbrushes and some other brands major brands like Harder Steenbeck and Master Airbrushes.
It’s rated for up to 120 PSI which is fantastic for anyone spraying at higher PSI rates.
The kit comes with both the male and female parts or each part can be purchased separately if required.
Because I use multiple airbrushes on most projects, being able to quickly disconnect one airbrush and snap on another one is awesome! I generally have between 2-3 Airbrushes beside me at any given time with various colours in each gun. The very fact that I dont have to pour the paint out, clean the paint cup, clean the needle, run gunwash (or water) through the gun is a HUGE time saver.
You’re literally saving 5-10 minutes every time you would normally change over airbrushes. Once you disconnect the airbrush, the quick disconnect stops the flow of air meaning the hose doesn’t snake around while you’re trying to screw another airbrush onto the thread.
How is an Iwata HP-BCS Airbrush a time saver? Well, much like the Iwata Quick Disconnect set the HP-BCS is a bottle feed Airbrush that allows you to quickly spray one colour, then quickly hot swap to another.
However, instead of having to swap your airbrush over to another one – you simply remove the bottom mounted paint bottle and slide another colour in.
The HP-BCS features a larger needle setup (0.3m) than most of the Iwata Airbrushes I use, meaning it sprays a larger surface area. This is perfect for working on bigger projects like wall murals or car bonnets. I have over 15+ of these Airbrushes that still work as well as they did 10 years ago when I got them! Kudos Iwata!!
25 pieces, plus a 16 oz. wash bottle! KIT INCLUDES: A 5-piece mini-brush set and 2 specialized soft white bristle (double sided) brushes plus 1 extra long brush give you size and brush firmness options for cleaning the center hole and horn holes of the air cap, fluid tip and baffle and other small passages. 13 piece micro-needle set of various sizes for cleaning the air cap holes, which need to be cleaned very gently to prevent damage to the cap. A double sided pick is included to remove the needle packing, air cap retaining ring clip, internal airbrush/gun seals, and cup gasket. 2 specialized black bristle(double sided) brushes are included for areas such as the gun body, cup, air cap and ring, trigger, and airbrush/gun controls. It also includes a 1/4″ End Brush for cleaning the inside fluid tip and air cap or any area that requires a smaller stiffer brush. The final item is a 16-ounce polyethylene bottom feed cleaning bottle for solvent or water-based cleaning solutions.
Dealing with moisture in your air lines is a massive headache for most airbrush artists. I’ve found this inexpensive filter to be the last line of defense on those very low-temperature days when moisture seems to creep it’s way into the air-line. You might think at first sight that this little guy doesn’t do all that much, but trust me – when you’re spraying the finest of details on an artwork the last thing you want is a paint spit (ill have a video on this later)
I also find that provides a nice grip under the airbrush when you need just a little more control of the gun.
The filter features:
- The super-fine, 5-micron filter element performs like a full-size filter separator
- The clear filter bowl allows a visual inspection of built-up moisture and is evacuated through a spring-loaded release valve – without taking the filter off the airbrush
- The Pistol-Grip Filter acts as a handle on the airbrush to relieve muscle tension
- Comfortable in the hand to use
- Miniature in size.
Get them here: Iwata Pistol-Grip Filter
Well guys, that’s my list of 5 essential airbrushing items that will help you maximise your time and increase profits. Any questions, be sure to leave a comment below!