How to set up an airbrush compressor?

How to set up an airbrush compressor

How to set up an airbrush compressor

An airbrush compressor is a tool that offers versatile features. The compressor is used to work with an airbrush. Airbrush is the tool used to paint many types of surfaces. It is very useful because it can easily control the paint quantity that you applied on the surface.

Set up an airbrush compressor to optimal settings offers you exact paint pressure that you can apply on any surface. The steps involved in setting up the airbrush compressor will explain in detail in this article.

Things you will need for set up airbrush kit: 

The things you needed to set up airbrush compressor are:

  • Air compressor
  • Airbrush hose
  • Paint
  • Newspaper

6 steps to set up a airbrush compressor 

Step 1) Attaching airbrush hose

While setting up an airbrush compressor you will need to attach an airbrush hose with an air compressor. The end of the airbrush hose having small fitting is attached to the airbrush and the large fitting end is attached with the air compressor. Many airbrushes come with many hoses that are attached permanently with the airbrush. Simply attach the hose end with the air compressor to get an instant setup.

Step 2) Turn on the compressor

The second step involves turning on your air compressor and just listen about the leakage on either side of the airbrush hose. Now press an airbrush trigger and ensure the continuous flow of air that comes out from airbrush nozzle. Now turn off your air compressor.

Step 3) Filling of airbrush reservoir bottle

Now fill the reservoir bottle of the airbrush with the require color paint that you want to use. Many airbrushed are equipped with certain paint types. So, you first need to ensure that the airbrush you purchase should be compatible with the type of paint that you want to use. You can easily find this information from the owner's manual of the airbrush.

Step 4) Again turn on the compressor: 

After filling the airbrush bottle, you need to turn on the air compressor again. Spray a few drops of paint on the newspaper sheet by simply pressing the airbrush trigger.

You will see the stream of paint on the surface of the newspaper that ensures you about the thickness of the paint spray. It also ensures you adjust the tip of the airbrush and changes its thickness with your requirement. Many airbrushing comes with adjustable tips that enable you to adjust according to need. Some airbrush comes with an assortment of tip size as well as removable tips. You need to purchase the airbrush that fitted with your needs.

Step 5) Clean airbrush compressor: 

After finishing the airbrush compressor, turn the power off, Release the air that remains in the airbrush compressor safely. Disconnect the airbrush, Now depress the water drain valve for emptying unit after every use.

Step 6) Storage 

Now store the airbrush compressor in a dry, safe and clean location. Keep the compressor out of the range of kids as well as other unauthorized individuals.

Compressor area set up: 

A) Designate the fixed area that is well-lit and clean. The area is unable to allow access to any pets or children so that no injury happened.

B) Now locate the airbrush compressor on any flat surface that ensures you proper lubrication. It also offers better prevention from any damage.

C) For better circulation, keep a distance of 12-inch all around the unit.

D) Now route a power cord to a wall outlet to the compressor. Keep checking the route to prevent any damage or electric shocks.

Cleaning, maintenance & lubrication's:

  • Before use: 

It is important to inspect the airbrush compressor's general condition. It is necessary to check the loosen hardware, damaged belts, binding or misalignment of the moving compressor parts, damaged electrical wiring, broken or cracked parts and some other conditions that can affect the safe operation of airbrush compressor.

  • After use: 

After using the airbrush compressor, you need to push the valve of the water drain to drain water and moisture. Never forget to clean the external surfaces of the airbrush compressor with the cloth.

Now store the airbrush compressor in a dry, clean and protective location that is out of the reach of kids and other people.

  • Replacement

After regular or 500 hours use, replace inlet as well as outlet valve, and compression ring. The replacement work should be done by the qualified service technician.

  •  Maintenance

Ensure to clean the compressor after every use. It is very important to clean the compressor while putting up the brush. Proper maintenance is the key to have prolonged the lifespan as well as uninterrupted work. It is compulsory to clean crown, needle and airbrush compressor once a month.


  • Only use 60-cycles and 110-120 V power supply
  • Before plug connection, check whether the compressor is in good condition or not
  • Keep the airbrush compressor out of the range of children and other unauthorized people
  • Ensure to have electric-chock free situation every time
  • Keep the working area well-lit, clean and well-ventilation.
  • In the presence of any flammable gases and liquids. never operate the airbrush compressor because of an explosion.


If you want to purchase an airbrush compressor for the large surface area then you should purchase an Airbrush compressor with the tank having a large capacity. It enables you to paint large surface areas with desire color and texture.

There are many high-quality and durable airbrush compressors that offer better airbrushing in different situations. You choose the one that offers you better quality airbrushing at any time. I hope this article about how to set up the airbrush compressor for different tasks. For more detail, you visit our website that offers you detailed information about the airbrush compressor. Hopefully, you will enjoy it a lot.

Mary T. White

Hi everyone, I'm a trained AC service technician who uses several tools in my profession. I created this interactive platform to share experiences and vital information. Feel free to share your views and ask any question.

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