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I now need to find a compressor for less than $100 that will work well enough. I found the Paasche D500 and believe it has most of what you've listed as required, including a regulator, though I don't believe it's "precision," and a filter.
What I don't know is what it's duty cycle is, nor do I know how to find it. I want it to last and don't mind painting 5 minutes at a time and letting it rest for 5 minutes if I have to, I just need to know those numbers. I'm not really in a hurry. Can you tell me if I'm on the right track for a starter set and/or possibly what the duty cycle on this compressor is, or at least how to find it? Thanks so much for your help! ~Josh
Response: Hello Josh. Thanks for your kind words. The following is from the manual for your air compressor:
"The D500 Air Compressor is suitable for all airbrushes spraying properly thinned fluids. This is the most economical Air Compressor Paasche offers to the art, hobby and craft fields. It is an oil-less piston unit that comes with 6 foot cord. The D500 is 1/8 H.P. and operates on 110-120 Volts, 1 Phase, 60 Cycle, and delivers .25 C.F.M. at 30 P.S.I. Several working pressures are available. The compressor will shut down and restart when the pressure reaches the set pressure. The hose connection is 1/4'' NPT and can be used with the R-75 Air Regulator for greater control of pressure to the Airbrush. ..... AUTOMATIC THERMAL LIMITED The D500 will shut off automatically when overheated. to restart, release air pressure and let D500 cool down. Automatic reset."
Therefore, I presume from their notes that this air compressor is not continuous duty cycle, but protects itself with an overheat thermal cut out. Therefore, spray on, and follow the instructions when it shuts itself off to cool down.
The airbrush set you need will be decided for you by the amount of air brushing you will be doing. If the projects are being painted as a business by you, you want to buy better level than just entry level air brushing equipment.
Response: I am sorry to hear about the passing of your little friend. Can it be fixed. No question. Can it be fixed at less cost than a new one... that's the real problem. If you have the money and the equipment is worth it, it can be fixed, even if it means machining new parts etc. That, however is expensive. Check out the price of a new one, and expect to spend at least $100 to get the old one examined and the process of getting it fixed underway. What's better for you?