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Paasche Information

Jens Andreas Paasche started Paasche Airbrush Company back in 1904. In 1904 he acquired half interest in a partnership of Wold Air Brush Manufacturing Co. Being driven by his determination and desire to make a product that would surpass any other and be the pinnacle of craftsmanship and quality, he founded Paasche Brothers in 1904.  

Jens sold his product by day and made them at night.  Always looking for a better way, a more efficient and less costly product, he acquired over 80 patents.  In 1906 he bought his brothers’ interest and started Paasche Airbrush Company.  The final transition took place on May 20, 1916, when Paasche Airbrush Company was incorporated.

Paasche Airbrush Company continues the legacy left by its founder Jens A. Paasche with the ultimate in quality control. Continuing his insistence that every airbrush is inspected prior to shipment, they are manufactured and assembled at their factory to this day.

The original factory was constructed in Chicago in 1922. In 1984, needing more space for the ever-increasing demand for airbrushes and industrial spray equipment, the factory was relocated to Harwood Heights, Illinois.  Harwood Heights is a northern suburb of Chicago.  The company then moved back to Chicago in 2005 where they stayed until their most recent move to Wisconsin in 2019.  Now located in Kenosha, Wisconsin where they are currently manufacturing and assembling their line of airbrushes and industrial spray paint equipment.

Paasche Airbrush Company is proud to be an American company, proud to be accepted nationally and internationally. They celebrated our 100th year in 2004 and hope to continue the legacy left by Jens A. Paasche far into the future.

Paasche Contact Information

f you wish to contact Paasche directly, please use the following contact details:

Paasche Airbrush Company
9511 58th Place
Kenosha,
WI 53144-7805
W: https://www.paascheairbrush.com/

Paasche Manuals

The first place to go to obtain Paasche manuals is, of course: www.paascheairbrush.com. Yet if you still need help, post a comment at the bottom of the page so that someone can help you! This is a page of brand-specific information on the Paasche airbrush compressors. A few recent questions and responses follow, then there is a posting form you can use to be part of this Paasche airbrush compressor page.

Paasche DC850R air compressor
Paasche DC850R air compressor

Paasche Air Compressors Available on Amazon

I have picked out a couple of examples of Paasche air compressors which are readily available on Amazon!

Paasche Air Compressor Troubleshooting, Problems & Fixes

Paasche D500 heating up

First, let me say that as a complete beginner to the world of airbrushing and especially compressed air, your site has been a lifesaver!

I want to paint model airplanes with an airbrush. I don’t need to have a professional paint job with detailed engine smoke marks or bullet holes etc. I just want to move from assembling unpainted models to assembling models with say three colors or so — black propellers and wheels, a painted grey body, and maybe a secondary color. For my needs, I can’t justify spending a LOT of money, at least not until I get pretty good with a beginner kit. I’ve selected a Paasche airbrush as a starter brush.

Paasche D500SR air compressor
Paasche D500SR air compressor

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 its 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

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Hello Josh. Thanks for your kind words. The following is an excerpt 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 a 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 a continuous duty cycle, but protects itself from overheating with a thermal cut-out. Therefore, spray on, and follow the instructions when it shuts itself off to cool down.


Paasche D500 just died

“Hi! My small and noisy Paasche D500 (the little red one) just passed away last Friday 1st Jan at 10 pm.

It worked OK for almost 4 years but then stopped giving air and only produced an “electric” noise inside and nothing else. I used only for airbrushing scale models with a single-action airbrush. I had no filters or valves. I used to run it continuously for more than 15 or 20 minutes sometimes… Do I have to look for a replacement or can it be repaired? Thanks!”

My response is: 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 issue.

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 Paasche or other airbrush-type compressors and compare that to spend at least $100 to get the old one examined and the process of getting it fixed underway. What’s better for you?

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What kind of air compressor do you use with Paasche Airbrush?

The Paasche D3000R air compressor is the perfect choice for anyone wanting to operate a Paasche airbrush as they’re lightweight, easily mobile, quiet, and quiet.

Is Paasche a good airbrush?

Paasche airbrushes are known for their reliable smooth and easy spray adjustment allowing you to complete your airbrush projects. Paasche is known for its durable and reliable products.

Where are Paasche compressors made?

Paasche air compressors were originally manufactured in Chicago, but a few moves later and they are now are manufactured in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.


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