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Paasche DC850R air compressor
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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 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


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 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.

Paasche D500 just died

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

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 continously 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 air brush type compressors and compare that to spending 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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Cheers, Bill.

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