Beginner Airbrush Kits

Finding the right Beginner Airbrush Kits will start your airbrushing experience moving in the right direction. There are literally hundreds of Beginner Kits to choose from and knowing what you are looking for before you start will help a great deal to eliminate a lot of them.

Best Beginner Airbrush Kits 2019

Airbrush BrandFeatures
Iwata Eclipse CS - Starter Airbrush KitIwata Studio Series Smart Jet air compressor and Iwata Eclispe CS large cup airbrush + Starter DVD + Colors
Iwata-Medea Revolution CR AirbrushDual action, internal-mix, gravity feed with large cup
Master Airbrush Starter Kit3 Master multi-purpose airbrushes + airbrush compressor + colors + cleaning tools + instruction guides
PAASCHE H Airbrush set with Quiet Airbrush CompressorPaasche Model H Single-Action Airbrush + Mini airbrush compressor TC 20
Badger RK-1 Krome AirbrushExcellent smooth trigger, 0.3 and 0.2mm needles, large cup

Airbrushing kits have become very popular for the hobbyist, artist, craftsman and entrepreneur. They are being used for many applications from makeup, spray on tanning to car restoration and customizing motorcycle helmets. Whatever the final use for your airbrush it is a good idea to learn a few basics about the airbrushing kits before your make your purchase. A little bit of knowledge about the airbrush and its capabilities will save you some time, money and keep you from getting frustrated when your are working on you project no matter what you plan on using it for.

When Selecting Airbrush Kit

1. What will you be airbrushing?
2. How many airbrushes do you plan on using?
3. Will you need paints or stencil?

These are just a few questions that you should be able to answer prior to making your purchase. We will go through all of these questions individually so by the time you are done with this article you will know exactly what beginner airbrushing kit is right for you.

What will you be airbrushing?

Picking the best beginner airbrush kits for you is all about the details. How detailed is your work going to be. If you are going to be doing a lot of detail – like a fine illustration for example you – will need to get a kit with an airbrush that has a smaller needle tip that will allows you to make detailed strokes. If on the other hand you are going to be using your airbrush for doing tattoos using stencils you will not need an airbrush that is capable of fine detail. Generally the finer that detail the more expensive the airbrush.

How many Airbrushes do you plan on using?

The number of airbrushes that you use and how much area you will be covering with the airbrush determines what type of airbrush compressor you should be using. If you are going to be painting large areas or using multiple airbrushes than you will need a compressor that can keep up. If you have a compressor that doesn’t have an extra air tank connected to the compressor then the compressor will be running constantly and that could limit the life of the compressor.

Will you be needing paints or stencils?

This is something that a lot of people looking for a beginner airbrushing kit forget about when making their purchase. They end up getting the kit, opening it up and then realizing they have no paint or stencils to use. There are a few beginner airbrushing kit that offer one or both. Some even offer beginner airbrushing videos .
For the new hobbyist, cake decorator or artist it is imperative that you start out airbrushing with one the best kits.

Airbrush Kits – What’s Included

There are two main elements to consider when purchasing an airbrushing kit. 1)The airbrush compressor (air supply) and 2) the airbrush. Each of them have multiple variations that you can buy depending on what the demands will be for each.

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Airbrush Compressor

The airbrush compressor supplies the airbrush with compressed air at a steady rate that allows the airbrush to disperse the medium in controlled and even layers. The thicker the medium that more pressure you will need to dispense it evenly. For example urethane paint would take more pressure to pray than an acrylic watercolor. Knowing what type of medium you will mainly be using is crucial in helping to determine what airbrush compressor you will want to purchase.

Another factor to consider is – how many airbrushes will you be using at one time. If you plan on using you airbrushing kit for multiple airbrushes, like t-shirt art that commonly use multiple airbrushes, you would need something that is strong enough to keep up an even level of pressure without over working the compressor.

Many airbrush compressors offer external air storage tanks. These are preferred when you are going to be using the airbrush over long periods of time. The external tank provides constant pressure and allows the compressor a cool down time. This little extra feature will extend the life of your compressor.

Whatever airbrush compressor you decide on make sure that it has some kind of air pressure control and a water trap. The water trap filters out any condensation that can accumulate in the airline. Water in the airline will cause spitting and inconsistent airflow that can quickly ruin your project.

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Like the compressor the airbrush also comes in many different styles a design for specific projects. With the airbrush it all comes down to, not only what type medium, but also how much detail your project demands. If you are going to be using the airbrush for Illustrations or fine detail for example you will want to get one with a smaller tip size (.18mm). Or if you are going to use the airbrush for spraying on a tattoo through a stencil obviously you won’t need one with fine detail. (.5mm)  A good general propose spray tip size is around (.3mm)

The airbrush also available in single action or duel action. Single action airbrushes are a preferred by Spray tan users, model kit builders or mural artists. They are simple to use and are much like using a spray can just point and shoot. They are also a little less expensive. The dual action airbrush allows you to adjust how much paint you are putting out while pulling back on the trigger. Great for light coat applications for Illustrating, custom automotive painting or t-shirt art.

Try to keep in mind the potential for growth – you don’t want to be looking at airbrushing kits again six months from now.

Beginner’s Video Series

Part I – In this video, you will learn what types of airbrush available, how to choose proper airbrush, why IWATA and Grex airbrushes are best.

Part II – This Video on some tips on setting up a work area for airbrushing and going over some paints used in the hobby for airbrushing.

Part III – This Video is about how the airbrush works, thinning paint for airbrushing and maintaining and cleaning the airbrush and doing color changes.

Part IV – This Video is about basic usage and some airbrushing techniques.

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