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New Feature: Using Air Compressors
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Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2004 - 02:45 PM GMT+7
Jeff Winkel (Sealhead) has written up a nice guide to using Air Compressors.

Using Air Compressors

As ususal if you have questions or feedback about this article please leave it here.

Thanks Jeff!

Cheers,
Jim
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Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2004 - 02:51 PM GMT+7
Thanks for the great article Sealhead!!!
Ciao
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Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2004 - 03:24 PM GMT+7
I just bought my compressor a few weeks back, and reading over this article has given me a bit more confidence that I made the correct decision with the compressor.

Only question I have is that I thought my air regulator (that has a moisture trap in it) would catch any oil vapours coming from the compressor? Is this correct, or do I need to look into getting a coalescing oil filter?
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Posted: Monday, January 12, 2004 - 09:34 PM GMT+7
I am not aware of any filter (dirt filter) that also acts as a coalescing filter. Coalescing filters have to be changed periodically just like dirt filters. Again, the tip off is a pressure drop of more than 10 PSI across the filter.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 05:34 PM GMT+7
Ok, thanks Sealhead. I'll look into getting a oil filter then.
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Posted: Saturday, February 07, 2004 - 05:17 PM GMT+7
Sealhead, hopefully you read this.
I've been looking for a small desicant water trap to add to my system since reading this fine article, but the only moisture traps I've found specifically for airbrush use don't mention what type they are (and they look a lot like the inline air filter I already have). On the other end of the spectrum I have found the large industrial desicant traps, which would cost more than all the rest of my system, plus most of my accumulated kits.
Do you, or anyone else, have any suggestions on a good, affordable moisture trap?

Thanks in advance,
Dave
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2004 - 09:48 PM GMT+7
Thanks Jim. We recently got an air compresser, and it is worth the money. It sure beats Tamiya spraypaint cans, and from what I've heard, It sure beats canned air also.
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Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 12:49 PM GMT+7
I appreciate the article, I just bought my first airbrush and I DO NOT LIKE THE CANNED AIR! Your article was a huge help! Thanks.