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Which air brush to get?

post #1 of 25
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O.k. last year my hubby was going to buy me an air brush for Christmas. However a few weeks before, he told me he found this great camera instead so thats what I was getting. tapedshut.gif Great-waited all this time excited that I was getting an air brush-just to not get one. So I took my Christmas money and bought what I could afford. A master air g34 with mini air compressor-was about $65. Well it sucks. From the first moment I used it-it seemed to spatter more than anything. I tried adjusting-and then it got to where air can come out but color won't and then sometimes just gobs of color drips out-when only air had been coming out. I've had 2 previous posts asking for help or ideas to solve these issues-even another decorator has looked at it and can't say- icon_mad.gif
So now-what are you using-what do you do and don't like about it? What do you recommend? My hubby again says he's buying me one-a good one this time-so now I REALLY need your advice!

Thanks! icon_smile.gif
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post #2 of 25
I had the chance to try out several airbrushes at this years ICES convention. The Grex was probably my favorite, but they are really expensive. The Iwata and the Badger were both in my price range (under $100 NOT including the compressor). I liked them both, but I finally decided on the Badger. The sales rep really worked with me and let me play with the brush, and they have a lifetime guarantee. If anything goes wrong, I drop it in the mail and they replace or repair.

My first airbrush was a Tester Aztek and it was horrible, so I would stay away from it.
post #3 of 25
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Well I read this to my hubby, as an Aztek was what he was looking at. Said it had great reviews, and the Badger had bad ones. I just wish I had a place I could try them out, to see what I like for myself. Still looking for more input. Anyone? Anyone? Beuler? jk
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post #4 of 25
I have been looking at airbrushes also... would love to know other people's ideas, opinions, etc. on this subject! Thanks JackieDryden for starting it!!
post #5 of 25
I just got a little Pegasus, haven't had a chance to play with it yet bit lots of people on here say it's a good starter complete airbrush system for under $100. Even better is the Duff airbrush is a re-branded Pegasus so you can use a Michael's coupon to get it cheap.
post #6 of 25
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Anybody else have input? I have a friend who has a Kopykake and loves it, but I haven't got to try it either. Just want to hear what people like and dislike about their's. I don't want to gt another "lemon" because I wasn't fully informed of whats out there.
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post #7 of 25
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anybody else have suggestions? I'm down to the wire-even though Christmas is 2 months away, I have about 2 days to make a decision. I know wonderful. Any help is appreciated as I cannot try out any airbrushes to help in my decision.
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post #8 of 25
What will you be airbrushing? Pegasus is great for small projects and beginners (low end), Kopycake is great as a step up, Badger is for lots of commercial airbrishing. That's the advice I've seen offered on many threads before this one. Lots of commercial bakeries have Badgers in the shops but have Pegasus for travel projects and emergency touch-ups, if you don't have a lot of room kopycake is great as also a complete system, all three are priced very different with different psi's.

I just got to use my Pegasus and I loved it, but I'm new to actually using an air brush and only plan on small detail projects vs. airbrushing entire large cakes.
post #9 of 25
I literally just used my Duff airbrush for the first time...seriously loved it. I had some spatter issues, but thought maybe that was my "newness" and not the product's issue. =) Either way, I am a beginner and wanted a beginner level tool, and I believe I have the perfect brush to learn on.
post #10 of 25
I just bought airbrush for cake today. Because I just a hobby baker, even though maybe someday I want to receive order to make custom cake. I tried to buy not an expensive one, so..I went to Harbor Freight and got about $89.99 without airbrush color and for color I bought from TCP, but remember to check out with google..I got free shipping. 24 color 4.5oz $74 something...
post #11 of 25
I have the Kopykake AirMaster (the red one) and I love it, if you watch close on the cake challenges and Ultimate cake off you will see them using the AirMaster now and then. You don't always see which air brush they are using, but every once in a while you will see one.

Some of the others might be less expensive, but if your going to buy one, why buy something with the idea that you are going to replace it when you get more experience, go with a good one to start will, you can learn with a good one just as easy as a cheap one, and you will save money in the long run.
post #12 of 25
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New question on topic of air brush-hubby ordered the KopyKake for me-but someone had suggested straining the color. I see now in some of my colors there is "stuff" in the bottom of the bottles. All of these are new bottles not opened! So how do I strain the sediment(?) out of the color? In case this was the main issue with my current one, I don't want to ruin a GOOD air brush!!!
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post #13 of 25
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Anyone have an idea as to strain airbrush colors-especially without dying everything around me?
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post #14 of 25
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if anyone could help me with strainging air brush color? My hubby got me a KopyKake-I tried it out tonight, and started doing the same thing-choking up on color, then splat it all came out at once. These were new unopened bottles of color, but I did buy them at the same time as the others. I bought 34 colors thinking I could use them, and the very limited few I have opened, seem to have sediments-I'm guessing clogging my airbrush. I'm a hobby baker, so this is an expensive toy and expensive colors(34 4.5oz bottles) that I can';t afford to thro away. Any help would be trmenous! Thanks!
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post #15 of 25
I have no real idea, but what if you cut a coffee filter into a circle, then shaped it into a pointed cup, similar to an upside down dunce hat? Just thinking about my lab tech days when we had filter papers that we shaped that way. Might work. I think I would try it on a color you think you won't use much or just try a little from a container. Obviously, you would have to filter it into some other workable container. Just a thought.
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