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Definitely not "EZ" for first timers
About me: this is my first airbrush, so I admit I don't understand everything. However, I have an engineering background and understand the Venturi effect that creates the siphon power to pull the paint from the jar. Overall, an airbrush *should* be a pretty simple device based on that understanding.
I'm using a home improvement compressor I already had. It took several refills of the 1 gallon compressor to finally get everything tweaked so the brush would start spraying paint. I can imagine that would equate to a couple cans of air, which means I would have thrown this out in cost and frustration before I ever got it working.
In the end, I have no idea what changed to make it work. In the process of troubleshooting, I disassembled, reassembled, checked for leaks, tried paint, tried water, tried a huge range of air pressures. I went through all the options several times and don't understand the final combination that worked. After reading several airbrush troubleshooting websites, I still had hope once I removed the jar, pointed the brush down, filled the jar hole with water, and saw that the water sprayed facing down, proving at least that path wasn't clogged.
After that, I jacked up the air pressure pretty high and just fiddled with the nozzle adjustment until I saw water in the jar being siphoned up.
Tip: make sure the jar is firmly inserted into the brush. If the connection isn't air tight, the siphon effect will suck air rather than water/paint.
I ended the night of fighting it with paint spraying, but with no clue how tuned in it was. We'll see if I can get it working again since I had to disassemble for cleaning.
My gut feel tells me a gravity feed airbrush would be easier for a beginner, but I have no proof to support that. After the little bit of experimentation, I'm also thinking a double action brush will be much more useful, but that could be my desire to always have more expensive tools rather than practice with what I have. I definitely recommend a compressor (borrow/rent one if you can) during the learning phase.
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