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Tutorial - Connect Your Airbrush and Mini Compressor

Welcome to Modelers DP Tutorial: Connecting Your New Airbrush to the Mini Compressor!

Modelers DP airbrushes and mini compressors are easy to connect.  You’ll be up and painting in minutes. This section tells you how to connect the airbrush / mini compressor set.

First, let’s identify the parts and pieces that are included with your new airbrush / mini compressor set.  Your set includes a dual-action, gravity-flow airbrush, wrench, eye dropper, mini air compressor, and 6’ black nylon air hose with 1/8” BSP threaded connections. 

Let’s take a quick closer look.  Notice that the air compressor has a red button on the top. This is the power button.  The power cord is to the left, and to the right is a small nipple extending outward (circled above). This is the air outlet where you will attach the air hose.

One end of your air hose has a female threaded connection permanently attached; this end connects to the airbrush. The other end of the hose has a quick-release attachment already installed; this end attaches to the air compressor. The quick-release attachment may or may not be permanently attached. Some hoses come with a quick release that can be removed.

Your airbrush comes with a nipple adaptor already installed.  You will need to remove the nipple adaptor (circled below).

Okay, let’s get started! First, remove the nipple adaptor from your airbrush; this will expose the male threaded end.  You will not be using the nipple adaptor, but you may want to save it for some future use.

OPTIONAL HOSE QUICK DISCONNECT: Although not included in the airbrush/mini compressor set, use of a hose quick disconnect adds convenience that is worthwhile, but is not required.  If you DO have a quick disconnect, please skip down to instructions for Installing a Hose Quick Disconnect.

Now, thread the female threaded end of the air hose, finger-tight, onto the threaded end of the airbrush.

Take care not to over-tighten; the hose end contains an “O” ring (pictured below), and anytime you are connecting into a fitting with an “O” ring, the connection ONLY needs to be finger tight.  Over tightening will damage the “O” ring.

We’re almost there! Lastly, we’ll attach the air hose to the mini compressor.  Grasp the free end of your air hose with the quick disconnect attachment, slide the retaining ring down (or back), push the female end of the quick-disconnect onto the mini-compressor nipple and release the retaining ring.

That’s it! Plug your air compressor power cord into an outlet and you’re ready to start airbrushing!

 

OPTIONAL:  Installing a Hose Quick Disconnect

Your quick-disconnect coupler could look like either of these styles.  Both styles install the same.

Pick up the quick disconnect and slide the retaining ring down (or back) and the small male end (circled below) of the disconnect will pop free of the housing, separating the two pieces.

Remove the airbrush adaptor by unthreading, now thread the small end of the quick disconnect (circled above) onto the airbrush.  Now thread the other piece of the quick disconnect into the female threads of the air hose.  You can now quickly connect and disconnect your airbrush and air hose.

Take care not to over-tighten; the hose end contains an “O” ring, and anytime you are connecting into a fitting with an “O” ring, the connection ONLY needs to be finger tight.  Over tightening will damage the “O” ring.

We’re almost there! Lastly, we’ll attach the air hose to the mini compressor.  Grasp the other end of your air hose with the quick release attachment, slide the retaining ring down (or back), push the female end of the quick-disconnect onto the mini-compressor nipple and release the retaining ring.

Plug your air compressor power cord into an outlet and you’re ready to start airbrushing!

As always, please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns.

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