Airbrush Compressors

Iwata air compressors produce compressed air that is used to function the airbrush. To use, attach the airbrush to the compressor using an Iwata air hose.

We offer a full assortment of air compressors from light-duty, miniature models to larger-scale, more powerful options. As a general guideline, miniature or small compressors are intended for light duty use at low air pressures.

When spraying for extended periods of time or when higher pressures are desired, a mid-range to larger compressor is required.


Quick terms to know…

PSI is a measurement of air pressure (pounds per square inch) and CFM is a measurement of velocity of air flow (cubic feet per minute). These are key measurements for compressor requirements.

Working pressure is the actual amount of air pressure (PSI) being realized when all variables are considered.

Air Output(AO) Chart for Iwata Compressors Working Pressure Range
Low 1 - 20psi
Low to Medium 1 - 40psi
Low to High 1 - 60psi

Compressor features to know…

Single Piston Compressor: A small, low air output (CFM) compressor that is typically used for light-duty use at very low air pressures. Depending on the model, some allow the user to regulate the air pressure, however the maximum pressure is still very low.

Dual Piston Compressor: These compressors are more powerful than their single piston counterparts. They produce various ranges of output (CFM), depending on the model. Because they produce more air than is normally needed to propel an airbrush, they are typically equipped with an air regulator, which restricts the air and allows the user to set the output to a desired level. Most well-equipped compressors have an air regulator and moisture filter that come with the unit, which add to the value and versatility. These upgraded features make piston compressors capable of heavier use. For large volume CFM requirements, industrial grade compressors may be needed.

Air Regulator: a device for adjusting air pressure (psi) that allows you to adjust the psi to a desired output. Many regulators have a gauge that allows you to read the PSI. Ideal psi is determined by the airbrush, viscosity of spray material being used, user preference and in some cases by the application.

Air Intake Filter: Air intake filters are found on many airbrush compressor models. Filters can become clogged over time, so we recommend regular filter replacement to prolong the life of the compressor. Replacement Air Intake Filter packs are available. Refer to the Owner's manual for specific models.

Moisture Filter: a device for removing water from air, often found on an air compressor. We also also offer add-on filters that attach to the airbrush and air hose, which may be used in combination or alone. Humidity and high temperatures increase the likelihood of moisture related issues.


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