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Moisture Trap for your Airbrush

I came across these disposable filters by mere coincidence. My stepfather uses them for his air tools and huh! They might work equally with my airbrush compressor I thought. I run my AZTEK airbrushes with an old Badger (80-2) diaphragm air compressor. Its old, its noise but knock on wood, this airbrush compressor runs where 2 of those made in China ones have died on my hands. My airbrush sessions are very long, especially during pre or post shading, not to mention that for the most part, 95% of my model kits are painted with an airbrush. Yes, even those tiny parts in the aircraft landing gear or cockpit.

My Badger airbrush compressor has a good moisture trap. But in long sessions when the compressor get overheated, I have had moisture problems. No big deals since I use Acrylics, but depending on the color you’re working with, you might get a slight mess. If you work with Enamel colors, moisture is like oil and water. I put this disposable moisture trap to the test while painting my Revell MAN 7t. milgl 6×6 truck. It was painted in the 3 NATO color scheme non stop. FromĀ  NATO green to NATO brown and NATO black in a free hand camouflage pattern. After a long session, not a single hint of moisture landed on my model from the airbrush.

Weather you’re having a moisture problem with your compressor or want to add an extra layer of protection, these filters are very handy and DO their work. They are very affordable at $7.95 a pair. These disposable moisture traps are designed mostly for body shop’s spray guns with a 1/4 x 1/4 NPT thread. Under heavy use, they recommend to change it every week. It has been almost 2 months since I installed mine with no problems at all.

Editors Note
This is a compliment to your existing moisture trap, NOT a substitute of it.

George Collazo
George Collazo

George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.