If you’re in the market for a new airbrush compressor, you may be waiting until you can afford one. Many of the top brands are not cheap, though they do create a great product. Those of you who have your minds set on a silent compressor, have even more to consider where price is concerned. Fortunately, this tutorial can show you how to make a cheap, but effective homemade quiet airbrush compressor by using refrigerator parts.
Removing Your Current Motor
Let’s cover the basics first and we can circle back to look at things like horsepower, psi, valves, etc. So, first, you’ll need to remove the motor on your current airbrush compressor. This is the one you need to replace to add a silent compressor to your system. On most compressors, this will be easy enough, but others will have a few extra screws or bolts that may be hard to find. You don’t need to be especially careful with the valves or tubing as chances are we’ll be replacing those anyway to get the new refrigerator motor in that we need to built a silent compressor.
Finding Your New Compressor
Alright, with your old motor now a thing of the past, it’s time to hunt down the new motor you’re going to replace it with. Obviously, it’s best to locate it before you start removing motors or you won’t be able to airbrush much anytime soon. Now, technically, you don’t need a refrigerator to do this. It’s just easier to find those in abundance on places like Craigslist without spending a lot of money. However, just about anything with a compressor will fit the bill. Other options include propane tanks for a barbeque, fire extinguishers, etc. Again, like we mentioned before, just be careful. Those could cause injury.
Making the Switch
Now remove the compressor from the refrigerator, extinguisher, etc
You’ll want to make sure there isn’t too much pressure being held back or this is where things will get dangerous. No amount of cheap silent compressor is worth getting hurt. So make a small puncture in the tank to alleviate the pressure as quickly as possible.How to build your own cheap silent airbrush compressor: Click To Tweet
Once the gauge shows you it’s safe, remove the compressor. Reattaching it to your compressor will involve a new valve and tubing, most likely, but the exact kind you need will depend on the models you’re using. Fortunately, it’s not too hard to find extremely affordable options so this step won’t screw up our price.
Be sure your new compressor has the lubricant it needs before you start utilizing it. In terms of horsepower, just about any option from a refrigerator will work. Obviously, you just need to make sure your machine is such that it can handle the psi you’re going to be asking of it.
This is really all it takes to build a cheap silent airbrush compressor using nothing more than refrigerator parts. The money you save will be substantial. Just remember to be safe.