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Nozzel options for the Krome Airbrush – Tech question

We had a great tech question come from one of our facebook fans. I always like to take the opportunity with the Take Air Blog to share the question and the answer with all you airbrush users out there.

Is there a general purpose nozzle, needle for the krome? i’ve been reading that there is only ultra fine up to 1” for the krome. if there is a general purpose hardware for this then i would like to have a Krome for my arsenal.

The Krome, essentially being a hybrid member of the Renegade Series, can be set up with either of the available nozzle configurations – and actually comes with both. The airbrush is set up with the .21 Ultra-Fine nozzle, but also comes with the conversion components for the .33 Fine nozzle set up.

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December 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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So you want to know which airbrush is best for you (or better said for your application). Or In the words of many curious aspiring airbrush users “what’s a good airbrush to start with?”
The simple and best rule of thumb when selecting an airbrush is “figure out which airbrush best does what you want to do, get it, and learn to use it”. Airbrush should not be a graduated process. There are different types of airbrushes designed for different applications. Within each airbrush type different airbrush models may perform at varying levels of proficiency (depending on various factors such as media type and preparation, nozzle/needle design and size (what’s this), correct air pressure settings, user experience/skill), but for the most part for each application there is a best type of airbrush for the job, and that’s the type of airbrush you should get and learn to use for your specific application.
Below is a listing of various airbrush applications, an indication of what type of airbrush is best for the application and a brief explanation why. To preface the information below one should know that for general purpose applications and general spray needs a bottom feed airbrush is usually preferable and most efficient. For detail applications a gravity feed airbrush is usually preferred because it enables better control (through lower operating pressure), thus making detail easier to achieve. If your airbrush needs involve the usage of both general purpose and detail airbrushes, and your budget only allows purchase of one airbrush, it’s also good to know (because of the increased control) it is usually easier to adapt a detail airbrush to a general purpose task, than it is to adapt a general purpose airbrush to a detail task.
For other useful airbrush related information read Badger’s AIRBRUSH 101.

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September 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Patriot Airbrush – Cost-effective and user-friendly.

Patriot 105 Airbrush from Badger Airbrush

Click here to view video of Patriot airbrush

Patriot Link with more details

The Patriot, Model 105, is a comfortable, reliable, cost-effective, user-friendly gravity feed airbrush, designed for use by experienced, as well as novice airbrush enthusiasts. Its two angle needle tip precisely mates with the Patriot’s cone shaped nozzle, enabling a single needle/nozzle configuration to spray a variety of materials, while eliminating the need for multiple needle/nozzle variations. It has a 1/3 ounce permanently mounted color cup with a convenient spill-proof cap.
The Patriot’s body design provides exacting balance and long-term user comfort.
The Patriot is a low maintenance airbrush, easy to clean and simple to operate; it will spray any properly reduced paint or airbrush-ready media.
Developed to deliver precise performance and fine line detail, the Patriot is an ideal airbrush for custom art, graphic arts and illustrative work. The Patriot airbrush will operate at 30 PSI, as well as lower pressure settings (10-15 PSI) and is ergonomically balanced for hours of comfortable airbrushing.

• Single needle/nozzle for spraying all mediums including inks, dyes, watercolors, properly reduced acrylics, enamels, lacquers, and airbrush-ready colors including SpectraTex, Air-Opaque, Air-Tex, Modelflex, and Totally Tattoo.
• Single needle/nozzle sprays pencil thin lines to 3” (76mm) spray pattern
• Minimal spare parts
• Easy cleaning and maintenance
• Patented handle design produces the fastest needle release on the market
• Finger tight assembly tolerances
• Excellent for multiple applications, for novice to advanced airbrush users
• Lifetime warranty on labor and PTFE seal.

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September 6, 2011 Posted by | General Tool Information, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting serious with the Omni Matrix Airbursh from Badger Airbrush

Omni Matrix Airbrush from Badger Airbrush

OMNI Matrix – see the video

OMNI Comparison chart – click here

The Omniª series was designed for tight detail to broad spraying using a “One Tip-One Needle” combination. When trying for that one last detail, just the right blend or a great smooth finish -Omniª detail guns are ideal. Omniª airbrushes work equally well at low or high pressures for varying applications. Besides performing well with finely ground colors, Omniª airbrushes can handle heavier automotive paint with no need to change tips/needles. Designed with state-of-the-art engineering, Omniª airbrushes are manufactured to the tightest possible tolerances. Omniª airbrushes feature heavy nickel chrome plating, superior balance, solvent resistant o-rings and numerous other performance enhancements. Omniª airbrushes are known worldwide as the performance and price preference to other similarly designed airbrushes.

The reversible air cap guard is unique and exclusive to Omniª airbrushes -reversing the air cap guard creates a smooth, aerodynamically rounded area at the tip/needle intersection enabling optimum air flow efficiency for the sharpest and finest lines. The “reverse-a-guard” air cap allows for easy removal of tip dry. It can also be utilized to protect the needle tip for novice airbrushers or in more delicate airbrush applications.
Omni Matrix
Omni Nailflaire
• Counter balanced cut-away handle
• Stainless steel needle
• Self-centering, self-sealing fluid tip
• Solvent resistant “O” rings
• Heavy nickel chrome plating
• Attached needle tube- rocker lever assembly
• One piece trigger
• Adjustable trigger tension
• Each model hand tested in actual use
• Adjustable needle bearings (4000 and 6000 models)
• “Reverse-a-guard” air cap
• Adaptable for use with all major brand airbrush jars and color cups
• One year limited warranty on all components
• Lifetime labor warranty

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September 6, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The 100G Badger Airbrush – The brush with variety. Plus video

100G Badger Airbrush

Badger’s 100 Series professional airbrushes offer a variety of styles – gravity feed, slotted gravity feed, and side feed – to satisfy every professional’s needs. Each of these exceptional airbrushes offers precision performance for a soft spray pattern and tight line detail. The 100 Series features correctly proportioned body weight providing perfect balance and comfort for the most exacting professional applications.

See video of 100G airbrush

This airbrush is designed for detail. It features a permanent, top-mounted 1/16oz. (2ml) color cup angled to allow work on horizontal surfaces. Perfect for fine artists, illustrators, and cake decorators. (Available in Fine and/or Medium.) (100GB for continuous flow, single action bakery airbrush).

Check out this link to see all brushes in the Badger Airbrush 100 Series

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September 2, 2011 Posted by | General Tool Information, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Meet the Crescendo Airbrush from Badger Airbrush + video

Crescendo Airbrush from Badger Air-Brush

See video of Crescendo Airbrush

The Crescendo®, Model 175, is the airbrush designed by professionals for professional production airbrushing. This durable, versatile airbrush works continuously with precision and efficiency. Spray regulators and tips change easily for greater flexibility on the fly. Snap-off handle allows for quick needle changes and cleaning. T-Shirt artists, fine artists, fabric designers, custom automotive painters, model painters, and taxidermists use the Crescendo®. It sprays properly reduced acrylics, enamels, lacquers, gouaches, fabric colors, inks, dyes, ceramic colors and glazes, watercolors, Air-Opaqueª, Air-Tex®, MODELflex®, Totally Tattoo® and Totally Tanª airbrush colors.

• Usable with 1/4oz. (7ml) free-standing color cup, 3/4oz. (22ml), 2oz. (60ml), or 3oz. (90ml) paint jars
• Self-lubricating PTFE needle bearing enables continuous proper paint flow
• Winged back lever design for easy reassembly and smooth trigger control
• One-piece, non-slip, trigger with ergo-comfort trigger cushion
• Easy maintenance and cleaning
• Snap-off handle for quick needle changes and cleaning
• Easy change tips and head assemblies…no tools required
• Fine (F) – spray width ranges from pencil line to 2″ (51mm spray pattern)
• Medium (M) – 1/32″ (0.8mm) to 2 1/2″ (63mm spray pattern)
• Heavy (H) – 1/16″ (1.5mm) to 3″ (76mm spray pattern)
• Lifetime warranty on labor and PTFE seals

Click her for more on the Crescendo Airbrush

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September 2, 2011 Posted by | General Tool Information, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sotar Airbrush from Badger Air specs, usage and video.

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View video of the Sotar
The 20/20® provides the professional illustrator with an airbrush capable of producing the ultimate in fine line detail. It is more precise, more comfortable, and more reliable than any competitor. When fine line detail or the finest paint atomization for a “soft” spray pattern is required, SOTAR® is the only choice. Finely pigmented properly reduced paints, water colors, inks, dyes, and low viscosity acrylics can be sprayed with the 20/20®. The elongated body maintains an efficient distance between trigger and paint reservoir. The trigger and back lever assemble easily thanks to our innovative “track and winged” design.

MODEL 2020-1
The original design 20/20® with small paint reservoir is perfect for intricate detail work requiring minimal paint usage.
MODEL 2020-2
The 20/20® with mounted 1/12 oz. color cup allows for extended use before having to add color.
Fine (Black) – “Hair” line to 3/4″ (19mm) spray pattern.
Medium (White ) – Pen line to 1″ (25mm) spray pattern.
Large (Clear – Pencil line to 1-1/4″ (31mm) spray pattern.

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September 1, 2011 Posted by | General Tool Information, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tips on selecting the best air compressor.

I am happy to report my ramblings (blogs) are getting out in the on-line world, and are proving to be helpful.  I recently received an e-mail praising us for our air brush 101 guide (click here to read).  It is a great resource to read when selecting the best airbrush for the application. Now I have been urged to put together the same for our range of Badger air compressors.

Compressor guide and catalog 2011

BadgerCompressors2011 prices

When you get right down to it, an air compressor is simply a machine that squeezes air into a tank and out a hose.  When shopping for one, you need to consider your application (fancy word for project), how much pressure (PSI – Pounds per Square Inch) you will need and frequency of use.

A unit that generates at least 30 PSI is recommended to start airbrushing.  Some applications, such as T-shirt painting or other fabric painting may be more efficiently done at higher pressures (up to 65 PSI).  Other applications, such as finger nail art and illustrations may be more effectively done at lower pressures (as low as 10 PSI).  For applications requiring both higher and lower pressures, using a regulator is recommended.

To assist you in the selection process and in comparing our air compressors, I had my team put together a guide with pretty pictures and all the specifications for each of our Badger air compressor lines.

The Airwave Series – will also be available with 220V European plugs

The Aspire Series – will also be available with 220V European plugs

The Silent Series


Several of Badger’s new compressors are already in stock and available for shipment!

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August 25, 2011 Posted by | Fingernail Art, General Tool Information, Small Scale Production, T-Shirt/Textile Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mickey is an avid Badger/Thayer & Chandler airbrush user!

GM's Strenght & Honor camaro was airbrushed using Badger Air/ Thayer & Chandler airbrushes. The job took about 250 hours to airbrush.

I am always excited to see airbrush art, the projects, their scale, the details and the amazing creativity each artist brings to the table always impresses me. As Badger Air Brush / Thayer & Chandler are an American made product, it really made me smile to see the work of Mikey Harris on the General Motors “Strength and Honor” Camaro saluting all our troops that serve our country. It really is a site to see and lucky for us we have pictures and video of these amazing Badger Airbrushed murals that are so well laid out across bodylines of the Camaro.

Click here to see the video
Click here for full story

Full article from The Faces of GM
Mickey Harris: Art Honoring America

It’s Independence Day week here in the U.S. and your Faces of GM team thought it would be appropriate to take a look at Mickey Harris, one of our partners who specializes in patriotic presentations. He has turned a couple of Camaros into incredible murals that salute our country and its military men and women. One is the Strength and Honor Camaro that he developed to promote GM’s Military Discount Program and the other is called American Pride and it outlines U.S. history in a way that even appeals to non-history fans.

On Memorial Day weekend we saw the Strength and Honor Camaro at the Indy 500 and last week we talked with Mickey about that car. By clicking the video below you can see the great artwork and hear what Mickey told us about how his designs emerge as he works.

Abraham Lincoln appears just behind the passenger door on the American Pride Camaro

Saluting the military isn’t just a commercial enterprise for Mickey, he says it’s practically part of his DNA. “My father was a fighter pilot and flew F105s in Vietnam. I grew up on Air Force bases and I learned to draw by drawing aircraft. It’s kind of in my blood.” Mickey has produced artwork for the U.S. Pentagon and is proud to say he has seven pieces hanging in the headquarters of the U.S. military.

Now that he’s done a couple of projects for GM. Mickey feels that he and the company are on the same wavelength. He says, “America’s greatest asset is our fighting men and women. We need to remember that. That’s what I try to do in the artwork I put out. I think GM understands that and they’ve been great to work with.”

The Chevrolet bowtie shares the rear of this Camaro with the Strength and Honor name

You can hear pride and dedication in Mickey’s voice as he talks about the work he’s done for Chevrolet. He appreciates having a client who appreciates his work and “I try to go above and beyond their expectations.” He says the money he’s paid for his work is pretty good, but he gets so emotionally involved in creating the project that puts incredible amounts of time into it. He chuckles as he says, “If I figured out what I get per hour, it’s probably a little bit more than minimum wage.”

The two Camaros that Mickey has designed are just the start of the relationship between artist and automaker. He has two more projects on the drawing board for Chevrolet that you’ll be seeing before the end of the year. We aren’t going to spoil the surprise and tell you what the topics are, but you can be sure that they will be celebrating history and American pride in a way that will touch the hearts of all who see them.

July 7, 2011 Posted by | Automotive, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s all about KROME! Independent review of the Bader Renegade Krome Airbrush

image of Badger Renegade Krome Airbrush

Badger Renegade Krome Airbrush

I thought this week I would share with you a very detailed and independent review of the Badger Renegade KROME Airbrush. It is the latest of our American Made Air-Brushes.  I share Chuck Aleshire’s review because he has put this brush to the test and offers first hand user experience of this brush.  Plus he give a little mention of me!!!!

Read review – click here.

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June 14, 2011 Posted by | General Tool Information, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment