What's the Best Airbrush to Get?

Many of these machines (Pegasus, Duff, and #ABCS) look identical except for the color of the stripe across the top. I suspect they're all made by the same company and re-branded for distribution. Though I'm not sure.

Originally Posted by Julia M Usher:

I suspect they're all made by the same company and re-branded for distribution. Though I'm not sure.

If the shape of the compressor body is the same, and the gun is the same, then yes, that very likely is the case.  "The Sugar Art" is the company that manufactures the Pegasus Airbrush, but that's just their default branding.  If you call them up and tell them to rebrand them, and you order enough, they'll do it.

I'm new to airbrushing, can you help me get the right one. I want to use it for cookies and cakes of course and I think there are 2 kinds of triggers. Would it be best to get just the pull back trigger or the full motion trigger. I'm thinking I might have more diversity with the full motion trigger but it might be harder to learn in the beginning. What do you think.....

Originally Posted by Christina:

I'm new to airbrushing, can you help me get the right one. I want to use it for cookies and cakes of course and I think there are 2 kinds of triggers. Would it be best to get just the pull back trigger or the full motion trigger. I'm thinking I might have more diversity with the full motion trigger but it might be harder to learn in the beginning. What do you think.....

Hi, I believe many of the airbrushes commonly used by cookiers (Duff, Pegasus,  ABCS) are in fact the same machine, just branded differently (see Mike's comment above; he knows a lot about airbrushes). People's overall experience with these machines (at least according to the poll above) has been very good. So they may be a good place to start. I can't comment much on the trigger question, but I feel I have a lot of control with the one on my ABCS machine.

I have been looking at the MASTER Cake decorating airbrush kit and was wondering about it.  Anyone else use it?  I first discovered it when it was featured as a giveaway on FB.  It is reasonably priced considering all the stuff it comes with.

I have the Master Airbrush and was disappointed in the gun itself.  Even with the trigger all the way forward, it doesn't always cut off the color flow.  Am very new to airbrushing and knew there would be a learning curve but didn't expect to deal with an inconsistent tool in addition to the new skills.

Originally Posted by Belleissimo Cookies:

       
I have the dinky doodle designs by dawn butler one. I understand you can't  get it or her airbrush colours in the us not sure why as they are both awesome! Love mine!


Hi Belle, may I ask you if you like your DinkyDoodle airbrush? Is the compressor noisy? I found a website here in Italy who sells it at a reasonable price and I'd like to buy it... I like it because the compressor seems very small! Other Italian brands have a larger compressor... Is it easy to use? It would be my very first airbrush (can't wait... I kinda obsessing over airbrushing)!! Thanks!
Bye Jenny

I have the Wimzy Creations Airbrush Pro System, and it is wonderful! I have been recommending it to all of my cake decorating friends. It's a really good beginners kit, and easy enough for experienced users. I let one of my friends (she owns a cake business) use it and she loved it so much she got herself one. I got it from Cake Supplies 4 U. 

UPDATE TO MY REMARKS: I recently bought a Pegasus without moisture trap (and with only one speed/pressure setting) and found it pretty useless compared to my ABCS with moisture trap and three pressure settings. I had the latter for years, and NEVER experienced any plugging/clogging, but I couldn't get metallic colors I had once easily gotten through the ABCS through the Pegasus. They just sat in the cup and never moved! I'm going to scrap my Pegasus and try to find another ABCS or a more powerful commercial airbrush. (P.S. The mechanical trigger on my ABCS broke after four or more years, which is why I went in search of a new one.)

I just received my DinkyDoodle airbrush system! Yay! The DVD was missing from the box. The company I ordered from told me DinkyDoodle no longer includes the DVD , yet the box states that it is included. Anyone ordered one recently? If so, did you have the DVD included? 

I have a Master airbrush gun and compressor. It's a dual action gravity feed. The compressor has a water trap, an automatic shutoff, a holder for 2 guns and I can set the psi to whatever I want (vs high/med/low).  I do cakes as well so I bought this one. At first it was a bit frustrating because it's very temperamental and I was inexperienced with airbrushing. But after a few times practicing and figuring out how to thoroughly clean it, I'm very happy with it. They probably all work fine, there's just a learning curve. I make a point to clean it well after each use.

Mella posted:

I just received my DinkyDoodle airbrush system! Yay! The DVD was missing from the box. The company I ordered from told me DinkyDoodle no longer includes the DVD , yet the box states that it is included. Anyone ordered one recently? If so, did you have the DVD included? 

I bought the DinkyDoodle last month and it did come with the DVD.  It is very easy to use. I bought it direct from their site in England so if I were you I would send them a quick email and perhaps they will send you the DVD.  Good luck.!

 

Julia M. Usher posted:

UPDATE TO MY REMARKS: I recently bought a Pegasus without moisture trap (and with only one speed/pressure setting) and found it pretty useless compared to my ABCS with moisture trap and three pressure settings. I had the latter for years, and NEVER experienced any plugging/clogging, but I couldn't get metallic colors I had once easily gotten through the ABCS through the Pegasus. They just sat in the cup and never moved! I'm going to scrap my Pegasus and try to find another ABCS or a more powerful commercial airbrush. (P.S. The mechanical trigger on my ABCS broke after four or more years, which is why I went in search of a new one.)

Julia...you might see if ABSC is able to repair/refurbish you airbrush. I know that Iwata offers this service.

I know this is an old thread but hopefully someone sees this! LOL. I have never airbrushed cookies before but really want to start learning. I see all these cookie/cake decorating airbrush kits with little tiny compressors but if I already have an air compressor (it's much larger at 6 gallons) can I just buy extensions to use in order to use it for airbrushing? I hope that makes sense. Sorry if it is a dumb question. TIA!

Hi Jennifer, I just took an airbrushing class w/ Creative Cookier (amazing!!!). Anyway, that size compressor would send your cookies flying across the room. You really need a smaller compressor, one that doesn't go higher than 15psi.  Hope that helps!!

Mella posted:

I just received my DinkyDoodle airbrush system! Yay! The DVD was missing from the box. The company I ordered from told me DinkyDoodle no longer includes the DVD , yet the box states that it is included. Anyone ordered one recently? If so, did you have the DVD included? 

I got a DinkyDoodle for Christmas from my son. Yes, a DVD was included. I have used it once (I'm a newbie), just practicing with coloring book pages and a few stencils on practice cookies. So far, so good!

Hi, @Ghasan887! Great question, but the wrong spot for it. Few are likely to see it under this unrelated topic. I've forked it (moved it) to a new topic of its own, where others are more likely to see it. In the future, please start new topics for new questions, but be sure to search the forums first (use Advanced Search feature under magnifying glass icon in upper right of site) to make sure the question wasn't already asked. 

Others, please answer the black coloring question in the new topic I created (link above) and not here.

Thanks!

I'm not sure the ABCS is readily available anymore, but I think it was the same basic system as the Pegasus, which is the same as Duff and Dinkydoodle. Many of the airbrush systems serving the cookie market are just private-labeled versions of the same thing sourced from China. There are now better airbrushes available to the cookie sector too (I'll be coming out with my own, in fact, in a couple of months; it's an advancement on all I've seen serving this sector so far.)

Julia M. Usher posted:

I'm not sure the ABCS is readily available anymore, but I think it was the same basic system as the Pegasus, which is the same as Duff and Dinkydoodle. Many of the airbrush systems serving the cookie market are just private-labeled versions of the same thing sourced from China. There are now better airbrushes available to the cookie sector too (I'll be coming out with my own, in fact, in a couple of months; it's an advancement on all I've seen serving this sector so far.)

(A.M.A.)  I'm so glad to hear that Julia . I'm definitely going to put your new airbrush system as my number one I *want* that for Christmas list

Stacy L. posted:

Hi! Do you know the release date for your airbrush machine? I'm wanting to buy one in the next month!

I don't have a firm release date yet, though I am fairly certain it won't be next month since I am traveling for a while and we still have several design issues to sort out.

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