Questions about proper airbrush pressure are common – but unfortunately – there is not one simple answer.
Don’t worry – there is hope
While I may not be able to provide a single answer, I can provide a selection of answers and some discussion that will get you on the right track to finding the perfect “airbrush pressure” for your particular project.
Here are the pressures I prefer to use for my projects….
(keep reading to find the explanations as to why I prefer them)
NOTE: These are the pressures being DELIVERED to your airbrush, not the pressure that is seen on the surface you’re painting
- Fine Art = 20 – 25 psi
- Custom (Automotive, Helmets, etc) = 20 – 25 psi
- Murals = 20 – 25 psi
- T-Shirts = 30 – 40 psi
For these types of projects, because they are directly on or near skin, I highly recommend you read the explanation why that follows as it is a safety concern:
- Nail Art = 15 psi
- Body Paint = 15 psi
- Face Paint = 15 psi or less