I have just taken the leap into airbrushing, and I must say, it was not a smashing success. Yes, I got color to come out and land in the molds, but there are issues. I decided to start simple and got the Badger 250, which many people (including Norman Love, I have read) use. I got an Iwata compressor. I bought the "Molding Techniques" DVD by Bill Fredericks. What happened is what Kerry Beal described some time ago: There was a huge cloud of cocoa butter that, in spite of the mask I had bought--as Kerry recommended--was unpleasant and gave me the distinct impression that something was wrong. I can't believe that chocolatiers endanger their health regularly. There must be something I am doing wrong since in the DVD there is no cloud--and no coughing fits.
As for the result, the coverage seems quite light, even after repeated passes over the mold. The coverage seems light, that is, until I go to scrape the extra that lands around the cavities.
I am ready to give up and go back to painting cavities with a finger or with a brush. If it weren't for the expense of the compressor, I probably would. Does anyone who uses the Badger 250 have any suggestions as to what I could do to solve the problem? I should add that I am working inside a very large box, but that does not stop the cocoa butter cloud. There is only so far one can stand away from the procedure and still be able to work. And I have adjusted the nozzle up and down. If I lower it (less paint coming out and less cocoa butter cloud), there is barely any color at all deposited in the mold..