12 hours ago, Robbie2000 said:
Hi, decorating chocolate molds with cocao butter is something I'm interested in doing, I've tried using smaller guns but I'm interested in totally covering my molds where larger nozzles seem to work best, from what I've heard. My compressor isnt the best, its a 1/5 HP with 3 liter air tank 60 PSI but it gets the job done with patience, however its possible it would be too weak of a system for a larger sprayer. Really have been looking for a 1mm. From what i've heard people find 1mm+ nozzles are easiest to use for this type of work, given the viscosity of cocao butter, but these seem to only be available in larger spray gun products like chef rubber's LvlP Top Gravity Fed Spray. Though products like that are hundreds of dollars and I only want to spend so much for a side-hobby. While It seems pretty easy to find .3mm, .5mm, .8mm food grade airbrush's for under $100, anything 1mm+ on amazon is either HVLP or LVLP for industrial purposes it seems.
For instance this is LVLP, like chef rubber, and while I'm not able to tell how this mechanically compares to those sold by artisan/food grade sellers ; given it's description and intended use I wouldnt think this would be smart to use on anything edible?
But Do cheap, appropriate options exist for what I'm looking for?
This is the thread with the most information on spraying molds. It is long, but it does contain the accumulated wisdom of eGullet people who do this sort of thing. The short answer is that under $100 will get you an airbrush (Badger and Paasche are two). I don't know of any airbrush that has a 1mm nozzle. To get that, as you discovered, you need to get a spray gun. They can be had for much less money but do require more air, thus a compressor with more capacity. I have a compressor with 4.6 gallon capacity. It's fine for an airbrush but struggles with a spray gun. It's the capacity that matters most. I have a Grex airbrush with a 0.7mm nozzle, and I like it, but it's well above $100. You will want a gravity-feed airbrush (or spray gun). So, long story short, you will have to make compromises: If you go with an inexpensive mini-spray gun, you will need a larger compressor, and you will definitely use more cocoa butter than with an airbrush. Or buy a more expensive airbrush (such as the Grex) and perhaps get away with your current compressor, although a 0.7 nozzle profits from a better compressor (Grex has details on this).