If you’re looking to expand your cake decorating tools to match your growing skills, an airbrush decorating kit is precisely the thing you need. It’s a versatile tool that adds depth and visual interest to your cake decorating in a way you can’t quite get with plain frosting.
US Cake Supply’s Airbrush kit is a great way to expand your hobby to new skills. It has everything that you need to get started and is affordable. Is it worth it? Let’s break it all down to see if it’s something that’s going to bring you joy or only disappointment.
What’s In The Kit?
You could piecemeal your airbrush kit together, but why? US Cake Supply put together a kit to help you get started regardless of what your skill level is. Let’s take a look at what you get with this particular kit.
The airbrush machine is a professional grade airbrush with three different airflow-control settings. The hose itself is six feet, giving you plenty of space not only to get around whatever you might be decorating, but you don’t even have to waste table space by putting the machine right next to your dessert.
The airflow controls are intuitive and easy to use, giving you some control over the depth of color and the speed of application. This is great when you don’t need a solid coat of color or if you’re experimenting with your technique.
It’s a single action, gravity fed airbrush with a 0.4 mm tip. The cup holds 1/16 of an ounce which is plenty to hold color without creating too much of a mess. The compressor runs at 110 volts.
It includes 12 vibrant colors, a complete set to get you started on all your designs. The colors are easy to apply and mix, and span a good range across the color spectrum. I do wish there were more colors included, but it’s hard to complain about 12. They’re made in the US and are certified kosher.
It also comes with a color chart to help you with your mixing plus directions for the entire machine and components. The user manual also includes tips for the beginners in technique and designs you can follow while you’re learning and developing your own style.
What’s The Good?
It’s simple to assemble and comes with everything you need not just in terms of supplies but also tips and techniques. I love how easy it is to assemble and learn. The hose is sufficient length to give you plenty of space to move around.
It’s got excellent control for a beginner’s set. Three different airflow settings are sufficient to give you some flexibility in your design and techniques, but it’s not overwhelming for a beginner. The manual is an excellent resource and convenient for getting started.
What’s The Bad?
It’s a little on the noisy side, which shouldn’t bother you too much for quick jobs or if noise isn’t a big deal. If you’re looking for a quiet machine, this may not be the right one. Although it isn’t a huge concern, I was a little disappointed at the amount of noise.
Part of the issue with the noise is that the overall machine is the tiniest bit underpowered. The compressor gets the job done, but I do wish it had just a little bit more power. It’s not going to satisfy a master cake decorator, but if this is your first time using a machine like this, it should be plenty of power to get your feet wet.
I also wish it had a better storage system. It doesn’t come with a storage case of any kind, but that would have really ramped up the kit for beginners. You’ll have to come up with your own suitable storage system or carrying case if you move around a lot.
How Do I Use It?
It doesn’t take too much to learn to use the machine. You basically plug the hose into the compressor and plug the machine itself into the outlet to start power. The short hose attaches to the compressor on one end and the filter on the other. The long hose connects from here to the nozzle.
As you’re applying color, experiment with how fast to move and the rate of speed. It’s best to move slowly through each speed setting to prevent an uneven application of color. Don’t run your gun for more than 20 minutes straight at a time to avoid overheating.
Make sure you use colors specifically for the airbrush gun. They go into the nozzle where they can be distributed through the nozzle at the speed you choose. Use the trigger to control the rate and make sure you spend some time getting acquainted with how it works.
How Do I Clean It?
The first thing to remember is never to use hot water on your airbrush gun because it could warp some of the plastic pieces. Instead, use warm water to fill the paint cup and purge the color when you’re finished.
Next, put the needle and cup under the warm water and allow it to run for a few minutes. As long as the water is nowhere near the compressor or the power cord, you should be fine. No power actually runs through that part of the gun, so you’re in no danger.
Is It Worth It?
I recommend this particular airbrush kit for beginner to intermediate decorators who don’t need a lot of power but would like a full package to get things started. It’s not going to be very satisfying if you’re an accomplished decorator, it’s probably not the best choice.
Beginners, you should have plenty in this kit to get started and practice skills at an affordable price before upgrading to a more expensive machine. It’s a good start and an excellent choice. Stop waiting to improve your skills and get going with the only kind of device that can get those smooth colors and flawless designs.