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    Re: Do you use compressed air while detailing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bandit Bill View Post
    I was also pleasantly surprised how much faster and effective, I was at vacuuming ...Just a quick shot...to catch the debris was all it took.
    Thanks for the feedback. Any advice on the smallest tank/compressor that would get your interior done? [IE. "surprise you"].

    "Just a quick shot with the air while holding the vacuum nozzle in front to catch the debris was all it took."
    Some us have space problems and in the spring, credit card fingers are starting to twitch. There are stand alone pressure tanks, but, you can get a pancake compressor for around $100. Still........

    It's about the weight...something light enough to put up on a high shelf.

    If you filled the tank and turned off the compressor do you think you'd have enough pressure for the required number of quick shots without sacrificing your standards for the interior.

    Thanks [hopefully not just for me.]
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    Re: Do you use compressed air while detailing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jossy92 View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. Any advice on the smallest tank/compressor that would get your interior done? [IE. "surprise you"].

    This is what I was using with absolutely no issues. 6 gallon, 150 psi max.

    However, I would prefer something smaller, quieter, lighter for mobile detailing. Sorry I don't have a recommendation.

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    Re: Do you use compressed air while detailing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bandit Bill View Post
    ... I was using... 6 gallon, 150 psi max.
    .would prefer something smaller for mobile detailing.
    I will continue researching and let you know if I find something. A compressor with the tank? Appreciate the info, which has given me a different search tactic.

    I am leaning towards a carrier as I will seldom use it.
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    Re: Do you use compressed air while detailing?

    Costco has some pretty cheap small compressors. If you don't like them you can always take them back.

    I'd stay away from the tank only models. You'll likely never use it, as it will be a pain in the but to take to the gas station etc to refill. You loose a lot of air pressure quickly with a blowing air out to atmosphere. It's not the same as inflating a tire.

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    Re: Do you use compressed air while detailing?

    Quote Originally Posted by imacarnut View Post
    Unfortunately not. That's where the leaf blower comes in.
    Same!

    I once put swirls in my paint just to see what it looked like.

    I don't always detail cars, but when I do, I prefer Meguiar's.
    Remove swirls my friends.

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    Re: Do you use compressed air while detailing?

    The important things to look for is the CFM output at a given PSI rating, to ensure the air tools you plan to use will not exceed this rating in order to operate properly. Generally speaking, the higher the HP, the more flow rate you can use on a constant basis (greater number of tools, or tools with higher flow rate requirements). The greater the tank volumes, the longer you can run without having the air pump kick in.

    Tool air requirements SCFM @ 90 PSI
    • 6-inch pneumatic palm Sander / Polisher - 15-20.0
    • 3- inch pneumatic palm Sander / Polisher – 4- 6.0
    • Impact Wrench - 2.5-10.0
    • Mini Die Grinder 4-6.0
    • Grease Gun - 4.0
    • Touch-up HVLP air spray gun 4 – 6.0
    • Air Foamer HP Foam Gun – 5.0
    • Tornador Car Cleaning Gun – 5.0

    Add the CFM of the tools that will be used at the same time plus 10%, add this number to the total CFM required. The number you come up with will be the highest rating of air compressor you should be looking for. This CFM rating will allow you to run your tools without over-taxing the compressor
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