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Cleaning Your Airbrush
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Posted: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 - 01:36 AM UTC
Ah I see. I am not a big chemist, sorry.

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Posted: Saturday, March 06, 2010 - 09:42 AM UTC
Thanks alot Matt .Alot of great tips
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Posted: Saturday, March 06, 2010 - 10:26 AM UTC

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Matt

Can I use lacquer thinner or denatured alcohol in the tank instead of water to strip off enamel paints?


No. Ultrasonic cleaners are not designed to be used with solvents.



Matt is absolutely right, and please don't ask me how I know
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Posted: Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 04:57 PM UTC
I run warm water from a slowly flowing faucet through the paint intake on my Paasche mil then backflush with faucet water still flowing, pull out the needle wipe the needle down and pass it through completely with the tip removed wiping needle each time, maybe weird? but seems to be working fine.I tear it down every few month to inspect and remove any gunk from air valve ect.I run the compressor at 30 psi for all this...maybe overkill? tamiya acryl or MM acryl is the usual paint.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 08:45 AM UTC
Hi
I have a few questions after reading the thread. First of all though, I have a Badger 200GF and have been using the Badger airbrush cleaner and water to clean it. I also mainly use acrylics. I want to give it a good clean as I think it maybe a bit clogged even though i clean it after each colour I use.
I'm sure I read soaking it overnight in meths or white spirits might work - any comments?
All the cleaning products mentioned are obviously American brands I've never heard of - what are the equivilent UK brands? I'm not into cleaning products but at least if I know the UK brands I can look out for them.
What kinda shops sell distilled water? Might sound daft but what about mineral water?

thanks
Mike
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Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 09:21 AM UTC
For distilled water, try your pharmacy or grocer. I wouldn't recomment mineral water as it will contain various compounds that will clog your brush worse than the paint. You might also consider isopropal alcohol (sorry about the spelling). Finally, for really tough globs, consider, very carefully, using laquer thinner. It'll probably get out the clots but it may melt plastic items you don't want to melt. Experience talking there.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 05:23 PM UTC
Guys

A very interesting thread, but about one thing I am very curious. I use Tamiya acrylics exclusively for my airbrushing, and previously used either Tamiya acrylic thinner, methylated spirits or isopropyl alchohol to clean the beast.

Lately, however, I have been using Tamiya's own airbrush cleaner, and I was surprised not to see it mentioned in this thread. It comes in the same size bottle as their enamel and acrylic thinners (ie 250ml) and is the same rectangular shape, only it has a bright pink lid. It stinks when you're using it, but it seems to do the job. I usually just blow through a couple of cups full then backwash.

Anybody else had any experience with it ?

Cheers

Rob

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Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 07:34 AM UTC

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Hi
I have a few questions after reading the thread. First of all though, I have a Badger 200GF and have been using the Badger airbrush cleaner and water to clean it. I also mainly use acrylics. I want to give it a good clean as I think it maybe a bit clogged even though i clean it after each colour I use.
I'm sure I read soaking it overnight in meths or white spirits might work - any comments?
All the cleaning products mentioned are obviously American brands I've never heard of - what are the equivilent UK brands? I'm not into cleaning products but at least if I know the UK brands I can look out for them.
What kinda shops sell distilled water? Might sound daft but what about mineral water?

thanks
Mike

Paasche reccomends not soaking the airbrush in solvents ect,I am guessing the other brands are the same? I am just not that finicky about using our pristine Idaho water granted I do periodically completely disassemble and clean up with solvents I sure am not pro but this works for me
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Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 08:59 AM UTC
Solvents are not recommended for soaking because they may attack the sealing rings and subsequently leave residues that are hard to remove. The metal bodies of the airbrushes aren't supposed to be affected by solvents.

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Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 10:13 AM UTC
I recently bought a ultra sonic cleaner from e bay,I paid $35 dollars for it.It does a ecellent job.
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Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 10:28 AM UTC
D'oh

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Solvents are not recommended for soaking because they may attack the sealing rings



Left the glass part of an eyedropper sitting in laquer thinner while I airbrushed some parts. Returned to find that the thinner was eating away at the PLASTIC tray I was soaking the eyedropper in.
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Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 11:12 AM UTC

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Hi
I have a few questions after reading the thread. First of all though, I have a Badger 200GF and have been using the Badger airbrush cleaner and water to clean it. I also mainly use acrylics. I want to give it a good clean as I think it maybe a bit clogged even though i clean it after each colour I use.
I'm sure I read soaking it overnight in meths or white spirits might work - any comments?
All the cleaning products mentioned are obviously American brands I've never heard of - what are the equivilent UK brands? I'm not into cleaning products but at least if I know the UK brands I can look out for them.
What kinda shops sell distilled water? Might sound daft but what about mineral water?

thanks
Mike



Mike you can get distilled water from Halfords or other motor parts shops, while 'Medea Airbrush Cleaner' is available from good airbrush shops.
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Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 12:20 PM UTC
Hi fellas,
This is a great thread!
Okay, I'm a newbie at this modelling lark. Very damn newbie, in fact!
I haven't even started airbrush painting yet as I'm still in the building stage of my models.
I decided to really splash out some time ago on an Iwata Custon Micron B with an Iwata compressor but I'm scared sh*tless of using it because of what we are all talking about here in this thread!
After reading this thread it looks like I'll invest in an ultrasonic cleaner but can any of you guys give me some good advice on how to use the Iwata airbrush, clean it & keep it like new, please?
You can answer in this thread or even PM me or email me. My email you'll find in my profile.
I'm really looking forward to your help to give me some confidence for my modelling future.
Thanks a million fellas.
Joe.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 02:43 AM UTC

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D'oh

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Solvents are not recommended for soaking because they may attack the sealing rings



Left the glass part of an eyedropper sitting in laquer thinner while I airbrushed some parts. Returned to find that the thinner was eating away at the PLASTIC tray I was soaking the eyedropper in.



Yes, yes, "hot" solvents are dangerous stuff.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 06:12 AM UTC

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Hi fellas,
This is a great thread!
Okay, I'm a newbie at this modelling lark. Very damn newbie, in fact!
I haven't even started airbrush painting yet as I'm still in the building stage of my models.
I decided to really splash out some time ago on an Iwata Custon Micron B with an Iwata compressor but I'm scared sh*tless of using it because of what we are all talking about here in this thread!
After reading this thread it looks like I'll invest in an ultrasonic cleaner but can any of you guys give me some good advice on how to use the Iwata airbrush, clean it & keep it like new, please?
You can answer in this thread or even PM me or email me. My email you'll find in my profile.
I'm really looking forward to your help to give me some confidence for my modelling future.
Thanks a million fellas.
Joe.


Hi Joe,
As far as how to clean your Iwata and keep it like new, well, read this whole thread! I don't know what else to add!
To learn how to use your Iwata, I suggest you go here - http://www.howtoairbrush.com/
Video demonstrations, tutorials, and step by step lessons, all free! I think this is the best site on the web for airbrush lessons!
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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 06:55 AM UTC
Hi Matt,
Now this is exactly what I need!
Thanks my friend, for pointing me in the right direction!
All the very best to you.
Joe.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 09:48 AM UTC

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Hi Matt,
Now this is exactly what I need!
Thanks my friend, for pointing me in the right direction!
All the very best to you.
Joe.


Thanks Joe, and enjoy your new airbrush! If you get stuck, just post on this forum.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 10:32 AM UTC
Will do Matt,
I've read a couple of your threads & I have to say tha you are a font of knowledge.
It's eye opening reading what you have to say, sometimes.
Take care for now.
Joe.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 05:35 AM UTC
Hi Matt,
I'm just curious but would you recommend having 2 airbrushes?
I've heard that some modellers do.
Joe.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 07:23 AM UTC
Hi Joe,
As a matter of fact, I have 3 airbrushes in the rack on my bench.
An Iwata Revolution CR, .5mm nozzle.
A Tamiya HG (same brush as the Iwata HP-C+, made by the same company, BB Rich), .3mm nozzle.
A Grex XN, .2mm nozzle.
Each one has maximum and minimum limits of it's spray pattern. The CR is for large areas and base coats, the HG is for general camo and smaller areas, and the XN is for tight camo, lines, and small details.
Your Iwata Custom Micron B is a top of the line fine detail airbrush. It has a .18mm nozzle. It will spray the finest of hairlines, but even if you open it up full, it won't cover more than 3/4 of an inch wide. That's where the airbrushes with bigger nozzles come in.
By the way, My CR has a pre-set adjustment handle added, and all of my airbrushes have Micro Control Valves on them. This gives me superfine control of the paint and air flow right at the airbrush. Even if you are a skilled airbrush artist, this makes life MUCH easier.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 08:25 AM UTC
Hi Matt,
Thanks for the tips. Looks like I'll be investing in more stuff then! Will I need more than 1 compressor?
Tell me a little bit more about pre-adjustment handles & micro control valves.
Anything to make life much easier I'm interested in.
If you like, you can PM me with the info & point me towards the right airbrushes & other airbrush tools I will need.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Joe.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 09:03 AM UTC
Joe,

Have a look at the Airbrush Company, based on the south coast (www.airbrushes.com) as they sell the micro valves for Iwata. These screw onto the airbrush where the hose attaches, and have a screw that cuts off air flow so you can reduce effective air pressure without fiddling with the compressor. I visited their shop/warehouse last year...

Tom
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Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 09:22 AM UTC
Hi Tom,
Thanks for the pointer. I'll get on to that right now.
Nice to hear from you again, by the way.
I'll be in touch in a couple of weeks regarding the Barking meeting.
All the very best to you.
Joe.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 09:28 AM UTC
I have an Iwata HP CS and I use acrylic paints. Everytime I am done using it I run windshield washer fluid through it and just some water to clean out the cup. After reading this I will be using distilled water from now on.

I also do a complete breakdown of the air brush after every use. Once you get the hang of it, it is worth spending 5 minutes to clean it out.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 09:38 AM UTC
Joe,

If you haven't already sorted out all your airbrushing needs by then, you'll find the collective brain of the club has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and fisherman's tales to offer! (Free advice comes with a full money-back guarantee...)

See ya soon,

Tom