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Getting flack for dirty brushes

Discussion in 'General Airbrush Discussion' started by crewchief227, Jul 7, 2018.


  1. crewchief227

    crewchief227 Spider Splatterer

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    So this person on Reddit read worried about scratches on his iwata HP-CS. I was concerned myself when my brushes started brassing in the cups. Now I think of it more as character the oldest my Microns get. Anyway I posted a pic of my cups to show him how all Iwatas will brass in the cup after years of wear. OP was grateful that he was worried over nothing. But subsequent follow up posts were dissing me for having paint on my brushes. And I'm like hello do you use them, are you a painter or just a trophy collector? I use my tools, and that's all they are. Ok rant over just hate judgy collectors cause you paint with what they wish they had to put on their shelf, which is a waste of a brush.
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    JackEb The Dragon Hunter Staff Member Admin

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    Haters gonna hate lol

    Although having said that, my brushes get used, (not as much as I’d like at the moment) but when I’ve finished a project I will clean them inside and out. The outside really isn’t hard to keep clean especially when I only use water based paint.
    I like a clean tool, it makes using it so much nicer :)
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    Robbyrockett2 Air-Valve Autobot!

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    http://airbrushforum.org/threads/fine-line-speed-distance-reference.20286/
    I aspire to keep them clean but...
    See my brush in the video.
    Yes it has delicate parts, no it is not a surgical instrument.
    Yes it does look really pretty all polished up sometimes, but it is just a $100 tool, it's not really any more special than my wagner powerpainter.
    Actually the wagner can make me a lot more money a lot quicker and easier lol.
  4. crewchief227

    crewchief227 Spider Splatterer

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    No sh!t, a H.S. kid with a Wagner, makes more than any airbrush painter.
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    jord001 Air-Valve Autobot!

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    Mine are usually cleaned after use but i have on occasion flushed them out and left them for a day or two with paint on the outside as i know i am coming back to paint. Some people live to criticise others.

    Lee
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  6. Jurien72

    Jurien72 Have Airbrush - Will Travel!

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    I have an irrational fear of an unclean airbrush. Its all my brothers fault!!!
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    basepaint Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    I switch between my brushes as they have a quick connection an just flush them between colors so most have some drops of paint on the outside but it won't kill me to leave it till I quit for the night and can give them a flush and wipe down till I use them again!That being said I strip the brushes down about once a month and get all the paint and crud out then put them back together with a spot of lube here and there!
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