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  1. Airbrush Dreams

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    With nozzles being so tiny does anyone have a great. Tool for cleaning the inside of a .3mm and smaller sized nozzles. I try to use whittled down toothpicks and paint brushes but it is extremely difficult. I have not found a dental brush small enough. I don't want to use old needles or welding tool Riemers for fear of damaging the inside of the nozzle. Any great ideas?


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    Jurien72 Have Airbrush - Will Travel!

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    I know that H&S makes a cleaning reamer for their nozzles... some people use an ultrasonic bath. I'd personally like to try that option.
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    If mine ever get blocked, a soak in some 4012 and a good wiggle inside with a tiny hairy brush with long enough bristles so there's no metal on metal does the trick. I'm too nervous to put in anything else, though I have used the needle itself to tease out anything really stubborn before.But since I started using a couple of drops of 4012 as a final flush, it hasn't been an issue.
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    Acetone+cleaning reamer+0.6 dental brush!!


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    I'm with Squishy except I soak the nozzle in Restorer for an hour while I refill my coffee cup. Then the long bristled artist brush.
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    Never thought of the bristle from a hair brush. I am going to have to rummage the brush drawer upstairs. I have done the needle, but I am afraid to scratch the inside or bend the needle tip. That was a great idea Squishy!


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    I do that it is just sometimes hard to get the that thin brush tip to go in.


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    get a brush with long bristles, the one I have is a fineliner, so the diameter is small but the bristles are long. or you could use a thin pinstriping brush if you can find them cheap enough. I can also twirl the brush in the nozzle to help shift the stubborn little blobs. . . the brush also doubles as an 'eyelash brush' for when my control of the air brush isn't happening that day :)
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    I use a broken K33 needle :(
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    I use to sharpen a tooth pick until it got stuck and ruined a micron nozzle. I now just use a golden synthetic rigger paintbrush.
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    The executive approach, very posh, nout wrong wi that:)
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    It pains me so :(
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    I can imagine, busting a normal needle is bad enough, I've never had a k33 but I know what they cost and if i bust one if those I think I would have to stick the remains of it in my own eye:eek:
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    I use a piece of toilet paper (or napkin, etc) and do this with the corners:

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    I use the ones that aren't so soft, otherwise you'll tear them apart. Also watch out for the ones that leave too much waste behind (usually the softer ones are like that). Then I pour some reducer or cleaner inside the nozzle with a small brush and scrub with this. Gotta do it a few times. I clean my nozzle every day like this. It's cheap and easy :D


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    I use spraygun cleaner very effective ,,comes in a spraycan,, spray it both inside the cup and from the nozzle in to the cup,,,(remove the needle ofcourse) I usually use it to clean up my clearcoat gun but found it's very good to my airbrushes too,,don't take much just a couple of squirts and you have a clean airbrush,,
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    I use my needle, very very carefully and reluctantly but, I've just had a thought what about nylon fishing line ?

    It comes in various sizes and is rigid enough to feed into the nozzle.
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    I thought about that. A 10 to 14 pond mono might work but it might be a tad too flexible


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    I have done the liner brush for years but some times the machining inside leaves a step which catches the brush tip and the it just bends. One day it bent and popped the nozzle out of my fingers an sent the nozzle flying across the room. I saw a rubber tip dental pick. But it almost looked too large. I am just trying to find something new.


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    I don't have time to try it to clean the nozzle at the moment but another idea, some stretched plastic sprue (from model kits).

    It seems flexible enough not to break, (i hope) and naturally tapers when stretched, although i sanded the end down to get a finer taper.

    Sorry for the quality of the photo.

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