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How to clean your airbrush

Discussion in 'General Airbrush Tutorials' started by AndreZA, Nov 5, 2015.


  1. Ttxela

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    Ah, good stuff. My brush is an Iwata so I shall continue removing my needle from the back :thumbsup:

    I do find back flushing helps the cleaning process though so I'll probably continue with that too!
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    If you find a way which works for you just stick with it. No need to change it if that doesn't hurt your airbrush. I don't know how sensitive are those expensive airbrushes like rest of you have, my eclipse is bullet proof.
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    Happened to me few times when I started, that I couldn't pull the needle on back cause it was full of dry paint. I push it from the front. Nothing bad happened to my airbrush... Dunno :laugh:
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    Remember Iwata are also the people that says that if the nozzle on the Micron is worn you need to replace the whole head.

    The "removing from front" part came from earlier when it was mentioned that dried paint on the needle prevented the user from removing the needle out the back. If the needle can move freely then no need to go out the front. It just makes perfect sense that if the needle can not go out the one way, remove it other way.
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    Hey I didn't say it's the truth what Iwata guy send me in mail! :laugh:
    That screen shoot was for ttxela so he can get ''official'' answer from Iwata. But like already mentioned I did pull few times needle from front, cause I had to much dry paint build on needle and my eclipse was fine.

    If I would seek an advice I would seek from you guys. You guys here tested bunch of variations, you also destroyed bunch of airbrushes and you guys here have experience what to do and what to not. If I destroy nozzle or needle on eclipse its piece of cake. Few bucks. But if I would have a micron that can be very expensive. I would ask you guys on forum what to and what to not. :)

    When my needle didn't wont to go out from back I didn't have any other choice then to pull it from the front. Sooooooo lol pull it from the front it was :cool: I didn't tested soaking with needle inside though.

    edit: let me refraze this: Destroyed- dropping, thread experimenting and so on. :) you guys know the limits, cause you tried more or less everything on them.
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    I guess as with almost anything you deal with it the best you can. I imagine the best advice would be to clean it well enough when you finish that the needle doesn't stick in the first place.

    As a relative newcomer I'm still not familiar with the exact details of how everything works so tend to proceed with caution, however on at least one occasion the needle has been stuck so firmly that it required a washleather between the jaws of some pliers to extract it (from the back). My airbrush seems to have survived this treatment but I imagine it's lifespan, or at least the lifespan of the seals would be reduced if this became a habit.

    Next time I'll try a good soak!
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    I wouldn't use pliers... I would rather put reducer inside and wait few hours. I do this from time to time to my sbs. I let reducer inside so it softens all the paint.

    Try to use reducer when you cleaning. Works wonders.
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    Admittedly this sounds like a much better idea, however I'm lucky if I can get a few hours each week to use my airbrush and if I find the needle stuck when I'm ready to go you bet I'm looking for a faster solution!

    I guess the lesson is to make sure to clean it perfectly before it's put away :whistling::rolleyes:
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