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Micron vs. Infinity

Discussion in 'Airbrushes' started by pcDoc, Sep 21, 2015.


  1. Nada

    Nada Air-Valve Autobot!

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    Yeah wicked is good at what it does, but you do not ever want to let it set up... like ever. I went to bed once forgetting to clean my Krome........ the words that came out of my mouth. I found denatured alchohol ok, but i often use my w 500 as a cleaner. While it seems expensive im still using a quart bottle from months ago. Buying reducer in quarts when chicago airbrush has a sale is like 20 bucks or so.
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    If I drop the AB and it is clearly my fault, I would be mad about myself, but I have to accept it. In this case with the nozzle I don't think I did anything wrong. The amount of power I applied wouldn't even break wood or would be enough to tier paper apart. It was certainly less then it took me to unscrew it...

    Anyway if I get a new one I will try to not remove it an clean it as you all suggested.

    Thanks, that's what I thought. Was just confused, because on the spare part photos it has a rubber o-ring on it.

    This is of course just speculation, but if the nozzle was broken already when I received it that red stuff might have covered the crack and made it work. I honestly cannot believe it would break that easily and a manufacturer would even ship a tool with it, which means failing by default for everyone buying an AB for more than 400€! I knew upfront that it is a fragile part, so even with that warning and quite some experience with such small parts I broke a good nozzle? I really don't know what I should think about that...
  3. Vladimir

    Vladimir Detail Decepticon! Very Likeable!

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    Iwata nozzles do not have any o-ring on them. They're perfectly done and don't need that.
    It's only chinese knock-offs have rubber o-rings.

    There's always human factor. Maybe technician at the iwata factory has overtightened it but hasn't not broken it yet, and you have "finished" that mistake. Who knows. But if it's so then I hear it for the first time.
    I've never had any problem with my iwatas, never. Though I always disassemble each AB after each session for cleaning.
  4. jagardn

    jagardn Airbrush Acquisition Disorder Patient Elite Member!

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    It's not the first time someone snapped a Micron nozzle. There was a thread a few years back where Seamonkey had a rant about it. I definitely like the floating nozzle designs on the Eclipse and H&S brushes better. That being said, the Micron has a slightly better response and control, it's a double edged sword I guess.
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    I know this is an old thread, but I just came across it. I have both the micron and infinity and use both quite a bit. The micron is my daily driver for most things. I think it interesting that some find the response time of the Infinity slower than the micron. I've found quite the opposite, but it may all depend on what kind of paint you are throwing, mix, air pressure and so on.

    I use the infinity 0.15 for really fine work. The micron in my opinion is a much better all around brush, but for pulling very fine detail without losing paint flow or getting spotting, the Infinity beats it in my hands. Once you open up however and for general casual use, I find that the micron gives me a wider range of control. The infinity opens up too quick if you go a bit bigger, and the lack of something like a MAC valve to control the pressure at the gun mean, that while still good, you don't have quite the control you do with a micron. But for extreme detail and working close to the canvas, I much prefer the H&S Infinity 0.15.

    I've wondered about this over the years, as the micron 0.18 is very close. I think the difference ultimately boils down to something about the taper on the needle, and with the same taper on an Iwata needle, I bet they would perform next to identically at the small scale.

    I do some very small work on occasion, and having the Infinity around is great, but it is not what I primarily use, because as I said, it opens too fast so you can suddenly find yourself throwing too much paint too rapidly when you go bigger. The Micron is a much smoother transition with more control.
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