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Discussion in 'Artists Log' started by Pascal-A, Jul 1, 2021.


  1. JackEb

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    nail polish remover will do in a pinch. as said though, make sure any of the seals/o-rings are off (some don't have any on the nozzle so don't worry if you don't see any)
    a long bristle artist brush is good for poking out the softened paint and cleaning out inside the nozzle. You'll only get a few of the paint brush bristles through the nozzle.
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    I made a picture of the pieces of my Iwata Eclipse. The lowest is the nozzle, but wich one is the seal?
    So far I have done these 3 pieces in a cup with airbrush cleaner for about a day and 3 or 4 times repeated that. When I tested the airbrush it still gets bubbles in the cup so there must be still be paint s stuck.
    Now I will try ammonia to try to get it clean.
    Which one is not allowed to be for a long time in ammonia?
    I also checked with a loupe and most looks fine. My guess is the nozzle. Pieces.jpg
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    In the middle photo the head cap there may be a black seal were it screws off the other photos don't have a seal as far as I can see there might be one were the nozzle is screwed to the brass bit .
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    You can leave them all in the ammonia just take check for the seals first then remove the seals they will probably be black rubber things.
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    Forgot to mention you can have a look at he eclipse parts diagram look out for seals which are really called o rings hope I haven't confused you.
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    The second picture - I think it's the head cap - could be removed in an extra piece, but it all looks metal, not a seal.
    Everything looks clean so I only will soak the nozzle. I found a nail polish remove bottle. How long would you advice to use that?
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    I'm sure how long you can soak it on nail polish remover just try soaking it in a small container for few minutes then take it out ann using the paint brush bristles clean unable it I would clean the head cap in it as well the paint passes through that also then put it all together and give it a good blast with air use a high psi around 50 for about 2minutes problem solved.
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    So far no succes...
    Maybe I should buy that ammonia bottle then?
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    Just buy a new nozzle for piece of mine.
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    I have another one. I will continue with if I can'r get the current nozzle clean.
    It's expensive. Almost 30 euro for one nozzle.
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    Update:
    I think figured it out: there's a piece of the small Iwata cleaning brush in the tip of the nozzle.
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    that won't be helping flow lol

    I don't use the cleaning brushes with the metal core on the airbrushes and they're not small enough to get into the nozzle.
    Interdental brushes (plastic core) come in handy but again they are to0 large for nozzles.
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    Here is the schematic for the Eclipse.
    you can safely soak the four pieces on the left (I-601-1 : I-602-2 : I603-1 : I-604-2 )
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    If you're sure there's something from your brush in your nozzle.
    Ammonia won't help.
    The iwatta brushes are made to withstand solvents.
    Can you put the needle through your nozzle?
    If you can, there's something else going on.
    Try your new nozzle just spray some water through it.
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    With very light presure that's not possible, but I am not planning to use the needle with hard pressure because it will probably dammage the needle. I studied the tip of the nozzle with the Iwata loupe (it has a light and 30x and 60x magnifying) and there's something stuck in it. Probably the part of that small Iwata brush.
    Later I will use another new nozzle. See how it goes.
    I learned two things:
    1. Clean the tip more during airbrushing - Even more than I already did.
    2. Don't use the small Iwata cleaning brushes to clean nozzles.

    @JackEb Thank you for the schematic. So the 4 pieces on the left are each without a seal?
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    You will not damage the needle at 50 psi try using can you screw of the nozzle from the brass bit looks like you can if so you will be able to get into the nozzle alot easy with paint brush bristles.
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    do you have any fishing line around that you could use to poke through from the pointy end of the nozzle ?
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    Yes, no seals on those parts
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    Jacky does the nozzle screw of the brass piece on that section Pascal might want to screw it off to make it easier with the fishing line l have used fishing line and it works really well great advise for Pascal.
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