Hi - Last weekend I made about 300 "dots", practicing on wrapping paper with Createx black. I hope I cleaned my airbrush well enough, we'll get to that. I sprayed a bunch of water through it until it came out clear. A local acrylic shop has scraps for a $1 a sheet, sized around 12"x12" or so, and I figured I could get a lot of layering and candy/metallic color practice with those. So I bought a bunch, and started in on one tonight. Step 1, using Createx Autoborne Sealer to prep for color. Even though I suspect I used too much reducer, the first cup went fine. After refilling it, nothing would come out. I got super frustrated, kept changing pressure, thickened up the sealer, etc. Finally decided to quit and started trying to run cleaner through it (Medea cleaner). I got a lot of bubbles in the cup with both the sealer and cleaner. I started taking things apart and cleaning individual parts, and finally got the cleaner to run through it until it looked like everything was clean. But I still had a bunch of sealer, so I decided to use it up. Sometimes it sprayed, sometimes it didn't. When it did, it would occasionally splutter, so an even pass had breaks in it. (See pics). At this point, I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong and how to fix it. Any thoughts and pointers where to look and learn more? Since I'm going for coverage, I'm basically keeping the air and paint on the whole time, just going up and down the sheet in a horizontal pass, move down a bit, repeat. Is my needle bent? It looks like the tip is bent to me, what say the experts? I'm not sure exactly what to look for or how bad it has to be before it negatively impacts me. One thing that may or may not be important, this airbrush was brand new in 1984. This is the first time it's been used since then, and it's just been sitting in a box. Are there seals or other wear items that may have dried out and may need to be replaced? All the youtube videos make this look so easy I've got a long way to go. Pics of my uneven horizontal passes in the middle of the square (yeah, I know about overlapping, still figuring things out. Trying to get an even line first ) Looks bent to me, how bad is it? Thanks!