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Old 02-19-2007, 03:52 PM
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Anyone Airbrush?

I took some lessons a few years ago and got into cartooning and such then not thinking left paint on the needle and messed it up. I use an Iwata HP-C duel position gravity feed (jeesh say that ten times fast). Does anyone else do air brush art? And possibly know where I can get a new needle and also where I can find a quiet electric air compressor?

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I used to do a little back in the day. I had a cheap setup and let it get gummed up too. Trashed it years ago.

Try asking in the "Garage - Tools" forum... you'll get a faster answer.
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I took some lessons a few years ago and got into cartooning and such then not thinking left paint on the needle and messed it up. I use an Iwata HP-C duel position gravity feed (jeesh say that ten times fast). Does anyone else do air brush art? And possibly know where I can get a new needle and also where I can find a quiet electric air compressor?

Thanks,
-Keith
Look at some of the modeling (airplane, car, etc.) websites and magazines. There are many compressors specifically designed for airbrush use. You can also find airbrush dealers that my be able to help you look for parts.

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It's very important that you keep the airbrush clean by running solvent through it at regular intervals. Get a little plastic spray bottle or those mini plastic 1 oz. bottles with the snap-open tops so you can measure out drops and keep it clean between sprays. The airbrush will only work as a precision instrument if you keep it super-clean for consistency of operation. If you're using water-based, water or a little alcohol would be your solvent, or a dedicated airbrush cleaner. Don't soak your airbrush in solvent because paint thinner or reducer will eat up the little o-rings and ruin it. Run thinner through it to loosen up the needle, but if it is still jammed remove the air cap assembly and firmly pull it out or push it through without bending it. Bearair or Coast Airbrush are great for supplies, like new needles, compressors and whatnot. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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I just got one for chrismas but im holding off on using it until i get a presure reg (one seperate from my big compressor) so i dont blow it up
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Get a can of carb cleaner. DO NOT let it get on plastic pieces, but thats the ticket for cleaning dried up paint. I don't know of anything that works better. Flush it when you are done.
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Castrol "Super Clean" will do the trick if you soak it in it for a while... won't hurt any of your o-rings or plastics either.

A soak in "Pine-Sol" works too.
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all the right advice

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It's very important that you keep the airbrush clean by running solvent through it at regular intervals. Get a little plastic spray bottle or those mini plastic 1 oz. bottles with the snap-open tops so you can measure out drops and keep it clean between sprays. The airbrush will only work as a precision instrument if you keep it super-clean for consistency of operation. If you're using water-based, water or a little alcohol would be your solvent, or a dedicated airbrush cleaner. Don't soak your airbrush in solvent because paint thinner or reducer will eat up the little o-rings and ruin it. Run thinner through it to loosen up the needle, but if it is still jammed remove the air cap assembly and firmly pull it out or push it through without bending it. Bearair or Coast Airbrush are great for supplies, like new needles, compressors and whatnot. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Agila1 gave you the info you need, use a good cleaner all the time, I buy from Bearair.com, I did this Model A mail box last weekend, my second one, took a class last year,but don't do much, it's fun when I find the time

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If you have access to an ultrasonic cleaner, for jewelry or the ones used for old repeadograph pens, you can get the stubborn crap out of the hard to reach places. I had forgotten paint in my old badger for over ten years, and that's how I cleaned it. Then my wife accidentally threw both of them away. Now I have a new Iwata HP.
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