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Badger Brand Airbrush Question.

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I picked up a Badger 100 GXF airbrush from a buddy of mine this weekend and LOVE IT! It's a few years old, but almost identical to the 100 model line available today. It sprays MUCH better than my Harbor Freight 2-stage, and cleans easier too. smile.gif

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But here's my question......I was wanting to spray some thicker paint, and step up to the Medium spray regulator/head assembly, as it has the Fine head assembly now.

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Is it necessary to upgrade the needle/needle tube/spray regulator and all associated parts along the needle, to utilize the benefits of the medium spray regulator/head assembly?

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or can I just upgrade to the Medium spray regulator/head assembly, and use a Fine needle to spray thicker paints?

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Thanks in Advance! beers.gif

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If it's like my Badger 170, each size tip includes a needle, a nozzle insert, and a screw-on spray cap. Size is designated by the number of rings etched into the piece, or sometimes an etched number or letter S-M-L. When I accidentally mismatched the parts, the results were rarely good but if you don't have the complete set of tip parts that came with the airbrush, experimentation can't hurt much.

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Thanks Bob,

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I have a Medium and Fine Head Assembly (tip) and needle. But, the Medium needle won't fit in the Needle Chuck in the back or the tube shank. Which leads me to believe I would need those parts also to use the Medium Needle? Unless I just use the Fine needle in the Medium Head Assembly?

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The Fine needle seals at the tip like it does with the Fine Head Assembly, but I'm just not sure how the results will be yet. :huh:

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And the parts list/websites don't show different sized Needle Chucks/tube shanks?

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Maybe it is just a matter of experimentation. I did shoot Badger an e-mail on this too though; so we'll see.:)

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I looked at a schematic for a 100 series and it apparently uses a 3 part head assembly plus the needle. The head assemblies are sold as sets in S/M/L, as are the needles. The nozzle on the 100 looks similar to one on an Iwata (a small screw-in nozzle) and is probably sort of fragile, so I can't recommend trying to mix/match the parts because a wrong size needle can split the nozzle if you aren't careful. I haven't seen specs on the hole sizes in mm for the various head assemblies. I use an a/b with .3mm tip for thicker paints and flakes, and one with .2mm tip for fine shading and details (Iwata). To me, .3mm - .35mm is the 'sweet spot' in tip size if you are going to use one a/b because it will shoot almost any a/b paint but can produce decent shading and detail, with experience.

If your medium needle will not fit in the back of the a/b, I'm suspicious that it may not be intended for that model Badger.

All said and done, I think the correct head assembly parts, paired with the right needle, will give you much better results with fewer clogs and goofs, and will make using your a/b a lot more fun and productive to use.

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I certainly agree on matching up all the parts; as I think my problem might be making more sense.

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I had a chance to call Badger and they were very helpful. I can't help but think, that the medium needle package I bought, may not actually have had a medium needle in the pack; it actually looks quite a bit larger than the Fine. I'm gonna swing by the hobby shop tomorrow, bring my airbrush, Fine and New needle; and compare.

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Tha packages are not really sealed, and someone could've bought the pack and swapped out a large needle for the medium; only to return. I hope to know more about this tomorrow evening. (fingers crossed) ;)

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