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Cleaning Airbrush Between Colors?
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Posted 22 December 2011 - 12:29 AM
i usually back flush a few times and gets most of it out. also helps by painting lightest paints first and darkest last. when painting black, i take very little effort it getting all the paint out because i know it will get overpowered by the black.
Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:52 AM
I use airbrush cleaner, just a few drops, back flush and dump. Another thing I found that works great to help remove the paint is a Q-tip. For the opaque colors that are thicker, a few drop of cleaner and wipe with
Posted 30 December 2011 - 02:38 PM
Be careful...the amonia in windex can damage your brush some people say. I used to use it but now i use simple green. Buy it in bulk at wally world and make a very diluted mixture and it goes a long way for cheap.
Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:10 PM
Anybody used the Createx Airbrush Cleaner? I got a jug of it and thought I'd try it as a last resort for this major stoppage I have. I've already tried Acetone with no luck. Gun won't spray nothing but air and the needle is sticking in the open position when I let go of the trigger. I have an Iwata Hi-Line HP-CH. I am about to order something else.
Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:01 PM
If you've got problems that are that severe you need to get some Createx Airbrush Restorer and soak the front of your brush in it for a few hours. It will dissolve the dried paint and allow you to get the gunk out of the nozzle.
Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:16 PM
That should do the trick. You also might want to roll the needle on a flat surface to make sure it isn't bent.
Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:45 PM
mine did that and the needle was bent straightened out the needle and it worked fine after that,unscrew the front crown and look at the needle
Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:01 PM
Thanks, guys, for your response. After phoning Ben, I think I have my problem fixed. After soaking the front of the brush in Acetone overnight with no results, I drove 55 miles (one way) this morning to buy some Createx Airbrush Restorer. After a two hour bath in that stuff....my airbrush started coughing up some of the first paint I shot through it (3 months ago). I am now a believer in thoroughly cleaning my brush after every use. Thanks, Ben, for the tip.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 03:26 PM
No problem. Glad I could help. If you get mad at your airbrush and want to throw it away again just call me and I'll give you an address to throw it in. lol
Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:06 AM
Anybody know how to remove the packing nut, etc. inside an Iwata Hi-Line CH?
Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:25 AM
I take my cup off put it in a little jar with lightly soap water put the top on and give it a shake or two then I put the on the brush with water and spray it into a half gallon milk jug with a small hole in the side until it comes clean
Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:32 AM
I don't know how to remove it, but just curious why would you? Maybe to replace the O-ring? If your still having problems I would remove the needle & nozzle and run a cleaning brush through it. Harbor Frieght sells them for about $5.
Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:13 AM
If your still having cleaning issues get a set of the brushes pictured below. Soak the airbrush in the Createx Airbrush Restorer and then run the brush through the packing gland to clean it. No need to take the packing gland out of the brush. (not even sure you can)
Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:48 AM
Just ordered from HF.
Thanks to you and Gunnie.
Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:10 AM
Thanks everyone for the advise. I have been practicing and have found a way that works for me! I start by painting the lightest colors first. After each color I dump the paint out. Backflush twice with water, backflush with Windex Anti Bacterial. And then use a syringe without a needle to shoot waterdown into the cup ad needle. Its been workng good so far. Rob
Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:23 PM
That's what it's all about. Finding what works for YOU! Make sure it is ammonia free windex as it has been said the ammonia will take the finish off the brush. It's beyond me if you rinse it off with water but that's the deal.
Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:05 PM
@nedyarb - Are you having any problem with your finishing coats? I'm wondering if the Windex with Anti bacterial causes finishing coat problems. if not what type of finish do you use? Maybe the final clean water shoot you do removes any residual Windex from your cup. Just curious. If its working for you that's great.
Posted 14 January 2012 - 06:11 PM
Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:46 PM
No problems but I flush it with a syringe full of water before filling with paint! I use etex for topcoat.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 09:54 AM
The Hi-Line is a super nice brush, but it has a small needle. In my opinion it is best suited for detail with reduced paints. If your using it for all purpose work ya might want to consider getting a gun with a bigger needle.