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Before I clean my HP-BCS...

Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by Neural, Feb 27, 2019.


  1. Neural

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    Since I'm trying to eliminate all potential sources of errors that may have resulted in my Talon being the mess that it is, please forgive my over abundance of caution regarding my Eclipse.

    I need to clean it thoroughly. Disassembly is not an issue, but I am looking for tips on cleaning the body of the airbrush itself. I don't want to just put it in airbrush restorer or something along those lines, and would prefer not to unless I have to as I want to limit wear on the o-ring.
    Also, any tips on using the heavier cleaners when it comes to the needle? Putting it into a jar is going to damage the tip for sure. Just wondering if anyone has found any tricks to using restorer for something like that beyond using a small casserole dish with a lot of fluid in it.

    Also, the bottles for the BCS seem to clean out really well with water, tubes included, but the cup for my HVLP...not so much? Is what I'm seeing on the inside of the HVLP cup staining, or is there something else that can be used to scrub it out?
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    I clean the needle with my brush and paper towel with windows cleaner without ammonia after I am done with painting. I don't know why would you wanna soak a needle, after all you can see what you need to clean on the needle. Other parts I disassemble like nozzle,nozzle guard and so on and I soak them in to water with the same windows cleaner. I clean it when I am not lazy. I also soak body of airbrush but I use plastic cup so it's not the whole body under fluid but only that part where paint travels. So the part where trigger is, it's not soaked.
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    Interesting. If that doesn't do damage to the O-ring then that's a good option. Also true about the needle
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    I don't have any problems. I had problems when I didn't soak... You will find guys here clean with their favorite routine and it works for them. I just don't have time or I am to lazy to clean each time after I finish. So I soak. Max I soaked was like 2 days... Had to go somewhere and I let it all in. And nothing bad happened. But if it would go something wrong with that seal, 5 bucks theoretically per year for that seal would be worth for me. Or 10.
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    BCS? The gravity feed eclipse? One easy way to clean it is to keep two extra bottles set aside ready to use. One with cleaner in it, one with water to rinse.
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    I do that. Still paint tends to dry in nozzle from time to time in my case and after I soak looks like worms are coming out of that nozzle. -.- Maybe my window cleaner is not power full enough. I remember when I used Medea cleaner, it was more efficient.

    I would love to have just one pressure regulator with hose and quick connect just for cleaning, so I would set it very high. :D But that's just lazy.

    Here is a video from our forum member. maybe it can help you Neural. It's not bcs, but it's a nice video, you can find good info. I think you will find your routine after you will see what works for you and what is not working.
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    Unless my airbrush plays up it just gets a spray through with some sort of cleaner then water when I've finished to wash out the insides and I take the needle out and give it a wipe. Only if it doesn't work do I strip it.

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