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Do's and Don'ts with micron side feed v2

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  1. huskystafford

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    Are there and do's and don'ts with that airbrush? For example, do you need to unscrew each time nozzle or nozzle cap when you clean that airbrush?
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    No, its not any different to any other airbrush, just spray water through it or whatever reducer for the paint, I have never in my 30 odd years of airbrushing taken the nozzle off unless there was a problem and i've had very few issues. Once or twice have I had to do it.

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    well I didn't know that. Usually I always take of nozzle from eclipse. Ahahaha I just had a brain fart. It falls by itself :laugh:

    So I was wondering what is the process with airbrushes which have screw in nozzles. Thanks jord with the tip.

    oh: so you can't clean nozzle with dental airbrush than right?
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    If you need to clean the nozle.
    You take the whole head off.
    Be careful not to scratch the chrome.
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    Well, maybe I overdo it then, but I normally take off nozzle and nozzlebase whenever I stop for a longer period (>24 hours). On the Micron I don´t separate nozzle and nozzlebase for cleaning anymore (I learnd that lesson the hard way) and for basic cleaning that works fine for me. Needle and nozzle are cleaned quickly and I just feel better leaving it clean for the next time. Especially as I´m not regularly using my airbrush. There are sometimes weeks, months or even years (I know....) between using it.

    On the side feed specifically: I actually like it more than I thought in the beginning as you move the feeding cup out of sight when it comes to details and you are more flexible on the angle you hold the gun as you can twist the cup. On the downside I feel it is a bit more effort to clean. Not really a material downside, but worth mentioning: When you see your cup is almost empty you better refill sooner than later. You should avoid sucking air into the pipe which goes from the cup into the airbrush and then refill and continue spraying on your artwork, as that could give you uneven spraying or splatter.
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    cause of cosmetics or it can go something wrong?

    edit: This thingy?
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    thanks for tips.
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    Yes that's the head.
    The first time you unscrew it, it is very tight.
    You then need soft pliers.
    or tape around the mouth of your pliers.
    To get it loose.
    (You don't want to scratch your new airbrush.cosmetics):cry:
    You can turn it after just hand tight.
    I only take it off with a big cleaning every 3 months or so.
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    I got Iwata Airbrush Maintenance Kit so I am good there. Thanks for tips.
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    For color changes, no. Generally spraying cleaner through the brush will work fine to clean out old color and make ready for a change. I just place the cleaner bottomless directly into the color cup orifice on the brush and spray away. If you’re using the same color cup, I generally wipe down the inside of the cup with a qtip or cotton swab soaked in cleaner to remove excess paint residue in the cup prior to pumping a cupful of cleaner through the brush.

    For end of the day cleaning, tear the brush down into its individual components and thoroughly clean each until no more paint residue appears on tissues or cloth or whatever you are using to clean the brush with. Ultrasonic cleaning can be used as well.

    Like somebody already posted, a Custom Micron is just an airbrush, like any other. There’s nothing magical here.

    If you do separate the head into its individual components, it’s easier to thoroughly clean the whole thing. I use kleenexes for this, separating them into individually plus, then twist the corners of the ply into a reamer and clean out the nozzle with it. Insert the dry Kleenex reamer into the nozzle; the tip should extend through the nozzle orifice. Next soak the Kleenex in cleaner and twist it a few time before pulling it out. Repeat this until no more paint residue is visible on the Kleenex. You can use this same process for cleaning the nozzle base as well as the nozzle and needle caps.

    Note well during reassembly: when threading the nozzle back into the base, hand tighten until nozzle is seated, the place spanner on nozzle. APPLY VERY GENTLE PRESSURE UNTIL NOZZLE RESISTS BEING SEATED - DO NOT FORCE! We’re not tightening lugnuts here, people.
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    thx for tips. I am used to eclipse, so nozzle there just pops out. So better to learn, so I don't have high cost maintenance issues in the future.
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