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Position the Needle? (...and sorry)

Discussion in 'Airbrushes' started by Tiriaq, Nov 10, 2019.


  1. Tiriaq

    Tiriaq Young Tutorling

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    First of all I am sorry for not returning to my thread when I asked for help and at some point I dropped a spring from my airbrush onto my black floor and probably fell somewhere underneath.
    Screamed my lungs out in anger and didn't want to confront the thread anymore.

    - So, now I bought the H&S Evolution Silverline and it is so much better working with this. However as a beginner I was wondering how to position the needle.
    What I do now is that I push it all the way into the tip, then pull it back a fraction of a millimeter and tighten it. I think I picked this up somewhere but am I doing it right?
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    Gently push your needle forward until you can go no further metal on metal.
    Give your needle a little twist (don't have to, it's a habit of mine)
    And lock it.
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    As Erwin mentioned, push it GENTLY into the nozzle. If you use force you risk flaring the nozzle. Retracting it before locking it in will mean the needle doesn’t seal properly and you’ll get paint flow when you don’t need/want it.
    After you’ve cleaned you brush, seat the needle then retract it, if it feels like it’s a little sticky then your nozzle isn’t clean, so remove the needle and get cleaning again :)
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  4. Tiriaq

    Tiriaq Young Tutorling

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    I like that habit, thank you!
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  5. Tiriaq

    Tiriaq Young Tutorling

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    I know what to do now and that makes sense. The only thing that holds me back is that my 2nd compressor makes sooooo much noise but other than that I can't wait to spray my resin prints again!
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    jagardn Airbrush Acquisition Disorder Patient Forum Supporter

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    This is exactly correct. Before doing this, be sure your trigger is all the way forward. When in proper position, the slightest pull back on the trigger should move the needle back.
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    Tiriaq Young Tutorling

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    I put the needle in from the front, then look if the needle is at a safe distance in the hole, assemble it further and push the button in the front position down and pushing it through.
    When I do it from the front I never have to worry about bumping into something and then when all is assemble I push it gently until it stops, now twist it a bit and tighten it.

    The only thing (I think for now) was the position of the needle of which I almost made a bad habit from a video of pulling it bit just a fraction cuz they said that.

    Just tried the Aclad II chrome, that was a load of funnnn :D thnx
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    jagardn Airbrush Acquisition Disorder Patient Forum Supporter

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    You should be fine now. Pulling it back a bit creates a gap, allowing paint to flow, especially if your paints are reduced a bit.

    If I inserted the needle from the front like you, I would probably draw blood a lot.
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    Tiriaq Young Tutorling

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    lol how is that :p
    I use a little bit of glycerine and wipe it then grab it on the side push it in gently. By the time I am at the front, the back starts to stick out and I position the needle at the opening so I don't screw the nozzle on while the tip is there.
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    I too always insert my needle from the front. A habit I picked up using Japanese airbrushes and their clones after I shear the threads from one of those tiny nozzle. I later theorize that I broke the nozzle because I didn't center the nozzle properly and tried to screw it on resulting in breaking the nozzle. So I use the needle to guide the nozzle into place, giving it a twist or two before pulling the needle back and then tightening the nozzle. Never broke a nozzle since :D.

    Though this is not necessary with H&S because of how the airbrush is designed, the needle guide in the midsection actually goes through the trigger so you wont run your needle into the trigger. The rear needle nut also has a slope for you to guide the needle in without needing to aim.
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    The way I do it is....with water or cleaner in the cup, and the needle backed away a "hair" ...push down for air only...then gently push the needle into the tip while using a slight twisting movement, then when the liquid stops spraying, tighten the chuck nut...this way you are not ramming the needle into the tip, causing it to flare...
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