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What nozzle cleaning technique are you using?

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


  1. Tiriaq

    Tiriaq Young Tutorling

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    20191110_184150.jpg All those vids are talking about taking things apart but I just need to know how you clean your nozzle when you are at work.

    The thing is with this airbrush I can't get very well near the .2mm nozzle (H&S Evolution Silverline), not that it clogs that much but I need to learn and experiment a lot with pressure and thinning paints. I just copy what those guys do and wipe ones in a while or try to stick something in there to try and wipe but most of the time there is nothing there or what I think is that I'm not getting deep enough with trying to fold a tip on a paper towel etc..

    How should I handle this particular airbrush on this matter?
    Thnx

    20191110_184339.jpg (are these things bad to use for some reason? I have to use it for now because I don't have money for the quick release yet and the standard thread of the H&S is too short it makes my cable leak air)
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  2. jagardn

    jagardn Airbrush Acquisition Disorder Patient Forum Supporter

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    If your using the .2mm or larger for the Evolution, buy their nozzle tool. One quick twist and your done.
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    Tiriaq Young Tutorling

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    Owww. ok... Nice thanks! Do you have time to give me a link or a picture for that?
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    jagardn Airbrush Acquisition Disorder Patient Forum Supporter

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    Don’t know if you are in the US or not, but you can get an entire kit.
    This is from Amazon.

    Harder and Steenbeck airbrush nozzle needle cleaning brush set 117400. by SprayGunner https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016WOISSI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_.3eYDb54JBPGY
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    Tiriaq Young Tutorling

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    Ah bugger, I was looking for a cleaning set a few days ago and they don't have anything over here or very expensive from the U.S.
    So, I ordered a bunch of stuff from China but need to wait. I presume it's the third one in the row to clean the nozzle? Isn't that bad metal on metal? I guess you have to do it very gentle...
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    jagardn Airbrush Acquisition Disorder Patient Forum Supporter

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    As for nozzle tools, they are not all the same. The H&S one is made by them and cut to the exact same taper, so no damage is caused. It’s really critical with H&S, due to the brass nozzles being a soft metal.
    Using aftermarket ones generally are a “one size fits all”. I do have one of the aftermarket ones that I use for my Iwatas, but great care must be taken using them.
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    Tiriaq Young Tutorling

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    I don't have the nozzle cleaner in order, it's only stuff like inside the nozzle cleaning and that scraper is usually roaming that area but yes, this kind of sucks now I need to figure out if I can get it for a better price in The Netherlands somewhere, somehow...
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    But we are talking about the same thing, right? Cleaning the nozzle from the front while at work like when I see those vids and people holding some piece of cloth in one hand to wipe.
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    I hardly ever take a nozzle out for cleaning and if I do it is because a nozzle is blocked and I need to soak it for a few hours to clean all paint out
    I never use any tools to clean a nozzle either I let my cleaner do the work I use Etac paints so alcohol or ethanol will do the job just perfect
    I use the airbrush needle to check if the nozzle is clean : I slip the nozzle over the needle tip and twist it a little but I never use any force !
    to install the nozzle back in the airbrush I leave the nozzle on the needle and and slip the needle in the airbrush from the front and screw it in by hand
    If I need to remove a nozzle I do use a special nozzle removal tool in my case a iwata nozzle removal tool
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    Okay but I'm talking about when paint is blown dry on the tip while painting. I don't always hear a whistling and suddenly a bigger chunk comes off.
    Trying to wipe regularly doesn't do much since it's hard to get in there. I guess I have to design something myself
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    I’m pretty sure you can buy an infinity air cap with the removable pronged needle guard. I could never see myself using the air cap you have just for the reason you stated. You can’t get to it to clean tip dry.
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    there are many ways to clean dry tip I find using a small hairy brush the most safe and easy way to do it
    I keep a little jar with water next to my easel and if I want or need to clean my needle I did the hairy brush into the water and clean my needle with it I have a sprong needle cap but it will also with the crown cap you have as you are able to see the needle
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    I think H&S has a magnetic option? I don't know from where I remember this, but I am sure this wasn't made in my mind.
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    I am here with you. I also use small brush. I added a little piece of sponge right next to the brush just so I have more options.
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    Nice, I will copy that idea. Thnx
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    I use an ear plug. They are soft and very cheap. Nice and small, so holding in you hand at the same time as you airbrush makes it easy to use.
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    I will get some new brushes and use them for the tip. Thanks! I tried using a drop of Airbrush thinner on the nozzle but that only helped sometimes. I also have some very difficult paints like Vallejo Golden Liquid that I couldn't even spray at one point any more.

    Even though I used a filter to poor the paint in and tried to stir and shake as much as I could, that stuff is just one sticky blob inside. I need to break off one of my jigsaws and hardsolder it to a clamp so I can use that to shake paints.
    It's just I've god hundreds of 3D prints lying around so I'm so far behind because the other airbrush broke down and I went even deeper in debt to buy this expensive H&S
    I only managed to paint the rest of that gold because I pulled the needled back and forth by hand, gah....


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