Saturday 21 May 2011


Hmmm... You think that you've got your airbrush clean, and then...

After the last bout of use (see previous post on painting the Pug) I thought that I'd cleaned my airbrush out fairly well. However the action of the trigger was still a little "sticky" so I thought that it merited a little more attention if I was going to get decent results next time that I wanted to use it.

So an old jam jar that is surplus from my wife's stockpile (she funds her sidecar racing by selling homemade jam - just don't ask...) and drop all the bits in it. Fill up with cellulose thinners and give a good shake.

The thinners is now a dirty dark yellow colour, and the parts clearly still aren't entirely clean. I'll give them a good going over with cotton buds in a while.

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But it's surprised me how much paint has built up inside and still hadn't come out through "normal" cleaning. I think that I'll be doing this more frequently in future...


1 comment:

  1. I assume you use enamels?

    Regularly dismantling your airbrush for a deep clean is good practice, but as well as flushing through with cellulose thinners after each colour, I give a good squirt or three of Liquid Reamer (a xylene/acetone mix in an aerosol can) into the cup. This melts away any stubborn paint from those impossible-to-reach areas and means you need to dismantle the airbrush less frequently. I get it from