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(Login Szynka545) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 126.96.36.199
I recently picked one up to upgrade from my Aztek. I know not everybody likes Azteks, but for ease of cleanup you can't beat them. I've been learning and experimenting with the Badger and have really enjoyed the weight and control. My problem is with cleanup. I use acrylics exclusively (mainly Tamiya, Agama and Gunze) and was told that glass cleaner like Windex or Mr. Muscle was an excellent cleaner for them. After painting, I normally run some water through the airbrush and then some window cleaner, spraying it into a towel and also back flushing it. Before putting it away, I remove the tip and check to make sure it's clean and wipe the whole needle with a paper towel. Sometimes, when I am ready to paint again, the needle is stuck or can be difficult to remove. When I do get it out, there is a little dried paint from inside the airbrush body. I am guessing it is getting in there when I back flush. The last couple times I have painted, after cleaning, I dipped the needle in window cleaner before reassembling the airbrush. This seems to solve the sticking problem but now I am worried about the seals inside the airbrush. Will the window cleaner affect them in any way? The instructions from Badger say to ream the body out with a pipe cleaner from time to time. This seems a little extreme.
Can anyone give some advice on how to really clean up a Badger? I had another one years ago before I got out of modelling and it seemed indestructible. Thanks in advance for any help.
(Login djnick66) Missing-Lynx members 188.8.131.52
I have one of those
October 7 2009, 12:14 PM
I never had any great problems cleaning it. Actually its a pretty simple brush to use.
I spray both enamels and a lot of Tamiya acrylics. For BOTH I always thin the paint with lacquer thinner. Works great. With the acrylics you get far less build up in the spray cone as well. For cleaning, I also use lacquer thinner. It gets the brush cleaner...
When I let the brush sit between uses, I draw the needle back a little so its not tight in the front cone.
Every now and then, I take the outer screw on cone off the front, and pull off the inner (brass/bronze colored) nozzle, leaving the needle fixed. I clean those parts with lacquer thinner. To make sure the inside of the little cone is clean, I twist a little tail out of a paper towl bit and swab the inside out.
Oven Cleaner and Windex will remove acrylic paint but slowly. I would not use them to clean an airbrush. Again, I use lacquer thinner, but Isopropyl Alcohol will work for Acrylics as well. I like the lacquer thinner as its one stop shopping... thins, cleans up, makes the paints spray better, keeps acrylics flowing...
I also use the Badger 200 new type which is more or less the single action version of the Cresendo.