The Exploding Airbrush....

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by green_elite_cab, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    Hey, I just recently had to take apart my airbrush to remove an old needle with a bent point. The problem i'm having is that the airbrush will not function right. I'm not sure of the make, but it won't work (regardless of where the needle is positioned) unless i continually loosen the end of the airbrush. the paint explodes out of the airbrush, but after a few moments, i need to loosen it again, or it stops flowing. I've repeatedly cleaned it as spotless as i could see, but i still cannot get a reliable spray.

    how do i "rebuild" my airbrush so that i know it works? i have just about no real expirience, i probably should not have just taken it apart, my mistake! wall1
  2. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Any chance you could post a picture for us, Chris? Maybe someone will recognise the make and have some ideas for a fix. It would also help to know if it's a single- or double-action brush.
    Often, if the needle gets bent, it will also damage the tip in which it works.

    If the paint doesn't flow, it could be a sign of insufficient thinning or, perhaps, old paint that contains lumps of hardened pigment. Also, check your air line for obstructions, including the moisture trap.

  3. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all

    It sounds like a clog issue.

    Is the paint fully mixed and thinned? Has the paint been strained to remove any lumps or particulate?

    The Airbrush might be fine. Maybe it's the quality/age of the paint that is the problem.
  4. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    gotta aree with TinGoat. My bet is you are using acrylic paint... I always have problems with acrylic paint unless I strain it first. Little bits of paint dry around the rim of the jar, and become insoluable bits that clog your airbrush.

  5. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Clogging is one possibility....Your air supply might also be at fault. I had a similar problem with my Paasche brush and looked all over it to find the problem...There was none. One day I finally gave up, and it ocurred to me to try an old compressor (quite a bit larger than the one I had been using...), and lo & behold...It worked like a charm....No sputtering or clogging, and I was using acrylics...
  6. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    Sorry i haven't gotten back to you guys. It was a Badger Crescendo

    I finally found out that its the cone on the tip of the air brush causing the problem. It apparently require you to switch the cone out if you use a different sized needle. I didn't know that, and so when i switched back to my old needle (after improvising and whittling off the bent tip), my airbrush had returned to normal.

    the new problem is getting that cone off. It looks like i'll need two pairs of pliers.... fun.

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