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Wilton767

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Got my airbrush in the mail to day!

Outstanding, now to check it out...

Airbrush................Check.
Compressor...........Check.
Paint....................Check.
Thinner.................Check.
Airbrush Cleaner.....@#$%^!

Given that the closest model shop is 1:30 from me, is there anything I can pick up at the local hardware store such as Mineral Spirits or Acetone that would be good as an airbrush cleaner.  Currently, I'm only using Tamiya and Model Master paints as well as a primer.  The airbrush is an H & S Evolution CR plus so I believe the seals are Teflon and not rubber.

Thanks for any help.

Eric


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Hi Eric,

I use lacquer thinner to clean my airbrush (I use Tamiya and Gunze acrylics) but obviously its not a good idea to breath that in, so take care , I use an airbrush cleaning jar and tha has a filter in it and keep my mask on when Im flushing the brush


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Thanks Pete,

I'll grab some lacquer thinner and make sure to wear a respirator.  I did get to try the airbrush yesterday and loved it.  I can't believe how fine a coat you can put down with an airbrush. That is, it put down a fine coat after I figured out how to properly thin my paint!

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I also use Lacquer Thinner but also ISO Propyl Alcohol 91% from the pharmacyIf any of your Model Master paints are enamel, you will need mineral spirits to thin them with. I use Tamiya Acrylics and Model Master paints for most ALL of my paint work. some Testors [Model Master and Testors is the same company of course] on occasion. These paint brands are available locally and I have also been able to get some vallego paints recently in my region.
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Thanks Ted,

I'm currently using mostly Tamiya and Vallejo paints and find them a pleasure to work with.

 I'm curious about the Model Masters paints.  The first paint I ran through my airbrush was a Model Masters acrylic and the results were, while not quite disastrous, not very successful.  The paint gummed up in my airbrush and I got my first experience breaking it down and cleaning up all the parts.  I think my mistake was not using Testors thinners.  I've heard Testors is tough to airbrush with but it sounds like you don't find this to be the case. 


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I gave the Humbrol Acrylic Thinners a try. So far it seems to be working okay, but I'm very weary about possible clumping when using Tamiya Acrylics. My local store only sells XF 20A in small pots, which can work out very expensive.
Unfortunately model shops in the UK will not post to Ireland as they are difficult to get passed Customs. When my local model shop gets Alclad in stock it's usually first come first served and disappears in a flash.

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Hi Eric, I use a H&S Evo CR plus .2 needle, and  Iawata airbrushes, I use mainly acrylics from Tamiya, Gunze/Mr Hobby, Vallejo model air, and Xtracrylix, it is always recommended that you use thinners from the same manufacturer as the paint you are using, as they all differ slightly in composition some being mineral acyrlic some purely water based and in the case of Mr Hobby a lacquer based acrylic, for clean up I use good old fashioned windscreen wash the sort you put in the washer bottle of your car, the wash that also has a non freezing characteristic contains isopropyl, and for a gallon its only a few pounds and is readily available, for enamels or lacquer paints I use a gun wash that is what is used in car repair centers for cleaning out the spray guns, and costs significantly less than lacquer thinners.
Hope this helps a little.
Gary

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