Cleaning a gravity feed airbrush tutorial walks you thru the best way to clean your airbrush after every use.
Having an enjoyable airbrushing experience will greatly depend on how effectively you clean your airbrush. Now don’t get excited its very simple and easy and not very time consuming. This is just one of the articles here at How To Airbrush covering cleaning your airbrush. Written by Don Johnson and brought to you by Airbrush Technique Magazine.
Having an enjoyable airbrushing experience will greatly depend on how effectively you clean your airbrush . Now don’t get excited its very simple and easy and not very time consuming.
Simple rule to follow is if you use solvent base paints use solvent base cleaner . If you use water based paints use anyone of the following: warm water, commercial airbrush cleaner. Use some common sense here DO NOT soak your airbrush in any of these more than over night. With window cleaner use only to clean your airbrush while you are using it, don’t soak your airbrush in it for any length of time. An example of while you are using it would be a gravity feed airbrush between color changes. Put a little window cleaner (non amonia type) in the color cup to wash out old color and than move on to the next color. With a bottom feed airbrush have a fast blast bottle full of windex or airbrush cleaning solution reduced with water 50/50 and between color changes spray it through your airbrush to clean out the old color and than move on to your next color.
Some handy cleaning tools to have are a tip cleaning kit and or a airbrush cleaning kit. These you can buy at most art supply, airbrush supply shops, they are fairly inexpensive.
Ultrasonic cleaning machines such as dentists use are pretty handy for soaking and cleaning your brush. Believe you can pick these up starting at about $20.00.
Personally I clean my brushes like the examples pictured below . Over the past 12 years of airbrushing I have found this cleaning system to work best. You do not have to completely disassemble your airbrush ever time you use it and want to clean it. About once per month I take my airbrush completely apart and soak it overnight in commercial airbrush cleaner . After soaking your airbrush over night use small brushes (Airbrushers Brushes) to clean all of the parts, oil it ( using Medea Super Lube ) and put it back together.