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Cleaning your air brush after using enamels

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  • Member since
    August 2010
  • From: El Dorado Hills, CA
Cleaning your air brush after using enamels
Posted by IBuild1/48 on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 6:55 PM

 After a three-year hiatus I am getting back slowly to the bench.

 Can anyone refresh my memory when “cleaning” my airbrush after using enamels is it OK to use

 Lacquer thinner  

 Acetone 

or Mineral spirits

Thank you in advance 

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 7:54 PM

Probably any of those will work, but I prefer something stronger than mineral spirits. I thin enamel with lacquer thinner, and clean the airbrush with it as well. Acetone is a little more agressive than necessary to accomplish your mission. I always think in terms of collateral damage in the event of an accidental spill. Acetone will attack styrene pretty quickly in my experience while lacquer thinner gives you a moment to clean up before damage occurs. I paint with lacquers, too, so I need lacquer thinner anyway. 

chucky

  • Member since
    August 2010
  • From: El Dorado Hills, CA
Posted by IBuild1/48 on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 8:04 PM

Thank you chuck!

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