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I *HEART* my sonic cleaner!


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Last weekend my Iwata Revolution H-CR developed an unhealthy splutter.  I tore as much of it apart as I thought reasonable and cleaned as well as I could.  But in replacing the nozzle, I damaged it by over-tightening.  So, I had to order a nozzle...  I ordered two.  The parts came after a few days, but the sputter persisted.  So, this weekend I broke out my sonic cleaner.

 

I'd used it before with just water and a little soap and gotten a little gunk out of an airbrush.  But today I filled the reservoir with Simple Green.  My cleaner only runs for 7 and a half minutes max.  So I cycled it four times.  Re=assembled the AB and clean, persistent spray.

 

So, I tore apart another AB and gave it the same treatment.  It was amazingly filthy and clouded the Simple Green.  Put it together and it too was spraying sweetly.

 

Then I dug out my first 'decent'/retired airbrush and gave it a few cycles.  Now I'm back up to three serviceable airbrushes. 

 

Then I did the wristband of my watch...  that was really nasty!

 

Anyway...  a great cheap piece of gear to have.  I got mine from someplace on EBay.

 

Gaz

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I has similar issues with my El Cheapo AB; first a sputter, then it would hardly spray at all. I put lacquer thinner in the cup, covered it, and let it sit with the trigger pulled back. No help. I finally stripped it down and ran a lacquer thinner soaked pipe clean up the front opening, Out came a plug of dried paint into the paint cup. It sprays like new now.

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4 hours ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Cool. I keep thinking about getting one for cleaning my airbrush as well. Any pics of what it looks like?

Carl

This is what exactly what mine looks like.  It's about the size of half a loaf of bread.  The white things inside the stainless steel reservoir are a basket and jewellery holding accessories that lift out easily.

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Image for discussion only.

 

When I've reassembled my AB's I tip it out and give it a quick wipe down.  Easy peasy.

 

Gaz

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  • 2 weeks later...

If you ever have a jar of paint, Mr Surfacer, etc. that you can't get open, just put it in the ultrasonic cleaner upside down.  After a two or three minute cycle, the cap will come right off.  I used to have this problem with Polly Scale (Polly-S - can't remember which was the last name they used) paints.  Before I figured out the US cleaner trick, a couple of the glass bottles actually broke rather than the paint in the threads releasing the caps.  That was back when I had some grip strength.

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