Cleaning an airbrush with a bottle is slightly different from cleaning an
airbrush with a color cup.
To flush color from the airbrush and bottle:
Hold a sponge tightly against the nozzle of the airbrush.
Depress the finger lever. This will blow color back into the bottle.
Remove the bottle of paint and attach a bottle of solvent.
Blow solvent through the airbrush into the sponge until the solvent
comes out clear.
Remove the bottle and blow only air through the airbrush to
remove any remaining solvent and dry internal parts.
Clean the bottle throughly, removing dry or encrusted pigment with
a small bristle brush.
Airbrushes do not require disassembly for cleaning, but you should
occasionally check the airbrush internally to see if the needle is properly
seated. Always protect the needlepoint. Damage, no matter how slight, will
cause the airbrush to malfunction. Replace damaged needles.
To check the position of the needlepoint:
Unscrew the handle (figure 6-12).
Loosen the needle locknut by turning it counterclockwise (figure 6-
Remove the needle gently from the airbrush nozzle (figure 6-14).
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