Maintaining an airbrush system in peak condition is the key to trouble-free
operations in the field. Always refer to the manufacturers instruction book
for maintenance procedures for the airbrush and air compressor.
Keep your equipment and work area clean. Small bits of debris are
magnified by sprayed pigment and may ruin illustrations.
To flush color from the airbrush and color cup:
Dump out remaining paint and rinse color cup with appropriate
solvent. Use a small bristle brush to loosen any dry or encrusted
Open the nozzle to allow air and solvent to flow freely.
Add clean solvent to the color cup and blow solvent through the
Repeat step 3 until the solvent comes out of the nozzle clear.
Remove the color cup and blow only air through the airbrush to
remove remaining solvent and dry internal parts.
Most airbrush system breakdowns occur when paint clogs air passages.
Thoroughly clean airbrushes immediately after use. If you are air painting
and spraying is interrupted for any length of time, flush pigment from the
airbrush and color cup or bottle. A small amount of petroleum jelly, NOT
OIL, on the threads of the nozzle will help prevent pigment encrustation.
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