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Offline Spencer

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Cleaning Vallejo out of your airbrush.
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:54:53 pm »
Okay, I'm sure this has been asked somewhere before on the forum, but I couldn't find it.

For those of you who spray Vallejo, what do you use to clean up your airbrush?

Vallejo's thinner & cleaner and Medea are recommended the most in places I've read, but that stuff would
be pretty pricey since I've made a habit of stripping down my AB and cleaning thoroughly
after each session.

For alternatives, I've seen so many contradictory answers online that I was almost banging my
head on the desk.

Windex (ammonia) and alcohol supposedly curdle the paint.
Would Simple Green work? I'd assume good old lacquer thinner would work.

Just want to be sure before I make a literal mess of things.
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Re: Cleaning Vallejo out of your airbrush.
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 11:07:50 pm »
I just use Iwata airbrush cleaner. Bought a quart. Lasts me quite a while. I shoot it through between colors and after I'm done. Finish off by teardown and brushing with the cleaner.

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Re: Cleaning Vallejo out of your airbrush.
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2018, 04:51:54 am »
Vallejo have their own bottles of airbrush cleaner. It should work perfectly well for acrylic stuff.

Note: This stuff will give you a headache if you don't have proper ventilation.

200 ml bottle:
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If you ever try enamels or other nasty paints, you will probably have to reconsider the choice of cleaning liquid, as you don't want the stuff to gunk up your airbrush. So, obviously, you have to first be prepared before starting to use other types of paints.

I don't currently know if Vallejo's Airbrush Cleaner product will bite into enamels, though I wouldn't expect it to do so.



As for cleaning your airbrush, normally after being finished using your airbrush for the day, you would get away with just cleaning the cup, nozzle, and front side of the airbrush + the needle.
For switching colors, you would get away with cleaning the cup with a lint free paper, and then the bottom, by spraying a mix of cleaning liquid and water into your cleaning 'pot'. Make sure you don't delay the cleaning, or the paint might start to dry.

Best to always use the protective needle cap guard, or whatever that thing at the very front of the airbrush gun is called.

I like keeping some bits of paper towel inside this pot, to soak up the fluids.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2018, 09:25:10 am by Decoman »

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Re: Cleaning Vallejo out of your airbrush.
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 06:06:13 am »
I always use mineral spirits, followed by soapy water to clean enamels out of my brush.
Acrylic thinner would likely just make a mess.

For Tamiya, MM Acryl and even Future, I've used either 91% IPA, Windex (or Ammonia diluted to 10%)
or Simple Green. If none of those work for whatever reason, lacquer thinner has never failed.

The only way I can get Vallejo or Iwata cleaner is online or a 90 minute drive to Hobby Lobby, which mine sells the smaller
bottles of Vallejo. Dollar per ounce (or mL), the stuff is expensive, but will use it if there are no good alternatives.

I guess my biggest issue is that all the things I would suspect to work on Vallejo, (IPA, Windex etc.) are claimed
to make a congealed gunk. I seriously doubt it could stand up to lacquer thinner and I haven't heard much
opinion on Simple Green.

I have a homemade spray pot BTW.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2018, 06:11:17 am by Spencer »
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Re: Cleaning Vallejo out of your airbrush.
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2018, 06:35:20 pm »
I use a mixture of 70% alcohol and 30% pure water for airbrush thinner and cleaning.  Of course, I just spray thinner until clean, then disassemble and clean by hand.  After reassembly I spray the thinner again and let dry.  My Iwata is happy, so I'm happy.  :)
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