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Polishing your airbrush needle?

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Polishing your airbrush needle?
Posted by B-1 CrewCheif on Monday, March 06, 2017 10:43 AM

So, interesting question, who on here has polished their airbrush needles? i recently did that and the results were definately noticeable. Was thinking if no one on here has maybe i would do a whole post about it showing before and after pictures.


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  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Monday, March 06, 2017 10:54 AM

Never have done that, but I'm interested to learn how you do it.


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Posted by Don Wheeler on Monday, March 06, 2017 12:42 PM

You could read about my experience polishing needles here.  The risk is that if you overdo it you could change the profile and make things worse.


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Posted by armornut on Monday, March 06, 2017 1:28 PM

I cleaned up the needle on my siphon feed single action Paache, I thought it made a difference, in all actuality just a good cleaning and practice made it "work" better. I agree that it is possible to change the profile of the needle which in turn creates more problems down stream. You also need to be VERY CAREFUL with the needle, that tip gets bent ever so slightly and your painting at odd angles to whete your trying. Drag it backwards over your finger, if you feel it catch, replace it.

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  • From: Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, March 06, 2017 9:05 PM

Once in a while I use 0000 steel wool to lightly wipe the needle being careful not to stab my fingers with that sharp thing. The xtra fine steel wool removes any dried junk and leaves a polished surface. Been doing this since I bought my first airbrush back in the mid 1970s, a Badger that I still use now and then.

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Posted by SaltydogII on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 8:21 AM
Someone told me once that polishing your needle will make you go blind? Just sayin".


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Posted by EBergerud on Thursday, March 09, 2017 1:15 AM
I'd like to know. On YouTube people are demonstrating a very neat gadget for fixing badly bent needles and it works. It also costs $60. (Of course a Harder Steenbeck needle/nozzle is $50.)


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