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  • Member since
    February, 2015
  • From: Wisconsin
Neo for Iwata
Posted by Airborne_Trooper11B on Sunday, March 17, 2019 2:28 AM

Hey pals,  

Quick question about this airbrush. 

I'm having two issues with it is- First, I'm now on my 3rd nozzle. I'm chalking that up to user error though, may just be me over tightening it? 

But second and the bigger problem I'm having is that I'm noticing I'm having to clean this thing out A LOT during even short paint sessions. 

For background, I clean my brush THOROUGHLY after every use and take great care of it. But no matter how much I thin my paints or whatever else. After about 15 minutes or so of work if that, it's getting clogged and I'm having to break this thing down and clear it out, just to get a decent spray out of it. Only have to repeat the entire process all over again.

So my question- Is this the difference maker between this airbrush and the higher end real Iwatas? 

Other than this issue, I like my Neo. But if I can avoid this pain in the tookus process of cleaning, cleaning, cleaning with the more expensive brushes, I'll gladly bite the bullet. 

 

As always, 

Thanks! 

  • Member since
    November, 2018
Posted by oldermodelguy on Sunday, March 17, 2019 5:20 AM

What paints are you using ?

  • Member since
    February, 2015
  • From: Wisconsin
Posted by Airborne_Trooper11B on Sunday, March 17, 2019 7:41 AM

Oh right, guess that’s s pretty important detail lol. Tamiya acrylic for the most part. But it’s the Vallejo acrylics (not the air version) that are giving me a hard time. As they begin to dry, they seem to take on a bit of a latex like quality to them and I think that’s whats getting stuck.

 

From what I‘ve read though, it seems a lot of people who have the NEO end up just wishing they sprung for a higher quality brush. 

 

  • Member since
    July, 2018
  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:03 AM

Airborne_Trooper11B

Oh right, guess that’s s pretty important detail lol. Tamiya acrylic for the most part. But it’s the Vallejo acrylics (not the air version) that are giving me a hard time. As they begin to dry, they seem to take on a bit of a latex like quality to them and I think that’s whats getting stuck.

 

From what I‘ve read though, it seems a lot of people who have the NEO end up just wishing they sprung for a higher quality brush. 

 

 

 I have about as cheap an airbrush as you can get and I never have to do what you are doing and I typically only need to do thorough break down cleanings in between builds.

I do spray only Tamiya acrylics though, haven't tried Vallejo. The acrylics will dry up on the needle from time to time but that just takes a quick clean of the tip.

I would venture to say it's the non airbrush vallejo paints you are using since that's the only time you have trouble and it is not anything I'm familiar with.

 

 

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:21 AM

After spraying Vallejo, what airbrush cleaner(s) are you using?

Also, are you using Vallejo Model Air, Vallejo Model Color, or one of the others?

You stated you are not using Vallejo Model Air, sorry about that. My question above stands, plus what are you thinning the Vallejo (Model Color, I'm guessing) with? It is important.

 

-Greg

  • Member since
    November, 2018
Posted by oldermodelguy on Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:19 AM

I've never sprayed Vallejo Model Color but from the videos I've watched of those who do they use the Vallejo airbrush thinner. I have not seen where they have used the flow improver in it. I can tell you outright I would use retarder though because it goes in all of my acrylic paints. A little retarder goes a long ways towards all but stopping tip dry with most acrylics.

In another forum I saw where a guy said he used Liquitex Airbrush Medium in Model Color paint ( that's Liquitex's version of thinner, it has acrylic medium in it so you can use all you want and not lose adhesive quality, might even gain some). Good to know because it works in many acrylics but not all. I think he used that and a little water and was liking it.... But I'm saying everything above from second hand experience lol ( except the retarder comment, that's a given for me).

  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:39 PM

I use a neo and mm, tamiya, and some Vallejo. I thin at least 100% on all.  Never a problem with drying or clogs . Regular Vallejo about 150%. 

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