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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 25, 2003 10:01 AM
What are the requirements for lubricating an airbrush? How often and what to use?
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Posted by styrene on Friday, July 25, 2003 12:18 PM
I've never lubricated my airbrushes (Paasche H & VL), and to my knowledge none is really required; however, I've found that mineral spirits, after they have evaporated from final cleaning, leaves a slightly "oily" film on my brush. That's enough for me, and to keep the nozzle, etc. from freezing up. I don't get a film if I use hotter thinners like Testors Airbrush Thinner. (BTW, I like to use enamels. Can you tell?)
Hope this helps.
Gip Winecoff

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 25, 2003 12:20 PM
Tha is cool for enamels, but what about if I am only using acrylics?
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  • From: The flat lands of the Southeast
Posted by styrene on Friday, July 25, 2003 12:31 PM
Once again, I don't believe lubrication is absolutely necessary. There is nothing in the manufacturer's literature for my brushes that specifies lubrication. If you really want to, I see nothing wrong with applying a SMALL drop of a thin oil to any metal-to-metal contact areas. The only potential problem would be possible contamination of your paint/thinner depending on the location of your lubrication. If it is an issue for you, a call to the brush manufacturer should clarify any problem areas. BTW, does your literature mention it?
Gip Winecoff

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1900: "Nietzsche is dead"--God

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Posted by berny13 on Friday, July 25, 2003 12:34 PM
No lubrication is required. Just wipe dry and store away from humidity. I have never lubricated any of my four air brushes and some are over 30 years old. The important thing is to keep them clean. That way they will give many years of service.

Berny

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Posted by MikeV on Friday, July 25, 2003 2:32 PM
I would get some lubrication for the airbrush.
There are three brands that I know of but I have heard that you can go to a drugstore and buy glycerine and it is the same thing as what is in the well-known products such as Superlube, Airolube and Badger Needle Juice. These products will make your trigger smoother, and most importantly they will almost eliminate the possibility of paint drying up on the needle inside the airbrush if left for long periods of time. I put Superlube on my T-shirt airbrushes needles and have let the water-based acrylics stay inside the gun for weeks with the bottle of paint still attached and the trigger still moves as though I just cleaned it. I highly recommend it.

Mike

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 25, 2003 2:47 PM
Word up Mike V!

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