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Badger 105 trigger question
Posted by junkbarbarian on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 4:27 PM
I recently acquired my first airbrush (a badger 105) and I've noticed something that seems odd about the trigger. But I'm not sure it’s odd because this is my first airbrush. As I pull back to increase paint flow there seems to be little effect until the last little bit (say maybe 20% of the full motion of front to rear motion of the trigger) and then there is a pretty drastic increase in the amount of paint. Is this normal? Can it be adjusted in some way?
Notes: It's clean (well pretty clean lol), I'm doing this with the air open (all the way down).

 

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 9:56 AM

Check it with just plain water or some thinner and see if it's the same.Your paint might be a little too thick. If it sprays fine with water etc, thin your paint some more .

What size needle does it have ?

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 10:16 AM

oldermodelguy
Your paint might be a little too thick.

+1

-Greg

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 11:20 AM

I've been using 105's for years and love them. I have both the old version and new and never had that problem with them. After I shoot, I take the entire thing apart. Look at the needle for streightness, clean the paint feed (I'll twist a paper towel VERY small, dip it into lacquer thinner and twist it into the channel). Also paint will creep past the needle, past the trigger and into the needle sleeve. You'll need to clean that as well. The air valve (the button the triger pushes for the air) will sometimes get clogged with paint so I'll remove it from the AB and hose and soak that in lacquer thinner for a few hours after several hours of use. I have a spare air valve because the one that just came out of the cleaner won't work for a few hours as it dries. I will also, on occasion, Put the entire unit into thinner overnight.

That should fix your problem, otherwise your needle may be bent. You must keep that needle streight or it won't spray correctly.

If all else fails, Badger has fantastic customer service.

Steve

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Posted by junkbarbarian on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 1:15 PM

Needle is a .5

Thanks for all the suggestions/tips. I'll give this all a try/look when I get home. Honestly I never even considered paint thickness might be an issue. But like I said it's all new to me, and I'm starting to see that there is a bit of a learning curve.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 1:23 PM

The only problem I'm had with paint too thick is it just not spraying anything or it spitting. I've never has an issue with the needle not retracting smoothly. The 105 is a tank but it's weak spot is the needle, or old paint in the sleeve.

BTW, 0.3 needles and nozzels are avaliable if you wanted to go smaller. That's what I generally use and that will cover a wide range of needs. I have a GSI Creas Mr. Hobby Airbrush that has a 0.18 needle but I hardly ever use it. the .3 works just fine excepet for the smallest of lines.

Steve

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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 4:16 PM

I was reading a fantasy figure painting blog and the author said that you could spray anything, chicken soup to peanut butter through an airbrush.  Just need to thin it properly and have enough air pressure to blow it through the nozzle.   Chunk style might be a problem though.

All seriousness aside, check to see if your needle is seating well in the nozzle.    Clean it well and apply some lube to help with the seal.   Badger REGDAB needle lube is good, others recommend beeswax, others ChapStick.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, July 17, 2021 8:39 PM

junkbarbarian
I recently acquired my first airbrush (a badger 105) and I've noticed something that seems odd about the trigger. But I'm not sure it’s odd because this is my first airbrush. As I pull back to increase paint flow there seems to be little effect until the last little bit (say maybe 20% of the full motion of front to rear motion of the trigger) and then there is a pretty drastic increase in the amount of paint. Is this normal? Can it be adjusted in some way?
Notes: It's clean (well pretty clean lol), I'm doing this with the air open (all the way down).

 

 

I had this issue just tonight. Pretty sure it was because the brush was getting gunked up towards the trigger. 

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Posted by junkbarbarian on Monday, July 19, 2021 8:46 AM
Well, I've been super busy and haven't had time to actually paint with it, but after disassembling, cleaning and reassembling the trigger feels noticeably better when spraying water through it. Enough difference that I wonder if something wasn’t seated properly.
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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, July 19, 2021 1:26 PM

Not seating correctly could be an issue but I'm willing to bet it was the cleaning that was the issue.

If you try to spray too thick paint in a 105, It'll just not spray 

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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