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How To Clean Your Airbrush

If you are a company that specializes in making airbrushed signs or simply a sign enthusiast that uses an airbrush to create phenomenal signs for bake sales and other events, then you are probably going to be relying on your airbrush heavily to get your jobs done. If your airbrush should stop working, that's a sign that you have not been cleaning it correctly. Here are the steps that you need to follow in order to clean your airbrush thoroughly and ensure that it continues to function.

1. Clean Out the Tip

The first thing that you need to do every time you use your airbrush and finish a job is clean out the tip. If you don't clean out the tip by running water at medium pressure through it, you are going to have the problem of paint buildup. The paint buildup is either going to fall out in one chunk or stay stuck in your tip, causing the tip to become unusable. 

If you find yourself with an obstructed tip that will not allow paint to flow through, you are going to need to clean it out using a q-tip. First, determine the type of paint inside the tip and purchase a cleaning solution that will help dissolve the paint and remove it more quickly. Pour this cleaning solution into a bowl and dip a q-tip into it. Insert the q-tip into the tip from the outside and spin it around a few times. It should come back with paint on it. Repeat this process until the tip is clean.

2. Rinse Out Your Entire Airbrush System

After you have removed the tip and rinsed it out, you will need to move onto cleaning the rest of your airbrush. You need to do this every time you change colors or else they are going to mix and get muddy. You also need to do this every time you are done for the day because you don't want to deal with trying to get dried paint out of your airbrush. 

In order to do a color rinse of your airbrush, empty out the cup of paint that you've been feeding into the airbrush of any excess, gloppy paint. Then, add cleaning solution to the cup so that the residual paint on the walls of the cup can be removed. Use a q-tip to get rid of the rest of the paint. Once the cup is clean, fill it up again with cleaning solution and spray the solution through your airbrush. Do this until only solution comes out of the airbrush, rather than a mixture of solution and paint.

For more about this topic, talk to a company that specializes in airbrushed signs. They might have some tips and tricks for you.