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Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2021 2:18 p.m. PST

Hi does any one have any opinions on why you should use proper airbrush cleaners as opposed to Isopropyl Alcohol for cleaning your airbrush. I just recently bought an airbrush which has virtually no manual. Thanks.

McWong7318 Aug 2021 3:26 p.m. PST

Iso is good, really the best source of advice is YouTube, plenty of good vids on this subject.

From my experience, the temptation is to do a full strip down of the gun every time, which I can assure you isn't necessary.

Phillius Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Aug 2021 3:27 p.m. PST


Spray your thinner through first. Followed by a formal cleaner from your paint manufacturer if you have one. Then Acetone.

Or maybe I have just had too much clogging and you only really need the thinner and the acetone.

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2021 4:16 p.m. PST

If you are using acrylics, rubbing alcohol or isoprpyl is actually the cheapest and best.

Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2021 5:52 p.m. PST

Thanks everyone for your advice.

McWong7318 Aug 2021 8:06 p.m. PST

The only issue with acetone is that it can affect any rubber o rings and the like. Check what components are in your airbrush as they may have requirements that prevent certain cleaners.

Striker19 Aug 2021 12:07 a.m. PST

I go first with windex (window cleaner), then an "airbrush cleaner", and finally water. Usually 2 airbrush cups worth of each. After some searching I'm going to be using car window cleaner instead of official airbrush cleaner once my stock runs out.

Heisler21 Aug 2021 5:36 p.m. PST

If your airbrush has rubber gaskets then windex is not a good option as it contains ammonia which breaks the rubber down.

RWindle25 Aug 2021 5:54 p.m. PST

It depends on your paint. Whatever you want to use, test it first! Put your cleaner in a small cup, and add a few drops of your paint, and see what happens. If it mixes/disperses, you are OK. If if coagulates, it will gunk up your airbrush. For example, I will now only use Badger's spray through cleaner to clean up after using Stynylrez primer.

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