Re: painting with an airbrush

Ted Culotta <tculotta@...>

I'll throw in my two cents, for what it's worth. I only use solvent paints although "one day" I'll try some of my stash of Pro Color Birkholz/Meisener acrylics. After I finish painting, I clean the cup that holds the paint and then blow either lacquer thinner or MEK (depending upon whether I used Floquil or Scalecoat [thinner] or Accupaint [MEK]) through the brush with the needle in the exhaust stream of the brush to remove paint from it. I disassemble and clean the entire brush with lacquer thinner or MEK using Q tips and pipe cleaners. I store the brush entirely disassembled. When changing colors, but not "final cleaning" the brush, I blow some clean thinner or MEK through. My brush since I was 12 has been a Paasche VL double action. I am on my second as the frequent assembly/disassembly tends to wear some of the threaded areas over the years. This is what works for me. YMMV.

Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media
645 Tanner Marsh Road, Guilford, CT 06437
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