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Airbrush lube

Postby jonst95 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:25 am

I haven't used my airbrush in about a year or so and the trigger is sticky. It's a dual action and it moves fore and aft just fine, but very sticky on the up and down movement. Can anyone recommend a lube to help solve this problem?

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Re: Airbrush lube

Postby RAAFBrat » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:56 am

Don't know for sure. Tried WD40?
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Re: Airbrush lube

Postby GeneralJG » Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:09 am

I use the Iwata super lube on the triggers & needles. Does the job but a bit pricey (Iwata!). :)

http://www.anest-iwata.com.au/range/air ... ries.shtml
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Re: Airbrush lube

Postby jonst95 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 5:03 pm

RAAFBrat, I thought about WD40 also, but everything I've read says not to. John, I went down to a LHS and the guy suggested that I try to adjust the trigger spring first. I'll give that a go, but if it doesn't work I think I'll go with your suggestion on the super lube.

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Re: Airbrush lube

Postby RAAFBrat » Sun Jun 15, 2014 5:15 pm

Ok. From memory I think I've sprayed a little WD through mine with no ill effects but it would've only been once. It's not a lube, but I run metho through mine after every use & it certainly keeps it clean.
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Re: Airbrush lube

Postby jonst95 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:23 pm

I will agree that WD40 is an awesome thing, so many uses. What is metho, I'd like to try it. I just use regular thinner to clean my brush right now and there has to be a better option.
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Re: Airbrush lube

Postby Calum » Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:42 pm

I use CRC 5.56, but only because I have a couple of spare tins from an old job

WD 40 should be OK as well (I think it's very similar to 5.56). I spray a bit on the needle after cleaning at the end of each paint session. I've found it stops paint sticking to the needle making clean up easier.

I've had no trouble with this.
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Re: Airbrush lube

Postby RAAFBrat » Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:58 pm

jonst95 wrote:I will agree that WD40 is an awesome thing, so many uses. What is metho, I'd like to try it. I just use regular thinner to clean my brush right now and there has to be a better option.


Sorry Jonst., Metho is Methylated Spirits. Cheaper than thinners. I use it to thin my acrylic paint as well - works well.
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