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Sharknose

Spraying Klear

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Evening. 

 

I was considering buying  a cheap 0.5mm airbrush to put coats on models,  have the UK version of Klear,  I don't want to ruin my H&S ultra,  so was thinking of picking up something <30 notes. Does Klear spray ok, does it need thinning, with water? Or????

 

Cheers,

Sharky

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Shoot Klear straight through the airbrush, flush with water then airbrush cleaner.

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Cheers Ratch, I'm only chucking £20 at a cheap one, so not the end of the world if it kills it.

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A while ago I decided I wanted a more ‘industrial and simple’ airbrush for primers and the like I first looked at the Chinese knock off market for a simple 0.5mm model.  Couldn’t find any, they were either smaller or packed with whistles and bells and supplied with three nozzle/needle sets.  Not quite what I wanted, but I bought one that was a copy of an Iwata HP and came with 0.2, 0.3 and 0.5 needles, thinking I would just use the 0.5mm.  Cost about £20 and it was dreadful.  To be fair the 0.2 and 0.3 setups were okay but the 0.5 was leaking and splattering all over the place.  The main culprit, I believe was poor o-rings, something I sort if proved after airbrush wax improved the situation.  But I decided I couldn’t be bothered with the temperamental nature so got a refund - they didn’t want the brush back which shows how cheap these things really must be.

 

So I decided that time is too precious to be faffing about so decided to splash out and spend £50 on a sparmax 125.  Okay, over twice the price but the reassurance that it will work when you need it is worth it.

 

Now I don’t want to totally bad mouth Chinese knock offs  - my first dual action internal mix was a copy of an Iwata revolution.  Works pretty well to be honest - not quite as good as an Iwata but not far off.  The problem with the knock offs is the lack of quality control, you can get a good one, you can get a bad one, it is a  lottery.  So they have their place, and great for those strapped for cash, but for me, I decided the uncertainty wasn’t worth the money saved.

 

There is an old adage - buy cheap, buy twice.

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel

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I've had cheap airbrushes that were useless and others that were quite adequate. One of the clones cost £30 and was as good as my Iwata HPC+ (at £175) so sometimes its just luck of the draw.

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Hi

I recently ran the Lakeland Quick Shine product (https://www.lakeland.co.uk/20286/Quick-Shine-Floor-Finish-800ml) undiluted through my H&W Ultra with no problem.  As Ratch says flush through and clean with airbrush cleaner.  I was a little lax doing that and found the next time I used the airbrush that the pull back action was not working.  There was some dried polish on the needle that a wipe with airbrush cleaner resolved.

Cheers

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