Jump to content

Cleaning Iwata Eclipse Nozzle


Recommended Posts

The nozzle of my Iwata airbrush has become clogged with dry paint, which has built up over time and has caused sputtering.

I immersed the entire nozzle in enamel thinner for a while and this helped get some of it out, but there's still quite a bit of gunk there.


I'm now wondering whether immersing it in Tamiya airbrush cleaner for a few hours would damage it in any way.

The Eclipse nozzle seems to be very durable in comparison with that of a cheaper Iwata airbrush I had previously, but I'm still a bit hesitant.


Any answers appreciated.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What paint do you use? The IPA may help if acrylic paint or try a lacquer thinner like Mr Color Levelling thinner. Better on shifting dried paint, particularly paint like Tamiya etc.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the replies.


I use enamels only, so it seems the IPA wouldn't be compatible.

The airbrush cleaner is what I have to hand, so I'm just wondering whether soaking the nozzle assembly in that would produce any ill-effects. I'm pretty sure it would do a good job of cleaning it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It did. I soaked it for a few hours and cleaned out the inside with a toothpick, removing several big flakes of dried paint. It's running like new now, wish I'd done it much earlier. Cheers.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...