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How to clean your air brush to keep it like new

Taking care of your tools and supplies is an essential in their upkeep and increasing the life of your tools. When you neglect to take care of your tools they will get clogged or ruined and eventually will stop working. This same principle applies to your air brush gun, if you don't take care of it and clean in properly after each use it will get clogged and will stop working.

After each use you want to make sure that you get all the paint out, to do this you should add a little bit of warm water to the cup (where the paint goes in) and then pour it out into the trash. You must be sure NOT to use hot water because it could melt or warp small plastic pieces inside the gun.

Fill a bowl or tub with clean warm water, connect the air brush to the tube, plug it in and turn it on. Placing the needle and the cup under the water and pull the trigger. Run water through it for a few minutes to make sure that no color comes out of it. If paint does come out of the gun you will need to change the water.

When the water runs clear through the gun take it out of the water and fill the cup with clean water. While placing your finger over the needle cap pull the trigger. This will make the air flow backwards through the gun causing bubbles to form in the cup. If there is paint stuck in the gun it will come up in the bubbles in this step. Pour the water out and place the needle and cup in water again and pull the trigger.

When you feel that it is clean, take the gun out of the water and spray your gun on a white napkin or paper towel to make sure there is no color in the spray. If no color comes out you are all clean and ready to use your airbrush gun again.

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