I’ve pronounced that correctly if not my sincere apologies and from a few other people asking what I’m looking for what do I get a compressor professional airbrush makeup kit reviews, how do I clean it, things like that and I thought I put together this video I will do a more complete video further down the line at some point in the new year, um, but right now I’m a little limited to the two air brushes, I’ve got the two compressors, I’ve got so I can’t show you everything but I’ll do my best I can tell you about things, so this is designed for somebody who’s never had an air brush before and never used one now I was aeroblend airbrush makeup personal starter kit.Grab the learning curve for air brushes as steep but short so basically imagine a graphic goes I’ve never used an air brush, um I know I know I’m doing it’s kind of like that, basically a lot of people consider it a dark mysterious art and I can guarantee certain things the first time you use one you won’t know what you’re doing, um, the first time you clean one they’ll be pooping your pants moment, and I’ll explain that thing to bear in mind is out of the gate there’s a lot to learn, but you learn it very quickly, and most of the learning process is becoming comfortable.Um, with the process of becoming comfortable with the approach, there’s not a lot of technical stuff to learn you don’t need a degree in complicated things that’s the good thing so let’s go through a few bits and bobs so first of all let’s look at at what I brush do you buy.Okay so you’re looking to buy an air brush you’ve never used one before the first thing I would say is don’t spend a fortune don’t go out and buy a top of the range air brush because if you try it and you realize you don’t like doing it youve just spent a hundred quid on an air brush that you’re never gonna use again, waste of money, if you’re just starting out because of the steep learning curve, it can put a lot of people off for the rest of their life, it put me off for ten years until I bit the bullet and got back into it.So start out cheap and cheerful they’ll spend a fortune I have for a long time use my wot and neo which is about 45 quid fifty quid that’s a really good brush, it’s nice and simple it’s nice and user friendly and it’s not complicated, there are similar brushes by badger and other makers that are about that price I would say steer clear of the super cheap air brush kits that you might find on ebay or Amazon where it’s like thirty quid and you get a compressor and an air brush and all the other eye, I wouldn’t bother because more often than not the cheap Chinese knockoffs and they usually have issues that will put you off, so go for just to keep things simple, go for a recognized brand like neo that’s sort of like a water like badger.I don’t know if harder & steen beck do cheap ones have a look, um, there’s loads out there, my personal experience and recommendation is the neo free water, but there are plenty of others out there, there are three types of air brush, you need to look at now, these are both one type but there’s three types suction feed.Side feed and gravity feed.What do these mean suction feed looks like this but it doesn’t have this cup on the top it looks like an air brush.But here it will have a bottle in which you put the paint.Side feed again doesn’t have this cup on the top but it looks like this and on the side, usually this side there’ll be a cup sticking out of the side. And lastly gravity feed are these two the paint cup is on the top and it uses gravity to pull the paint through I would recommend again purely for keeping the learning curve as simple as possible, and the maintenance and cleaning, so you’re not put off at an early stage I would say ignore side and suction feed, go for the one with the cup on the top gravity feed why two reasons.One it’s the easiest to clean out and two it’s the most efficient with the paint and easiest to use, if you have a suction feed with the bottle on the bottom, then you put your paint in the bottle, the air brush blows air through the air brush and sucks the paint up, that’s why it’s called a suction feed.It takes typically more air pressure higher air pressure to suck the paint up than it does with the other two types of brush, so if you’re working off cans of air and we’ll get to that light, if you’re going to have cans of air, it may struggle especially if the paints a bit thick, so it’s not the most efficient also it’s an absolute pain in the ass to clean because if you want to change your color, you have to clean the brush out you have to clean the plastic tube, you have to clean the bottle out you have to clean the lid out take it up, it’s a real.Pain to clean it takes the longest of all three to clean out so again to keep things simple don’t go for resumption feed side feed where you have the cup on the side, this again kind of works a little bit by gravity and a little bit by the air pressure going through the brush gravity pushes the paint down air pressure pulls the paint into the nozzle it’s a bit more efficient than the suction feed so you’re not going to struggle if you are using an air can and not a compressor, so it’s not so bad, but it’s still not as good as a gravity feed and it’s also not as much of a pain to clean out as a suction feed, but you take the cup off you can clean that you’ve still got a tube here and then this tube here and you’ve got this tube usually on the side is really hard to get into it, it’s still a bit of a pain to clean out to get completely flushed of pain, so again it’s alright it’s just.It needs a bit more pressure than a gravity Fed and it’s still a bit of a pain in the ass to clean out last of all we have gravity Fed the cup on the top my personal recommendation for beginners, gravity pulls the paint down into the airflow so you can work with much lower air pressures which means if you’re using an air can.It’s ideal you’re not having to have a massive high air pressure to pull the paint up the paint is just coming down anyway, the air just blows it into the nozzle, also for cleaning it’s an absolute dawdle on most of these you can take the pink cup off, not all of them, you can’t on this one, um and you’ve basically got a tube in here. You’ve got that little bit of tube there and you’ve got the paint cup and you can clean this in five minutes five ten minutes for a thorough clean out a on some of them you can’t take the cop off like this revolution but it’s not even much more difficult, you can still get something in there you’ve got to worry about a tube on the side, you can’t get out and you’ve not got to disassemble a plastic tube in a bottle in the lid and everything else like the suction feed, so first thing to look for is start cheap, you can always get a better air brush once you’re confident.Second thing to look for always gravity Fed other spray the other brushes have their uses but personally as a beginner I wouldn’t bother you may get used to using it, but the cleanup process is such a chore that it put me off for a long time and again with the suction feed you’re going to struggle with and it’s not going to be ideal now one more thing to look for you’ll see here, these two dare brushes, look a bit different.One of these things is not like the other sh copyright there’s two ways of controlling air brush either a button like this one or a trigger like this one, but now this is completely absolutely completely a personal preference with an a button, you push the button down to get air flowing through and you pull it back to get paint flowing through and the further you pull the button back, the more paint flows through the further you push it down.The more air goes through this is called dual action when you are buying an air brush make sure it is a dual action air brush single action means that when you press a button, it’s painting air all at the same time and you can’t control how much of either, so in a single action, you just press the button and that’s a painted egg coming out, it’s fixed with a dual action you can vary the amount of air by pressing it press it down further.You can vary the amount of paint by pulling it back further, this is a trigger air brush, it’s also dual action again always go for dual action not single action. This is a bit different if you pull it back a little way, you get just air coming through.And it actually stops that you can feel it stop there’s a little resist, if I then pull it back further.But of course paint starts to come through and the further back I pull the trigger, the more paint comes out so again I can control air only, but then I can start to control how much paint comes out now, if you’re wondering about why, why are there two different types, which one should you get like I said it’s personal preference I can’t use button air brushes when I can.And I’m just as competent with these as I am with these, however if you look at my hands I can’t bend my fingers I got weird fingers I can’t bend them.But I can’t control them involuntarily bend them.And this means that when I’m using a button trigger if I use this. For more than say half an hour, I’m getting really bad discomfort in my fingers, I’m getting cramps in my hands and it’s just I get cramps here and it’s torture for me I can’t do it, so when I discovered trigger ones I can hold it like this I can use my middle finger just like my Xbox controller Xbox not PS four here, sorry I can use my middle finger for the trigger which is perfect, this finger can sit here and can keep the air brush stable and also means that I can see if I’m slopping paint around in my paint cup and it’s come out from under the LED I can go on my fingers, wet paw and then know to go and clean that up because the last thing you want is to work on a model and paint drips off onto the model because that sucks.But the other thing is having this finger here means I can easily lock this finger where I want it now that’s very important, if I’m painting something and I pull this trigger back halfway say, and I think that’s just about the right amount of paint I can carry on painting, but as my hand is moving around you can’t see it, but I can feel my finger is doing this on the trigger, it’s naturally varying if I’m getting cramps in my hands I’m adjusting my hand, I’m never gonna get that same it’s gonna be I can’t keep the same paint flow.Now some hair brushes do have a restriction I’ll explain that in a minute but this one doesn’t so I’m gonna get variable paper flow on this one I can easily pull it back that far and then without any pressure at all I can just hold it there.I can do this I can lock my fingers in place I can tense my fingers a little bit so they’re not going to move this finger is given a sort of a bit of a bit of support allow me to lock that finger in place I can clap my hand a little bit not uncomfortably and that trigger is not going to move ever and I always get the same amount of paint coming through.I’m so personal preference I prefer these because I don’t get this discomfort cramps, if you have limited mobility in your hands or like me, you’ve got no ability at all in the end of your fingers and you do get discomfort, then it might be worth considering one of these however do bear in mind triggered rip versions are slightly more expensive, this is in the water neo is exactly the same basically as the neo with the button.Its about twenty quid more though because it’s got the trigger and the grip the button version is about twenty quid less and it’s just the same body and stock just with the button on the top like that one that’s a revolution do consider a trigger one it’s also a little more welcoming again, remember the difficulty curve it’s a little easier to get hold of because I mean to get to grips with some similar things because.You can control the paint flow more readily so you can keep a constant amount of paint but it’s personal preference, one other thing on an air brush that may help if you are going for a button grip.With the paint flow issue where I can just lock my hand on this one it has won this one it doesn’t some air brushes come with one of these which is a restricted or it’s got various different names, this locks how far back the trigger will go.So I’m not gonna turn it cause it’s set just where I want it, but if I if I think I want it to go this far back and no further I can hold it there and then turn this little nerd dial and it will make that as far back as the trigger can go so if you are using one of these and you want to restrict your paint flow so you don’t want to go past a certain point make sure you get with a little nozzle on the back nozzle, not the right word a little thing on the back, so you can turn it and twist it and lock it that way, you can say Bang that’s as far as I’m going to go, the downside is you can still move the trigger forward, so you still get some variability but you’re never going to pull it past a certain point this one doesn’t have one so it goes forward and back that far and that’s it, so I have to keep that button exactly right place and even now I just hold my hand still can’t.I can’t keep it steady.Now the second thing to look for when using an air brush it’s a compressor haha right now you have a number of choices, there are many compressors as there are air brushes, don’t worry about it too much here’s where you can, if you want to get some cheap and cheerful thing off, ebay doesn’t really matter the certain requirements, you’ve got three options, um, you can go for a cheap and cheerful, simple one with just the real basics, I’ll show you one in a moment, my little plucky little compressor, you can go for a proper air tank air reservoir compressor, and they can vary from sixty quid to a couple of hundred quid or you can go for air cans now if you’re just starting out, there’s no problem at all in buying air cans away an heir can works, it’s a can of compressed air you hook it to the air brush and you get a supply of air coming through.They’ll last you for a good painting session, they’re usually about I don’t know about a foot and half long downside to an air can for a beginner is brilliant, just plug the can in there you go, spray no problem downside.Twofold, one very expensive so you’ll go through a lot of air cans and Long-term it’s not the best option Long-term you’re going to spend a fortune on air cans it’s a bit like using rattle campaign, it’s more expensive than using normal pain.So long term it’s not ideal but it’s a good way to start out before you go and spend a load of money on a compressor, if you want to see if you’re comfortable with air brush before you confirm anything, then get yourself a cheap air brush, get yourself an air camp and try it out, if you get used to it, then you can look at compressors.Another thing is with an air can you don’t get constant pressure as the air can empties the pressure, it puts out drops so it will put less and less air through and your pain will start to splutter especially if it’s a thick a thick paint, so it’s a short-term way to get into the hobby, but you will go through air cans and you will spend a lot of money and you might think will compress as a couple hundred quid yeah but it’s cheaper than buying air cans all the time in the long term so that’s your air can auction next you have and I’ll move these out of the way you have what I call the cheap and cheerful compressors, and let me bring my little plucky compressor, this is my plucky little compressor spa Max ac 55, you can get these in various forms there’s a million different versions of the different names and you often find the same compressors under different makes and brands, um, this came I don’t think this came with an air brush but it’s about sixty quid a and it’s basically it’s a single compressor, there’s no air tank, it just has basically a little motor in there that creates the compressed air flow.It comes out of this tube that you can’t see and into the air brush, it has an on off switch and that’s it, you can’t control the pressure so you can’t increase or decrease the pressure, it’s just on or off now as a start I think these are often labeled as makeup kick compressors and things like that and you’ll see a few of these on Amazon even people like badger.Any water a water, do these basic compressors they’re a great way to start out if you don’t want to go the rattle camera you’ll get a constant flow of air not always the best flow of air, sometimes it can be a little bit spluttered with thicker paints but you get a constant flow of air and you don’t have to worry about spending money every time you need to buy a new cat and you don’t have to worry about the pressure dropping halfway through painting, a model the downsides of these are, um, they do work for a limited amount of time because it’s constantly on.Um, so they get hot after a while, we will shut down now, this is supposed to have a forty minute shot off time but it never does, and it never breaks down, this has lasted me for four or five years so it can work for several hours at a pop but it’s always on so, of course it makes a noise as well. Which might sound a lot on camera on my microphone but it’s not too bad I do have to stop working about half eight nine o’clock at night because I’ve got neighbors to think of on the other side of my wall.So that’s permanently on while you’re spraying whether you’re spraying or not, it’s on to turn it off but it’s a great budget way to start 5060 quid you’ve got an air supply, it’s constant and you can crack on downside, you can’t change the pressure, however, you can buy inline pressure gauges which I’ll talk about later, so that’s a cheap and cheerful one, OK, so this is more of a hardcore compressor, this has an air tank to give you a steady supply of air it’s got an oil engine in there, um, it’s got a pressure gauge which you can’t see there and this retails again there’s various different names for this but it’s it’s about 8090 quid a seventy or eighty quid, so it’s about the same price as the little one, it can be, but the advantages it has this big air tank.I can’t turn this on because this is a us version, this was a wonderful wonderful gift from follower Jonathan crocker, thank you so much, Jonathan I can’t turn this on because it’s American and I’m still waiting on an adapter, so I can run it on 240 volts, it’s designed for one ten one twenty volts, so I can’t turn it on now the little warmth as I said before, is on permanently, so you turn it on, it’s on whether you’re spraying or not, this one has an air tank and the advantage of an air tank is that the compressor purely exists to fill this air tank the air brush gets its air from the air tank, so this will run only while it’s filling the air tank so it’ll run for a minute or two it’ll shut off you’ll be spraying away happily for ten or fifteen minutes depending on how much you do and then when this tank gets too low, the compressor will kick in again and just fill the air tank and then shut off.So it’s a bit better this one is actually theoretically quieter than the little one and because it’s not on all the time it’s potentially I can use it later at night, although it’s still quite loud, I mean you know if you’re opposite someone’s bedroom is going to wake them up, but this is a bit more hardcore and I said the advantage of this one is it has a pressure gauge, now this means you can set your PS I your pressure, different paints need different pressures thick paints need higher pressure thinner paints, you can use at lower pressure not critical, my little plucky compressor that I used for years, you can’t change that, and I’ve never had to I just spray anything with it, if I’ve got a thicker paint and just thin it down but it’s not ideal, what you really want to do is increase the pressure, so if you can get yourself a compressor with a pressure variable pressure gauge on there absolutely brilliant, you adjust it with this knob, you’ll also see this dangling thing here underneath this is a moisture trap, and this just takes air from water from the air flow going to your air brush traps in here and there’s a little release valve on the bottom.Moisture trap is absolutely vital, you can either get it on your compressor, or you can get one an inline one that can go on your hairbrush and again I’ll show you that later if you don’t have a moisture trap of some sort, then what you’ll find is as you’re spraying your paint water is going to be coming out and I had this when I first started air brushing I was getting water coming out and it just makes things a nightmare, so I say this was this was about seventy or eighty quid UK about 99 dollars us and there’s a million different versions again, you don’t need to spend an absolute fortune, if you’re getting started and you want to start with a compressor just to test yourself to see if you like it.A and you want to try it properly, then go to the compressor, but you know spend fifty sixty seventy quid UK seventy eighty ninety dollars maybe hundred dollars us on a compressor, it just makes things easier and again it’s about the learning curve, it will reduce the learning curve, if you spray it with the spray can you’re gonna get drops in pressure as the can empty and you’ll get frustrated, so if you can get yourself aggressive, it’s an expensive option, then try with the paint cans for a while you don’t need to dive straight into doing it with you know a compressor OK, now you had mentioned about moisture traps and pressure gauges a if you do go for a plucky little compressor like mine that doesn’t have a pressure control valve or a moisture trap, then don’t panic, there are options available to you if you look at the air hose for my compressor, if I can find it, here’s their house do Youtube, um, this is where the air hose normally ends, and that will go into the bottom of your brush like heh, however you’ll see this thing on the end.This is a moisture trap, absolutely vital if your compressor doesn’t have one get one of these, it’s called an inline moisture trap and all this does is this goes between the air brush and the air hose and there’s little five nanometer filter in here that keeps all the moisture out but lets the air through it, it’s very simple, it just when you attach your air brushes attaching it directly to the house which you would do if you had.Um, a compressor with a moisture trap, this sits in between and keeps all the moisture away from here because if you have water coming out in your paint ruined especially there’s a lack of paint, it’s really ruined so the last thing you want is moisture coming out into into your paint, so that’s just a handy little device inline moisture trap, get yourself one of those if you compress it doesn’t have one refusing air cans now also in line I don’t have one, but you can get a pressure control valve, which is a little nerve twisty bolt and it just controls how much air gets through from the compressor to your air brush so you don’t have any kind of way of changing the pressure on the compressor, you can get little in line one and in this case I would stick it either here before this or after this before the air brush and it would just mean I can turn it one way to increase the air flow or the other way to decrease the airflow and it’s cobbled together way of getting less or more so if I was using a thick paint I’d increase the airflow if I’m using a thin paint like a clear gloss varnish or.Or you know a thin enamel, wash up on that and drop the pressure down because you want to lower pressure for thinner paints the other thing you can get as well, um in line as well as pressure regulators and moisture traps is a quick release adapter and all that means is it’s something that goes on the end here and there’s a bit on the end here and instead of feeling like I screwed it on and I keep meaning to get one never got round to it instead of me having to unscrew this everytime you just slip, the air brush in and then pull it out again, if you’ve got multiple air brushes, we need to take this out to clean it it’s a really wave.Connecting and disconnecting the air hose from your air brush without having to unscrew it every time I don’t have one I keep meaning to get one but it’s one of those things that I kind of need to get one but it’s not absolutely necessary.So there you go.That’s a little quick guide to air brushes, one other thing I’m going to cover today a is how to clean your air brush when you finish painting because this is one thing that gives a lot of people poopy trouser moments and it’s not something you need to worry about, so let me go and get everything ready and we’ll show you how to clean out your air brush. Okay for the last section today I’m gonna show you how to strip and clean an air brush, I’m going to show you how to strip and clean I’m gonna do it on my neo which doesn’t actually need cleaning, so I’m gonna pretend to clean it, but there is one thing I want to explain to those of you who get a button trigger air brushes kind of pass this strip, this one but we’ll go through the strip down process in a moment but there’s one thing you need to be aware of and you will make you have some brown trouser moments the first time this happens and I guarantee it will and I guarantee you’ll be sweating and panicking, we take the needle out of this.And then it rolls away across the desk, thank you what will happen is you’ll be cleaning it.And the trigger will come out and be like oh I jus don’t panic, don’t panic, what you do the trigger has a hole in it through which the needle goes, and there’s a little flap here that pushes back and forth when you move the needle, will you do.Is take this rear part of the air brush out.Carefully because there’s a spring in there you see this little bit sticking up here. This little plate goes behind the trigger.And that’s what the trigger pushes back and then pulls the needle back, or you do there’s a hole down there, now I guarantee I won’t be able to get this right, the first time but you do it so that the little hole in the trigger is going front to back.You line it up so that little dangling bit that never goes straight goes into the hole and I guarantee you it took me several goes to get this, just take this out.Need to get that in there.And it is faith.Casey triggers, is it no it’s not I told you.Right, trigger is in so it’s in the hole hold that in place. Put that down carefully so it won’t fall out again and all you do is you take this piece with this little plate.And that goes in.If I can get in I’m going to do this, looking from a distance, and then that little plate butts up against the trigger.And then all you do, then is take this part.Screw this back home.Now that may not necessarily come part, this part inside may vary from ambush to ambush but it’s the same principle, there’s always a trigger with the plate against it, so what you see now is that if you can see that little plate is they’re just sticking up and it moves back when I pull the trigger and it pulls this bit back and then here goes the needle and what that does is that pulls the needle with it, so that’s how we get more paint because the needle pulls back and lets more paint out, so if you trigger ever pops out dump panic, just take out this rear piece inside with a little plate on it pop the trigger back in.And screw it all back in again, if you trigger ever gets sticky, you can get a little bit of air brush lubricant on that little Bobby bit at the bottom.And that’s that, so if you triggered us fallout don’t panic you’ve not broken it okay so you’ve been painting, you want to know you finish for the day and you want to clean the air brush out when you’re painting normal and you want to change colors, all you do is really just flush the color out with air brush cleaner until there’s no paint remaining then you go to the next color when you finish for the day you want to give the brush a good thorough clean out, so how do you do that, now, this is a trigger brush so we don’t have the same inner workings with the button but that’s why I showed you that last bit to so you know if the trigger falls out so on and so on, but the rest of it is the same principle so it will vary brush to brush but don’t panic so we want to clean this bow, we need to get cleaner into paint cup, the tubing here where the paint goes the nozzle the needle and the needle cap and needle crown and basically all the parts where paint is gonna go you need to make sure there’s no buildup of paint, otherwise eventually trigger will stir your paint will spray paint everywhere would be horrible to be splatter hon.So strip down is very easy.So let’s say you want to do a color change, you’ve just finished buying blue and you’ve got a little bit of paint left in there and you’ve cleaned out, so what you do, and you paint this left in the cup tip it away get yourself a piece of kitchen towel or any kind of paper towel, soft you’ll take some air brush cleaner, now, this is madeira air brush cleaner, but any air brush cleaner will do, you can use thin as well, your normal paint thin as if you’re my recommend air brush cleaner is usually a bit better. You’ll pour some in the cup so you’re still gonna compress her at this point pour some average cleaner you cut you’ll see it goes the colour of the pint you very gently put that issue against the nozzle but don’t press hard, you don’t want to damage the end of the needle just blocking the end off and pull the trigger a little bit you’ll see air starts to bubble, back in through the cup, that’s fine it’s taking paint from inside here dislodging it and mixing it into the thinner so you bubble back.Got a bit of paint you get yourself an old brush and you just start to work the thinner let’s move this out of the way, just start to work with thinner.Around the cup just to get the paint off the sides of the curve and get the paint off breakdown, any chunks of paint that might be in there when that’s done you take your piece of tissue, we stood up the cleaner and stuff in here, take a piece of tissue don’t put the brush down obviously that will be done, make a little twisty end going and gently place it in. Work it round that will pick up any paint in debris.And you’ll still see some color down at the bottom, just a little bit of color in there so you need to do this several times, so what you do is you go back, you put some water brush cleaner in just a few drops, you don’t need a massive amount cover it blow it back a little bit gently government brush just work it in there get it around the needle at the bottom working in get your tissue.Go back in do that two or three times you’ll see less and less paint each time then for the last couple of times you can go in with a brush cleaner a just work it with the brush and then you can tip the paint out do the same again, pour some in blow it back a little bit tip it out.And then the last step is just takes my brush cleaner and just run it through the air brush and just spray it out into your spray booth or into a paint cleaning station like this.Now it’s important that you don’t spray anything through the air brush before those first few steps because if I if I am just coming to clean this just finished using it I put a brush cleaner in there mudgett around with the brush and then spray it out, you just taken all that pain and debris and spray it back out towards the needle end, that’s why the first few steps are blow it back get some tissue in there and then either get out with a tissue or tip it away, that’s just to get as much out as you can, and then whatever’s left.You can do.Spray it out.So that’s that’s what you do for a color change now at the end of the day I’m going to do that bit first and get as close as I can, as if I’m changing color then I’ll disconnect my brush from the air supply.Um, and we’ll do the next step which is to strip it down, get it looking fantastic, so let’s strip it down you will need one thing but you need a few things with every air brush, you should get a nozzle spanner which is just a spanner that’s designed to go on the nozzle at the end, hence the name nozzle spanner, just change the focus. So now this will vary from average to average but it’s basically the same principle, so first thing you can do is take the back end off.That exposes your needle Chuck, this is but here is what holds this needle in place and when I pull the trigger back, you see that moves back that’s how the needle is pulled away from the nozzle and more paint comes out same on the other one when you pull the button back that moves back like that, now this Chuck holds the needle in place, if I loosen this Chuck.The truck moves but the needle doesn’t it doesn’t always. In that case it does, but normally it wouldn’t so we need to strip this down anyway, so we got the back off take your paint cup off if it’s removable.You would.Take off your crown cap.And these are just type, these can be tight when you first get them but when you put them back on and it finger tight so that just comes off.Now, this is what you have to be really careful now that they’re sticking out is the needle now needles and air brushes are super fine points, and there’s two things to know one they’ll go through to your bone, trust me I’ve done it yeah I stab myself all the time, and also they’re very easy to bend and nac are and if the tip of that needle is ever so slightly bent it’s going to ruin the spray you get from your air brushing to replace the needle, so whenever you’re doing anything like this, you want either with the button on the trigger.Pull the needle back, so it’s not sticking out because the last thing I do is dig it I’ve digged it onto soft things and ruin the end of a needle and then you’re going to take off this part which I can’t do exactly what it’s called but it’s this bit before the actual nozzle end.Now what you’ll see here is the needle sticking out and this bit here is the nozzle again, this is a super delicate part, you don’t want to damage that so again always be careful now what we’re gonna do to get the air brush needle out a lot of people will unscrew it here and pull out the back that’s not the best idea because it would paint on that needle and if you pull it out of the back you’re going to take all that pain and drag it all the way through the bit, you just cleaned out you want to do it that way.SO.Pull your needle in other with the button on the trigger, take your nozzle spanner. I’m very simply.Loosen it.That way, one turn and again still with the trigger in very, very gently.Just twist it off with your finger, sometimes I’ll have a little rubber seal on the end line, you’ve got there put that to one side, if you can put it in something so it’s not going to roll away and disappear, I’m going to put there.So now we have the needle sticking out again super careful at this point, loosen the needle Chuck why don’t you take it off push the needle forward, pull the needle out.That way, if there is paint on the needle at this end you’ve not dragged it through the rest of the back of the brush you’ve only dragged it forward and then always remember because this will happen to tighten your needle Chuck again because if you don’t guarantee that fall off and you’ll lose it to the carpet monster, so now we have that broken down, you can take this part off here but I don’t recommend it just leave it on there’s ways to clean this out you don’t need to take them off at this stage, so how do we clean this very simple will need some basic tools you can as I put my arm in shop, you can get yourself.Some air brush cleaning brushes, these are to me are ones to different sizes, superfine and big fat boy. You will need some cotton buds do you do combo, and if you can get some and I do recommend this as an alternative to air brush cleaning brushes get yourself some inter dental brushes, you can get these from any chemist pharmacist, your dentist will give them the dirt cheap and basically it’s a little plastic holy thing.With a little fluffy brush on the end, same as these air brush cleaning brushes, they’re supposed to go between your teeth but they’re perfect for air brushes, so what I would do is I will go back to my air brush cleaner and.I’d get it over a glass or a cup. And the first thing I’d do is get a bit of the brush cleaner in there just to run through it will come straight out, because this bits now open it’ll come straight out and dislodge any big loose parts.Take your your inter dental brush, I’ll use the inter dental brush gets easier to see either your inter dental brush or the fan air brush cleaning brush and simply put that in here and just work it get the brush in there and I’ll do it with that one because it’s easier for me to do.The ambush cleaning brush goes in the end that.And just work it back and forth spin it round get in there and push it as far as you can that’s just gonna help dislodge any paint from inside that tube, this tube comes here and then goes back that way, and this tube comes down here, so that’s where the paint goes so just gettin work, it’ll be some paint on there, so what you want ideally.There’s a little.Something to put somethin is a suburb, um brush cleaner, in so you put a little bit I brush cleaner in there you’d rinse your brush off in here, it’s got more a brush cleaner on it.Get back in there work it again. Pull it out just got more paint on it, rinse it off in here, it’s got more a brush cleaner on again.Going with that and just keep doing that.Until you get no paint coming off on the on the brush, you can also work it into here won’t really go down very far because there’s like a dog leg there, so it won’t go down very far, that’s where you can take your big brush get in the air brush cleaner and just get in here and work it round to get the pain out of all the threads in here again, you can use inter dental brushes, these are quite quick or if you’ve got cotton buds, just get your cotton bud with some average cleaner on it.And work it in here just to get all the residue out.So by the time you’ve done that all these tubes in here should be nice and clean so you can set that to one side.For z.Pick up the lid and the crown cap and the nozzle cap, what I recommend is get another one of these so we’ve got this one full of air brush cleaner but you’ve got paint in there now so get yourself another one fill it with air brush cleaner and just put those in there to soak before you start everything else put them in there to soak, then when you’ve finished all the other parts you come in and just clean them out with the brushes get the paint off.Um, for the needle, be very very careful again, you don’t want to damage the end, get summer brush cleaner on your cotton bud and just gently work it along the length of the needle rotating the needle as you go you’ll see paint transfer off you can clean it out.You can use a brush cleaner from either at this point and just work it along there when you get to this end, just place it on gently on the cotton bud and turn it rotate it and pull it back, don’t go like this, because if you jab that end into the cotton bud you’ll probably Mac at the end, so just gently tease the paint off and when it’s got all the paint off a piece of tissue very, very gently, just run it through a couple of times and you should have a clean needle.And then last of all this little nozzle nozzle, if I can get it to come out. I find my relief an air brush brush doesn’t work on this is too big, but my inter dental brush goes perfectly into the back of the nozzle there.And I just gently rotate it to clean out any excess paint I don’t have anything small enough to go in the whole end of the nozzle in the end which you probably can’t see on camera but that’s fine.And then she came out that way.And then when you don’t you reassembled now an important thing, um, when you buy your air brush, it will be one of two types, it’ll be solvent safe. Or it will not say anything about being solvent safe, if it’s not solvent, safe, or if you’re not sure just restrict cleaning all these parts to a brush cleaner which is specifically a brush cleaner or maybe the thing is that you use for your acrylic paints not lacquer thinner’s not I suppose alcohol not ISIS proposal not 99% rubbing alcohol if it’s not solvent safe anything other than a brush cleaner or acrylic thinner’s will eat away any of the seals and rubber rings and damage your air brush enough to replace those parts so.Don’t use anything strong, however.For parts like these where they’re just pieces of metal, there’s no seals.Oop don’t comedy for parts like the pink cup, the lid the crown cap and the nozzle cap where there’s no actual rubber seals.Or anything like that, then what you want, if you want to have a really quick cleaning time and the needle as well, you can use isotope alcohol or also known as IP, a 99% rubbing alcohol or Ice a proposal I have some here from medea.And now what I will do is. For cleaning the body of the brush.And the nozzle, I’ll use air brush cleaner for cleaning the needle, and these just metal parts that don’t have any rubber o rings, anything else, I’ll fill this with Ice a propeller alcohol, why do I do that just because this is more powerful and stronger and you often get a lot of paint buildup on the lid and around the nozzle caps, it just makes life a little easier I could clean it out with the brush cleaner it would just be a little more work, so for purely metal parts like the needle, the pink cup, the lid the crown cap and the nozzle cap, you can use things like rubbing alcohol alcohol.If your air brush is solvent safe, for example like my water revolution or my devilbiss dagger, um, then you can use Ice prep alcohol rubbing alcohol 99% rubbing alcohol I P A or a proposal are all the same thing, um it won’t damage any of the seals, the seals are designed to withstand that so you don’t you can just use alcohol and not a brush cleaner, it just makes life a bit faster, you can put alcohol through this I could put it in the here and use it as an air brush cleaner instead, and it would just make life a lot easier, a lot faster, also if it’s not solvent safe.Um try not to use enamels because to the thinness that you use for enamels, a kind of these and if you wanted to clear a animals or lacquer’s out, you’re really going to be using alcohol, um or enamel thinner which potentially well the enamel thinner could potentially damage the seals in your brush, so if it’s not solvent safe like this one isn’t stick to acrylics stick to air brush cleaners acrylic air brush cleaners, stick to acrylic thinner’s things like that you’re fine if you’ve got a solvent safe air brush, you can put anything through this it won’t do any harm, one of the last thing.If you’ve got an air brush like this that is not solvent, safe and again if it doesn’t say it’s solvent safe assume it’s not solve and safe.Don’t ever use lacquer paints in it because lacquer paints and lacquer thinner’s will again eat the seals away and you have to use lacquer thinner to clean it out.So don’t put lacquer paint or lacquer thinner is through a non solvent safe air brush there you get a handy tip, let’s put this puppy back together.So we’ve cleaned our ambush with the average cleaner we’ve cleaned the nozzle out a little bit with the brush cleaner we’ve cleaned these out I’ve personally used the alcohol because it’s faster clean needles to certain order to this, so what you want to do is first and foremost without dropping on the floor because that’s the worst thing in the world. Take your nozzle.Now you might not see this on screen.Putting your finger in thumb rotate it that far. Put it back in the end and then you can just rotate it back, it’s very fid Lee, so if you start your thumb high up.Put it in.And you can just get back now probably I’ll do this first time because I’m doing it from a way away and I’m on camera.But be very very gentle, it’s a little brass usually brass or bronze nozzle and it’s very delicate.So, just do it all the way to the right.Take your nozzle spanner. And the trick here.It’s just with no effort at all, just turn it.Till it stops.Turn the air brush, it’s easier don’t go any tighter than that, it’s not even finger tight, if you tighten any more than that, I’ve had this your tight knit and a little bit, that’s got the thread on it will just shred and then you’ve got a nozzle permanently attached to this end of your brush and you have to buy that whole new head unit.So yeah that’s a real pain in the backside, so just do it till you can’t turn it with your fingers, then get the spanner and just till it stops then it’s done, it’s fine.Then we want to do is take our needle neely, now the first thing you need to do is take off your needle Chuck.Put it there it will roll away so again don’t give the carpet monster what it wants. I find this easier do this close-up by look at it really closely put your finger there, get the needle just sticking out a little bit over your finger.And line it up.If you need to put your finger there first just to prevent the needle going into the side and then just slide the needle forward into the back.Oops, like I just totally didn’t because I’m doing it for a long wait, let me get my visor down I can’t see from this distance.Sac just put it in slide it in and then you get the needles in would be super careful. You don’t want to stab yourself and also if you don’t have to replace the needle new needle for this is about seven quid I happen to have a spare one because I bend them all the time, um, nak and needles all the time so push it all the way through you’ll see the needle now comes out.Of the nozzle, it will just naturally stop don’t push any further take yet needle Chuck back on finger tight, as always, finger type.Take your crown cap & nozzle cap, pull needle in needle gone, put on your nozzle cap, they do have different names, these parts, so if I’m if I’m doing a name you don’t recognize there’s a million different names for all parts still with the needle all the way in put your crown cap on. And then release the trigger now if you’re not if you think you might have dimmed your needle end.A handy way to check is to loosen this needle Chuck.I’ll take it off and then just rotate the needle. See if I can see it rotate the needle.While it’s in the nozzle but there’s nothing on the top try pulling in and out and rotating it.It’s an easy way to see if your needles doing this relative to the nozzle, you know you’ve done the end.Now this needle is dimmed a little bit.But I know that anyway, it’s been doing previously it’s a bit of digging it but it’s not affected the spraying if you dig the end of your needle you’ll tend to get very strange spray pattern, it’ll be very spot ci or it’ll have it won’t be a nice smooth line, so if you get in splashy paint splatter paint and it’s kind of I had it once where the paint was going up like that, I’m like yeah at the end of the needle there.So put these on finger tight.Put pen coupon and yes it is a fab getting the pink upon it never goes on the first time you’re not the first person to go home, it will go on, it’s just for some reason average manufacturers make them impossible to thread do that nice and tight sometimes there’s a seal on there if you’ve got a new water, there’s a seal on there and in about two days time of using it falls off and breaks don’t worry I’ve not had a seal on there for about a year sticky lid back on make sure the needle trick, isn’t it. Take this slide on now guarantee this won’t work, first time.It never does, there’s little you can’t really see on here but there’s a little hole at the end you kind of have to look down and get the end of the needle to go into that hole on the end and I can never do it first time there you go, so if it sticks halfway just look at what you do.Put the end on well, um, your hairbrush is now clean and that’s it, but yeah stick to the basics or brush cleaner medea is a really good one there’s also you mp do a really nice blue air brush cleaner, it’s really good really strong I just don’t have any here at the moment.AH.If it’s not solvent safe stick to a brush cleaner, if you’re not sure stick to air brush cleaner, if you know it’s solvent safe, then you can save a lot of time and use alcohol, it’ll clean the paint a lot faster.If you’re spraying and you find it’s a bit slattery or you’re having trouble with the paint coming through or any spray problems at all for the first port of call is to clean your brush out because 99% of air brush problems are fixed by cleaning the brush out because 99% of problems are caused by paint created around the nozzle or on the needle, if the needle if you’re finding let you go I can’t put the needle back on one of these like the trigger won’t move.This one when I took it apart for that demo the needle just wasn’t moving because there was paint buildup around the tip of the needle, and it just cemented itself to the nozzle so any problems with sticky triggers probably just need to clean out any problems with splatter paint or not much paint coming through it probably needs to clean out most problems can be solved by cleaning your brush out thoroughly. And there we have it there’s only a little top level guide to cleaning, um, and what to choose, there are a million other things to consider with an air brush, but like I said at the start, what I would do is start simple, keep in mind the large learning curve by large, I mean high but not long, there’s a lot of things that can put you off using an air brush just right at the start, so start with a cheap brush so you’re not investing a lot of money on something you decide you’re not gonna use, go for a dual action.So you can control the paint have a think about whether you prefer trigger or button, um, don’t worry too much about what compressor start with air cans, if you need to make sure you’re comfortable with the air brush first and the whole principle of it starting off two or three air cans it’s a good way to do a few practice runs, start with air cans first if you decide that air brushing is not for you you’ve not spent a couple hundred dollars on the compressor, and then when you do decide to get a press or a compressor start cheap and cheerful a little tiny one like mine often labels make up ones I absolutely find you’ll have to get an air tank and then as time goes by, you can look at yourself with an air tank, so don’t overthink it too much air brushes, avoid the cheap sets on ebay, they are usually Chinese, they can be very good, they can be great but they can also be ass, um, they can have mis aligned novels in which case you get a crap paint job and you think it’s you so stick to a known brand don’t give yourself obstacles at the start, it’s not a dark art, it’s not hard, it’s not about learning.Mastering how to use an air brush it’s about getting comfortable with an air brush once you understand how the air brush works, you don’t panic when things happen, so when you do get your first air brush strip it down put it back together strip it down put it back together, just a few times, you can get comfortable so you can understand how things go together, so that when the trigger does fall out for the first time you don’t crap myself and think you broke your hairbrush like I did and like pretty much I can guarantee most people who use an air brush for the first time have done.I hope that’s been a little bit of use, um I will at some point go around doing how to use a hair brush technique, um, but that’s a whole thing in of itself go and have a look around enjoy happy air brushing, let me know if you have any questions in the comments below or on the Facebook page or anywhere else.