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Don Wheeler

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  1. airbrush newb questions

    A lot of guys here are very happy with their Paasche H. You can get a complete set including a hose for a slightly over $50. Don
  2. Cleaning Airbrush

    As Steve wrote, you're going to too much trouble. I do a little more than just flush, but still use less than an ounce of thinner to clean. I do recommend you pull the needle each time and wipe it to keep it from sticking. Don
  3. If you have a problem, there's lots of help here. Don
  4. That's interesting. It appears very similar to the Harbor Freight Deluxe airbrush except for the handle. But, it looks like it has a Badger size air connection rather than the more standard 1/8 inch connector of the Harbor Freight. That might be so that they can include the thin vinyl hose in the box. You could probably use a Badger to Iwata conversion adapter or a Badger hose if you want something heavier. It doesn't say the nozzle size, but I'm going to guess it's .35mm like the Harbor Freight. At that price, it must be Chinese. I'd try it with plain water first to make sure it sprays OK before using paint. If it's your first double action, practice on some junk plastic before trying it on a kit. I hope it works well for you. Don
  5. A new airbrush review

    I have added a review of a no name aluminum airbrush to my site. If you are interested, you can see it here. Comments are welcome. Don
  6. How do you touch up chrome parts?

    Thanks for the tips, guys. I never heard of Molotow. Don
  7. What's the best method to touch up the spots where sprue connected to chromed parts? Do you use a dab of silver paint or some other color? Thanks, Don
  8. I have added a review of the Iwata Revolution HP-M1 airbrush to my site. Don
  9. I've added a review of the Binks Wren to my site. I hope you like it. You can see it here. Don
  10. Buying my first airbrush Questions.

    The 150 nozzles are .25, .5, and .76mm. The Anthem comes with .76mm but .5 and .35mm are available. The Crescendo can use .5, .76, or 1.0mm nozzles. Don
  11. Buying my first airbrush Questions.

    It's too bad they don't give more feedback. There are several things that could cause your symptom. I think both the Patriot and the Revolution are good airbrushes. The Revolution does have finer fit and finish, but the Patriot is easier to care for. Don
  12. Buying my first airbrush Questions.

    Could you elaborate more on what you mean by broken down? The Patriot is a pretty tough airbrush, much more than the Revolution with its tiny screw in nozzle. Also, the inside of my Patriot bowl is shiny chrome. Did you use ammonia to clean yours? I agree on siphon feed for painting model cars. Don
  13. Buying my first airbrush Questions.

    The Paasche V is a nice airbrush if you like a side cup like your Aztek. It won't accept your old Aztek cups though. As Monty wrote, the 155 is my favorite. But, there are a lot of good airbrushes out there. I'd go with something a little sturdier than the Harbor Freight, although it does spray OK. The Paasche VL and Badger 175 are built like tanks. And, with choice of nozzles will give a wide range of spray patterns. I have to disagree with Bill about the cleaning kit. I think it's meant for bigger spray guns. Fine interdental brushes and some paper towels work well for me. Don
  14. Buying my first airbrush Questions.

    If by center tube, you mean the needle bearing, do not try to remove it. It is pressed in and factory replaceable on the Patriot. And, don't force anything through it. You don't really need to completely dismantle an airbrush to keep it clean. Just clean the parts that the paint touches. I don't like the commercial cleaning brushes. The bristles are too stiff. Fine interdental brushes from the drug store work better. You might want to have a look at this page. The Patriot is about the easiest internal mix airbrush to clean that there is. Don
  15. Airbrush advice

    I have the Master G-22. See my review here. Don