A bit of background on why tip-dry occurs and a couple of quick and simple techniques for overcoming it.
Any one who’s been airbrushing for longer than an hour knows what a pain in the butt tip dry can be!
For those of you who haven’t been airbrushing for long – tip dry is the process of small amounts of paint drying on the airbrush needle, lodging themselves between the tip and the needle, which in turn creates problems with the spray pattern and delivery of air!
This occurs with all paints, however the effects are worse using water based paints vs solvent based and different brands are affected differently to others also.
The easiest way to combat tip dry, is to physically pinch the paint off gently with your fingers tips. You’ll have to repeat this every 5 minutes or so depending on the temperature, humidity, air pressure and type of paint you’re using.
Recently however I was made aware of a couple of new actions which can be taken to combat tip dry:
1. Polishing your needle &
2. Using isopropyl alcohol and a couple of slightly modified toothbrushes to wipe away the tip dry.
The video at the top of the page briefly describes both methods, however to get a better idea why not provide links of the original videos?
Here is the video by Tee Bone explaining his method of cleaning tip dry in detail:
Here is a link to the original blog post by airbrushdoc.com regarding the polishing of airbrush needles including short falls, precautions and things to watch out for. It also has a helpful video demonstration:
That’s all there is to it! A couple of handy new ways to combatting tip dry!
So share it around if you think it’ll help people and good luck with the tip dry!