I know I did a post on “How to Clean an Airbrush Gun” already but, this one is different. I have always cleaned my airbrush gun with water after I use it until now. I have been conducting a little experiment on this week on cleaning an airbrush gun with vodka after each time it is used.
Supplies for Cleaning an Airbrush Gun with Vodka:
I used Wendy (my airbrush gun) today to make some cookies and I cleaned it with some water. I followed my tutorial here step by step for a good wash. I have noticed lately that my brush is spraying a little bit differently than it did when I first bought it. I use it a lot and want to keep it in tip top shape. It is spraying fine but, the mist has seemed to change slightly.
I purge it every time I use it and I have only curdled it once because a little sheen dried in it. Click here to learn about purging and curdling. I have not been using sheen colors so I know it is alright since it is spraying. It just seemed a little off so I decided to try an experiment.
Well, today I added some vodka and sprayed it into a different white bowl and I was amazed at what I saw.
Green tinted water which makes sense because I had just used green in my airbrush gun. I don’t know for sure but, I don’t think this amount would destroy my machine. I just don’t think it is good for it and it may explain why it was spraying a bit funny. I have used my airbrush gun four times in the last week and every time it was cleaned with water, it sprayed clear. After the vodka was added and sprayed, colored water came out.
So my new policy is to purge with water after I use my machine. Then, use a little vodka to remove all the color I can’t see. Cleaning an airbrush with vodka is a simple way to maintain your machine and now it is the final step I take after each use.