Airbrush Nightmare!

Decorating By littlecake Updated 14 Apr 2009 , 3:07am by bisbqueenb

littlecake Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 6:49pm
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day before easter and the airbrush poops out on me with a sho full of orders...and i use the airbrush a lot!

i could kinda get it to work by manually pulling the needle and holding my thumb on the bowl...to get pressure...it was bubbling up.

STRESSSSSSS

anyhoo...i'm almost thru the nigtmare day, and am looking to place an airbrush order....

what do ya'll like?

i guess i shouldn't complain...i got hard use outta the one that broke today for 5 years.

TIA

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bisbqueenb Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 7:44pm
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I have ya beat! Mine is close to 35 years old, and still 'sprayin' like new! You might need to replace a washer or a spring....they do sell the parts individually. I have replaced a couple needles and the 'nose cap' thing on the end! Doesn't like being dropped on cement gets all bent out of shape and them sprays wonkie! Always have a few spare parts on hand as I can't run to any cake stores or hobby shops in my area!

littlecake Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 8:28pm
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yeah, the needle has a little "crook" on the end...and the trigger fell off...i might try to take it apart since the orders are all done.

your kitty cake rocks!!!!

i need to learn more about airbrushing...can you recomend any books or websites, you really do a great job with it.

the one i got is from decopac, i was thinking of upgrading, and maybe using the old one for metallics.

hey...i wish you would pt up more pics...i would LOVE looking at more of your work!

bisbqueenb Posted 14 Apr 2009 , 3:07am
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Here is a link to a graphic showing the parts of an airbrush....pretty standard with the different brand names. http://kopykake.com/ac_airbrush_parts.html

When I take mine apart I lay the pieces down in order that I take it apart...so i can get it back together! having a picture will help you do maintenance on yours. To 'fix' the little crook on the needle...take it out and 'reshape' the point on something firm...like a counter top...something smooth. The metal is so thin at the end you sometimes and work it straight again easily. A bent tip or needle is the the cause of most airbrush problems...so a spare one is a good thing to have.

http://www.howtoairbrush.com/ This site isn't specific to cakes but will be a good starting point with directions/tips for general airbrushing. I was fortunate to take a class with Frances Kuyper YEARS ago..... http://www.thecakeladyonline.com/ I use my brush on just about every cake I make so having it 'working' is a must!

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