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FROM THE April 2010 ISSUE

Transferring spray-can paint into airbrush cups

RELATED TOPICS: PAINT | AIRBRUSH
Easy paint transfer
Those of us who transfer spray-can paint into airbrush cups are always looking for a way to transfer the color without making a big mess. Ed Maslin of Decatur, Alabama, has come up with an easy-to-make, scratchbuilt brass fitting that slips onto aerosol paint can nozzles and turns the paint-transfer process into a quick and easy task. Here’s how he did it:

“Here’s an easy, mess-free, cheap way to attach bent straws to spray can nozzles. I use 1⁄2” x .016” x 12” K&S strip stock brass (Part 60259) and 7⁄32” x .014” brass tube (K&S 1148) – available at most hobby stores.

Lay out the pattern and drill a 7⁄32” hole up 3⁄16” from the bottom edge. Cut out the pattern with snips, and clean up the edges with a small file.  Cut a 3⁄4” length of tubing, and bend a small flange on one end.  This can be down by twisting the end of a drill bit into the end of the tubing.  

Insert the tubing into the hole, and solder it into place.  Bend the sides of the tab around at a slight downward angle, test-fitting on a paint nozzle as you go along.  Attach a side straw onto the tubing with a piece of tap, clip the completed piece on the paint nozzle, and you’re ready to transfer paint into another container.

“This pattern fits Testor’s paint nozzles, but they can also be adjusted to fit other nozzles as well. Cleanup is quick and easy, too. Just spray some thinner through the nozzle when you’re cleaning your airbrush.

“An hour’s work and $2 in material yielded nine nozzles. I kept two and gave away the rest.”
 
Two of the nozzles Ed made found their way to the Tips & Tech Workshop, where they’ve already been put into service – and they work great!

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