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The Triple-Action Kit

 

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At every Airbrush Getaway Workshop, and almost everywhere I paint in front of other airbrush artists, they ask “where did you get that airbrush?” “What does it do?” These are artists that have been painting for years and have never seen this product or know what it does. So, here it is! Iwata’s Triple Action Handle allows for the easy and rapid removal of the needle. I have found this to be a huge time saver. Also, the crown cap can be screwed to the back of the airbrush so you don’t lose it. I modify my barrels with a laser engraver to personalize them, and press the crown cap into a dice so it’s easily found if dropped. Oh, and it looks cool.

STEP 1A, 1B, and 1C
To install, I first removed the barrel and needle chucking nut and needle.
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STEP 2
Next, I installed the new barrel I modified with a laser engraver.
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STEP 3A and 3B
I installed the new funneled chucking nut, tightened until snug, and loosened one -half turn to allow the needle to slide in easily.
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STEP 4A, 4B, 4C, and 4D
Then, I installed the needle knob. This is where most people run into a problem because the hole that the needle slides into is much deeper than it needs to be. The set screw, in my experience, should only bite the very end of the needle. If it’s installed too deep, you will experience constant paint flow when the trigger is depressed. To guage the proper depth of the needle, use a piece of ¼-inch masking tape, and lay it down adhesive side up. Then, line up the needle knob with the edge of the tape, position the needle to barely cover the rear portion of the set screw, and then fold over the tape. This prevents the needle knob from sliding past the correct point.
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STEP 5
Once the proper depth was established, I tightened the set screw. Then I inserted the needle knob chucking spring, which I believe gives a more balanced tension to the trigger.
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STEP 6A and 6B
A great advantage to the Triple Action Handle is that you no longer have to be careful or gentle inserting the needle. The funneled chucking nut allows you to insert the needle from many angles without incident. Simply apply slight pressure to the needle knob and turn the funneled needle chuck clockwise to lock the needle in place.
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STEP 7
To test, I usually add a little water into the airbrush color cup and depress the trigger for air only. If nothing sprays, the installation is complete and your gun should operate perfectly.
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Trouble shooting: On rare occasion, if you encounter a stubborn
airbrush that won’t seal properly, here’s the fix: Pictured is a stock (bottom) and modified needle knob. With a bench grinder, I removed approximately 0.080 material from the leading end of the needle knob where the chucking spring fits. I have installed close to a hundred Triple Action Kits and have only run into this problem a few times.

FINAL
Benefits to this kit:
Typically, I’ll remove the needle from my airbrush three to five times for cleaning. With a stock gun in skilled hands, this takes about ten to fifteen seconds to perform versus only three seconds with the Triple Action Kit. n If you paint five days a week, and you remove your needle four times a day, that’s one minute versus twelve seconds with a Triple Action handle. Note: This doesn’t include the time I spend crawling around the floor looking for my stock crown caps! n With a stock gun, you’ll spend roughly four hours and twenty minutes yearly removing and replacing your needle, compared to less than one hour with the Triple-Action handle. If your shop rate is $80 per hour, you saved roughly $280. Needless to say, this far offsets the $39 cost of the kit.

• If you paint five days a week, and you remove your needle four times a day, that’s one minute versus twelve seconds with a Triple Action handle. Note: This doesn’t include the time I spend crawling around the floor looking for my stock crown caps!

• With a stock gun, you’ll spend roughly four hours and twenty minutes yearly removing and replacing your needle, compared to less than one hour with the Triple-Action handle. If your shop rate is $80 per hour, you saved roughly $280. Needless to say, this far offsets the $39 cost of the kit.

Reprinted with permission of www.airbrushaction.com

 

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