The life of my Badger airbrush is officially over. Yup. In its death, I think I figured out the underlying reason to all of my issues that I was experiencing. While I was applying the Euro I Gray to the A-10, I was having mega issues with air pressure. Literally, one second it would spray just fine and three seconds later there would be zero paint flowing through. Going back and forth adjusting pressure and paint consistency, my problem presented itself.
Upon removing the paint jar to add some more reducer, the port snapped off the housing. My theory is that through general wear and tear of inserting and removing the paint jars over the years, a crack developed. It’s been heavily relied upon for the past seven years so it did have a good and justified life. The crack would definitely explain the issues that I have been experiencing as well. Loss of air through the fracture would result in the spattering I was getting.
So as of now I have a loaner airbrush from my Dad. The A-10 will get stage one of painting finished so I can start decals and weathering. By then I should have my new airbrush to use on stage two. My mind is made up on the Aztek from Testors so some price comparing is in order over the next few hours.