Tool Review
Airbrush Cleaner
Medea Airbrush Cleaner
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Medea Airbrush Cleaner is a product for cleaning acrylic paint from your airbrush. Medea is marketed in partnership with Iwata.
    Medea Airbrush Cleaner is a high strength cleaner for acrylics, water-based products, gouache, inks or dyes. It is ready to use and environmentally safe. -

From the web page:

    Cleans airbrushes and synthetic or natural-haired paintbrushes.

    Spray through the airbrush between colours and at the end of the day, then rinse through with water.

    Soak parts in the cleaner for an hour or overnight to remove build up of paint.

    Use in ultrasonic cleaners.

You can look at the photos to see what the bottle is like. advertises 3 bottle sizes.

My Experience sent this cleaner and I have used it many times in my airbrush. I have used it with the following acrylics;
    Darkstar Miniatures' Molten Metals
    Polly Scale

Medea Airbrush Cleaner cut right through it and left my paint reservoir and spray tip clean. What more can I ask?

While this cleaner is advertised as environmentally safe, I do notice that where it came into contact with my skin, that my skin feels dry even 24 hours later. I suggest using eye and breathing protection.

Medea Airbrush Cleaner works and works well. I have not complaints about it, intend to clean my airbrushes with it and recommend it.
Highs: It works and works well.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: I have not complaints about it, intend to clean my airbrushes with it and recommend it.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: I-6500-08
  Suggested Retail: $7.80, £6.20 inc.VAT
  PUBLISHED: Jan 29, 2017

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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I really like this product and buy the big bottles of it. The only thing I will say is wear a mask when spraying it through an airbrush as it does irritate my airways.
JAN 31, 2017 - 12:39 AM
My mask (a respirator) goes on before I turn on the spray booth or compressor, and before spraying anything. ... Guess I'm just a safety nut! ... 📴 ómike
JAN 31, 2017 - 02:21 AM
Always safety first. I also use just plain water with some dawn liquid dish soap.
JAN 31, 2017 - 04:10 AM
How much better does this work than lacquer thinner(my go to)?
FEB 05, 2017 - 08:58 AM
Medea is the only cleaner I use. Works perfectly, without a bunch of hype.
FEB 05, 2017 - 09:50 AM
For acrylics, Medea is the best, and a little more environment friendlier then lacquer thinner.
FEB 05, 2017 - 05:15 PM
It's best to get as much paint out of the Airbrush first with water or thinner then use the cleaner. I strip down the airbrush every time I use it, if you don't you may think your getting all the paint out your not. you can say a clean airbrush is a happy airbrush. If you take care of it, it will take care of you. I don't like to use lacquer thinner in my airbrush to much it can attack the o rings and stuffing. besides there is no standard for what goes into lacquer thinner. you have no idea what your breathing.
FEB 06, 2017 - 04:17 AM
That's why I wear a respirator. I can't comment on "environmentally friendly", but I can verify that my spray booth captures the excess.
FEB 07, 2017 - 04:35 AM
yes but does your booth vent to the out side?
FEB 07, 2017 - 08:20 AM

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