Iwata Eclipse HP-G6 - Airbrush Guru

Iwata Eclipse HP-G6

Review and Opinions:
  • I’m a big fan of the entire Iwata G-series, to me they’re what Trigger Guns are actually supposed to be.
  • The HP-G6 in particular is a big airbrush.
  • The pointy needle lets you spray details.  You will have to practice to get down to  a .6mm wide line but it’s doable.
  • The Eclipse G6 does require more umph than most airbrush compressors can put out.  To get around this you can avoid using the fan pattern, or get a big compressor.
  • The G6 can also spray larger areas and, in conjunction with the fan pattern, provide excellent background coverage.
  • There’s a nice little hook on the top of the gun.  This is so you can hang it from a conveniently located bolt, screw, or rod.

Iwata Eclipse HP-G6

Features

  • Stainless steel paint passage
  • Pre-set Fluid Adjustment Knob
  • Built-in Pressure Regulator
  • Adjustable Fan Pattern
  • Cartridge Style Air Valve Set
  • Siphon Feed Bottle AdapterThis adapter lets you use any siphon feed bottles with the HP-G6.  You should avoid the fast-blast bottles though.  The angle on the adapter will shave away the plastic until the bottle nipple can’t fit snugly into the adapter anymore.
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Iwata-Medea Eclipse HP G6 Pistol Grip Airbrush Gun / Side Feed
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Matching Rules

  1. Someone who wants an airbrush in a spray gun format.
  2. Need for decent coverage
  3. Need for decent detail ability

Information

Classification: Airbrush Gun
Manufacturer: Iwata
Model: HP-G6
Part Number: ECL 9000
Suggested Retail Price: $463.25 USD

Specifications

Paint feed System: Gravity Feed
Trigger Style: Fixed Double Action
Spray Type: Internal Mix
Spray Range: ~0.6 mm to
~3 inches
Cup Size: Varies
Air Consumption:  .75 to 1.3 cfm
Pressure Tolerance: < 100 psi
Standard Tip Size: 0.6 mm
Optional Tip Size: 0.3 mm
0.5 mm

Useful Accessories

  • A bolt screwed into the wall to hang the HP-G6 from or a stand to hold the airbrush gun while you’re not working
  • Various side feed gravity cups

Links

Cleaning Guide Links

Outstanding/Common Problems

  • Tip Dry

    Every airbrush with a long, pointy needle gets tip-dry.  It’s kind’ve a fact of life.  The G6 lets you use the Unapproved Tip Dry Removal Method very, very easily.

  • Clogs

    Unfortunately, every airbrush or spray gun still clogs.  The blunt needle eliminates a good deal of that clogging, but the nozzle size is still small.  If you run into problems run through the cleaning guides.

  • Bent Needles

    This is actually more of a problem with the Eclipse G6 than most other airbrushes.  This is because the needle’s tip is completely exposed.  The horns on the air cap provide some protection, but not much.  So you do need to be careful.

  • Pricking yourself, or clients

    This is the opposite of the bent needle.  Hurting yourself or someone you’re spraying because of the exposed needle tip.

    I’d suggest that you don’t try and spray details on a person using the HP-G6, simply because scratching someone (especially a client) is a big no no.  Better to have a little airbrush for details than risk the scratches.