I started, with a double action, siphon fed ab from Harbor Freight. It was a disaster. I moved on to Iwata(very nice). However, I would recommend the Badger Renegade Krome series. It's a dream to use and, with proper set-up can spray a hairline fine. I currently have two of these and all parts, in the series are interchangeable. To clean my brush, I break it down and place all, but the air valve assembly in a jar of lacquer thinner. This is set on my uc and let run for 5-10 minutes. Clean up, between colors is a quick shot of Windex or lacquer thinner. Wipe it out and run a reaming needle, through it a few times. There is not any soft metal visible, so you don't have to worry about etching. I have used the Sotar 2020, as well. It is very simple and allows for a range of spray patterns. With proper care and maintenance, these airbrushes should last forever.