Thank you for all the replies to this topic! There has been quite a
few different methods suggested for cleaning my torch - I think I
will start by trying soaking my handpiece in alcohol and blowing
compressed air through the hose… and then move on and try some
more of the methods suggested if that doesn’t do the trick.
I do have one more question though - it has occurred to me that the
advice I get from my supplier must be motivated by their potential
for immediate profit rather than their potential to make a customer
happy and get the returns later by keeping the customer. This
thought came to me when I received so many responses as to how I
might try to clean my torch handpiece and hose here, when my
supplier’s only advice was to buy a new one. Anyway, my supplier’s
advice to my torch tips blocking up was the same - that they must be
replaced - they told me why and it seemed logical at the time…
now I wonder though - and I just want to check in case I am being
taken for a ride. The torch tips I use have very small holes - too
small to use a pick… I am wondering now though if blockages could
be removed by blowing filtered compressed air through from the front
or by soaking in alcohol or something.
I’ve had a look online to try to find a picture of the tips and I
found this page - the tips that have “ultra pinpoint” “pinpoint” and
"medium flame" under them are the ones I use.
Thanks again everyone,