IntroductionSharpenAir airbrush needle repair tool
is an innovative simple tool created by SharpenAir
. Designed by an airbrush artist, this tool is marketed as suitable to maintain all airbrush brands excerpt Paasche and DeVilbiss Dagr airbrush brands.
If you have been airbrushing for long, it is almost inevitable that you will damage one or both of the two essential components of an airbrush - the needle, which in turn will damage the tip. SharpenAir
is designed to revive your needle and thus save you money and time.
The part numbers for the products are
SHA-NR SharpenAir Needle Repair System (Original)
SHA-NR-PINK SharpenAir Needle Repair System (Pink)
SHA-NR-LG SharpenAir Needle Repair System (Paasche)
SHA-NR-P3000 SharpenAir 3000 Grit Polishing Pads (x2)
SHA-NR-S600 600 Grit Stone for SharpenAir system
SHA-NR-S1200 1200 Grit Stone for SharpenAir system
fits easily into one's hand. It is molded in high-impact black plastic (a pink version is available, too) with a pebbled texture. Three screws hold it together. The extended bill containing a quartet of needle maintenance ports looks warped but is not. That is the tiered design of the tool.
Inside the tool are honing stones of 600 and 1200 diamond dust grit. These are positioned to both straighten and clean the needle. The screws allow you to replace them or reposition them, as needed.
The set includes a 3000 Grit Polishing Pad.
While none are directly provided with the tool nor presented on the carton by SharpenAir
, distributor Airbrushes.com
have created a professional four-page full-color A4 format instruction booklet, which they provide with the tool. Otherwise the tool arrived with a sticker on it with the web address to SharpenAir
for an instructional video. The video is less than two minutes long.
Use is very simple. Most needles need only the first two holes unless the needle is badly damaged. Then the other two slots are used.
Simply insert the needle and give it 10-15 twists per hole.
fit comfortably in my hand. To use it, simply select your damaged needle. I revived my c.1977 Badger 200 by using the SharpenAir
per the company web tutorial. It worked very well. My needle looks straight and clean.
is an interesting and useful tool. It looks good and I found it to be very easy and effective to use.
While there are no markings on the standard SharpenAir
box or that tool which indicates whether it is the general purpose model, the boxes and tools are marked for the unique Paasche or DeVilbiss Dagr airbrush brands. Thanks to Lisa at Airbrushes.com
and her excellent instruction sheet, people who lack an internet connection for whatever reason do have instructions for use; use of the tool is simple and intuitive.
There are two types of airbrushers - those who have damaged a needle, and those who will. This tool can save airbrushers time and expense in getting their paint spraying again. Recommended.