SharpenAir™ is the first and only hand-held device that is specifically designed for repairing bent and damaged airbrush fluid needles. The concept and design was created by Chad Elliot especially for the airbrushing community.
As the saying goes, “Necessity is the Mother of invention.” Chad Elliott, an accomplished airbrush artist and entrepreneur, was frustrated with delayed and stalled projects due to bent airbrush needles; “When you are down to your last needle towards the end of a project in the late hours of the night that is not when you want to be stuck with a ruined airbrush needle.”
SharpenAir™ works by utilizing multiple angles allowing your damaged needle to be straightened efficiently and with precision each and every time while maintaining its factory angle. There are four channels they are uniquely angled to do the work for you. The sharpener stones are made up of varying grit and work together to provide you with a consistently perfect finish.
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Simply the best modification you can make to your Iwata airbrush.
Stock air valve springs have too much tension. Replacing the original spring with a new BLAIR SoftSpring will make it much easier to control, as well as reduce finger fatigue.
We are the original SoftSpring manufacturers, and the only source that replicates the exact tolerances of Dru Blair's original personally customized Iwata CM-SB, which he began developing in the 1980's.
The BLAIR SoftSpring, air valve replacement spring, for Iwata airbrushes was designed for the Iwata Custom Micron B/SB models. Since its development it has proven effective in virtually all models of Iwata airbrushes.
The BLAIR SoftSpring makes the downward pressure on your airbrush trigger (Main Lever) nearly effortless. This is good news because it reduces tension and fatigue that so often limits the artist’s control of the airbrush, especially when attempting fine details. When coupled with a side feed airbrush such as the Iwata CM-SB your BLAIR SoftSpring will facilitate the hand position that Dru Blair uses and recommends for the highest level of airbrush control.
Airbrush Super Lube (the blue stuff, in a tube, that sometimes comes with new airbrushes) Dru Blair Recommends that this should be avoided. Use of this product often leaves a sticky residue. If used around the trigger pin/air valve you may have to replace the o-ring
While the original air valve spring may exert enough force to compensate and push through the gumminess your new SoftSpring is not designed to work under such conditions. The extra force this would require would negate the whole idea of lessening the spring tension in the first place.
A symptom of this build up is that it may create enough additional friction as to prevent the trigger from returning to the air off position once your new SoftSpring is installed. We have found cleaning the O-ring to offer only temporary relief sometimes days other times only minutes. Replacement of the O-ring is the only way to eliminate the buildup.
Learning to be your own airbrush technician is a natural part of being an airbrush artist. It satisfies the urge to master your craft in its entirety and ultimately leads to a higher level of satisfaction in using airbrushes. Years in the making. The new Iwata Professional Maintenance Tools are a no-brainer for airbrush artists, this tool kit is a solid choice for the airbrush users who want to take their airbrush game to the next level
The kit comes with:
All of the items fit securely in customized soft-sided zippered case, the case also was designed to carry up to three airbrushes. An inner, zipper pouch is ideal for containing small replacement parts.
"These must-have items make every cleaning and maintenance task easier and mastering this part of the process ultimately allows you more time for painting." - Kirk Lybecker