Although the SharpenAir is quick and easy to use it is helpful to read our instructions before your first use to ensure proper sharpening of your airbrush fluid needle.
SharpenAir contains four sharpening stones in its main compartment area where the logo is embossed. There are four "slots" or "channels" which run from the base of the sharpener vertically to the end of the sharpener.
Working your needle from right to left:
Step 1: Place the needle in the slot (far right) allowing the needle to reach the end of the slot. With minimal pressure begin rotating the needle in a clockwise direction; about 10-15 revolutions. Pull the needle out and check the tip. You may need to repeat this step a few times to achieve the desired straightness and/or until the burr is removed.
Step 2: This slot is at less of an angle than Step 1 and uses a less aggressive stone. Using the same amount of revolutions as step 1 (10-15), this step eases the angle even further in order to reach stock angle. This process will also help in removing some of the step one sand scratches. Step 3 and Step 4 are designed utilizing the same angle.
Step 3: contains a sanding stone consisting of a lower grit to quickly reshape the entire cone if needed. This step is optional. Smaller repairs may be completed at Step 2, however, a more damaged needle may utilize all steps in order to be completely sharpened.
Step 4: contains a higher grit sharpening stone and will further sand out the scratches from Step 3.
- If you have any further questions on how to operate your SharpenAir please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help!
This little gadget is a marvel. I didn't even realize how bad my needles were until i put them through the SharpenAir and now it's the difference between night and day with the performance. I was also pleasantly surprised at how fast it arrived, within 3 days.
I wish I would have bought this years ago. There is nothing more frustrating than damaging a needle halfway through a project. Considering that new needles are 35 dollars this an economical alternative to buying a new needle every time you get to close or accidently drop your airbrush. If you have a drawer full of needles you have tried to salvage using pliers and honing stones, you can now fix them properly. I was surprised how well it restored the bent tip of my CM-SB. The needle still required a final polish to reduce tip dry, but this step is easy if you have adapted your electric erasure to hold a needle and have some 2000- 5000 grit wet dry sand paper.
Delivery was very quick! Product works great