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Anybody got a SharpenAir?

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Wiping off the needle after a lacquer session, it flew from my hand, cartwheeling into space...

 

With a sickening "ThoK!" my needle embedded itself into the pine boards at the base of my airbrushing table.

 

Removing the needle from it's temporary residence, I discovered a bend in the tip.

 

SharpenAir looks like it might do the trick.  Anyone know for sure?

 

Gaz

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I damaged a .2 mm Harder and Steenbeck needle in exactly the same manner.  I was able to restore it with a whetstone and sand paper.

The SharpenAir device looks pretty neat and appears to perform as claimed.  Here is one review which demonstrates the item in action Sharpen Air.  

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I have a sharpenair and I used it on a grex .3 needle with a bent tip. After the repair,  It looks good under magnification, and I can not longer feel the irregularity with my finger.  I have yet to use the needle, so I can not say how well it works.

I also used it on a totally trashed badger 150 needle which was in a trashed 150 I got on ebay. I am not sure what happened to this needle, it looks like someone tried to clean it with  a large file. The tip was nearly blunt. I did manage to bring it back and it looks like it may be usable.

I figure it will pay for itself after saving two grex needles.

 

 

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Thank you for the replies!

 

I just received my Sharpenair 1/2 hour ago, and now my needle is straight and clean again. 

 

I used a file and sandpaper on my first bent needle, but I don't think that airbrush ever painted as well again.  It was fine for area painting, but I could never once again get a fine line.

 

Tested my newly cleaned needle because I needed to practice on mottle on my 1/48 painting hack...  Anyway, nice fine lines.  Very happy that I have one.

 

Gaz

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Gaz

Food for thought and will look into one. The few times I’ve bent the tip of the needle over the years, I’ve just bit the bullet and bought a new needle and tip as over time the tips opening gets wider and wider from the needle being pushed in place a bit too far.

Peter

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Interesting tool. Seems like a good investment.

 

Just wondering whether one of those set will work with the needles of my airbrushes (HP-C plus, HP-CH, CM-C2 plus et al).

The HP-C plus/HP-CH needles for instance have a distinct double cut at the tip.

Edited by Ivan Ivanovich

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7 hours ago, Peterpools said:

Gaz

How about a quick turorial?

Peter

Peter,

   I used this tutorial from Youtube:

 

He doesn't say anything useful until 3:20 when he bends his needle and then again at 4:50 when he starts to use the tool.

 

I also didn't do the bit at the end with the drill.  It just seemed too fraught with potential dangers.

 

Gaz

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Thanks Gaz

Just finished watching Bobby's How To video and then found it for sale here in the US for $45. Looks interesting but also seems like a lot of work. When Bobby was finished and did a close up of the needle tip, it still was bent a tiny bit.

It seems to be more of an insurance backup when a needle gets bent and there is no backup.

Peter

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42 minutes ago, Gazzas said:

 

He doesn't say anything useful until 3:20 when he bends his needle and then again at 4:50 when he starts to use the tool.

 

Sounds like a typical smoke-screen type of sales pitch to cover up the fact that it doesn't really do anything you can't do on your own.

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