BARTSHARP Airbrush

Airbrushes

Airbrushes are available in a variety of different models, all of which can be quite daunting when you are starting out.
The below guide will help you understand which airbrush is best suited for your intended use.
It is also worth reading "Airbrushes And Associated Terminology Explained" which will help you to understand the common words and phrases used to describe airbrushes.


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Illustration And Fine Art

Hobbies-Wargaming-Figure Painting-Scale Models

Fishing Lures

Make Up

Cake Decoration

Custom Automotive - Motorbike Tank And Helmet

Spray Tanning

Body Painting

Illustration and Fine Art

Artists needing to achieve fine grain detail or who work on projects with a small surface area
generally use airbrushes which are dual action / double action coupled with fine needles and nozzles.

BARTSHARP Airbrush® offers a number of airbrushes which are highly suited to create illustration work and fine art:

All of the above airbrushes are dual action and can be fitted with a 0.2mm needle and nozzle which allow
for the creation of work incorporating fine lines and great detail.

Please view our "Customer’s Gallery" to see the exceptional work created using the above airbrushes.


The portrait of the lady is "Luisa" created by Alex Fort
"Luisa" was short listed for The Royal Institute Of Painters In Watercolour exhibition at the Mall Gallery in London.

Alex Fort has built a successful career in the film and TV industry as a concept artist and matte painter.
His credits include Game of Thrones, Maleficent and Sinbad.
He has also worked on many BBC productions, notably Dr Who, Sherlock and Merlin.

Alex's review of the 180 Airbrush:

"I really like this airbrush, and recently used it to complete a watercolour for a well known competition.
After buying the 180 airbrush I thought I had better try the 130.
I use watercolour and acrylic, and at this price, it's worth buying two!
I have no problem using the needle adjusting screw with the 180 - and find it's indispensable to achieve a constant fine line.
Will probably end up getting another 180.....I prefer this to my Iwata and Paasche!"

 


Breaking Bad was created by our friend Les at JPfx.co.uk using
BARTSHARP 180 Airbrush and Iwata Micron.

Les' review of these airbrushes:

"I used the 180 for most of this painting but not all as I use my Iwata Micron for the very fine work.
The 180 is capable of fine detail and is a great all rounder, but the Micron is many times the price and is arguably the best you can buy so it's better for the super fine stuff.
I have other Iwata and Badger airbrushes and its testament to the quality of the 180 that it not only competes with these brands but, in some circumstances, beats them.
You are always welcome to use any of my footage and I always use the 180 at some point in all my airbrush stuff.
Les JPfx"

 

Many of our Iwata Airbrushes have been specifically designed with the illustration artist in mind.
These airbrushes include:

The above Iwata Airbrushes are dual action and presented with an Iwata backed Ten Year Warranty.

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Hobbies - Wargaming, Figure Painting and Scale Models

A single action airbrush is most suited for the application of paint to larger areas or the application of base coats.

The BARTSHARP Airbrush 115 is of a pistol grip design and comes with a 20cc gravity feed plastic paint cup.
It can also be fitted with a larger 75cc paint cup.
The fitted 0.5mm needle and nozzle combination makes it ideal for applications such as:
scenery painting, larger model base coat painting, spray tanning and cake decoration.

A dual action gravity feed airbrush is most suited for the application of paint to smaller areas and the achievement of finer detail.

For Wargaming, Figure Painting and Scale Models we would recommend:

The above airbrushes are dual action and can be fitted with a 0.2mm needle and nozzle which allow
for the creation of work incorporating fine lines and great detail.

Below are just some of the exceptional examples of art created by our customers using the above airbrushes.

Please view our "Customer's Gallery" to see more

Airfix 148 English Electric Lightening Chrisandalexmodelling Using Bartsharp 130, 134 and 180 Airbrush

The BARTSHARP 130, 134 & 180 Airbrushes have been put thoroughly tested by
Chris and Alex from
"ChrisandAlexModeling"

Chris and Alex are extremely skilled and produce outstanding scale models using BARTSHARP Airbrushes.
Take a look at some of their videos which offer fantastic advice and fully endorse the BARTSHARP range of airbrushes.


Fishing Lures

Hand crafted fishing lures require the need for the laying down of both base and top coat and also the application of fine detail.

BARTSHARP Airbrush 133

BARTSHARP Airbrush 133 Siphon FeedA dual action side feed airbrush offering options for both gravity feed and siphon feed through the, included,
7cc gravity side feed metal paint cup and the 22cc side feed siphon feed paint jar.
The airbrush is fitted with a 0.3mm needle and nozzle, however, alternative 0.2mm and 0.5mm needle and nozzle sets are available.

The advantages of the 134 airbrush are that it can be used for wider spray top / base coat applications,
with the use of a 0.5mm needle and nozzle set, and for fine detail using the 0.2mm needle and nozzle set.

The 134 comes with a siphon feed side feed paint jar which can hold 22cc of paint –
ideal for larger application of base / top coat paint / varnish.

BARTSHARP also stock spare side feed jars and glass storage jars.
The jar lids are full interchangeable which means that a stored paint jar can be quickly fitted to the airbrush between colour changes.

BARTSHARP Airbrush 130

BARTSHARP Airbrush 130 Dual Action Gravity Feed

The 130 dual action gravity feed airbrush is the workhorse of the BARTSHARP Airbrush range.
It comes fitted with a 0.3mm needle and nozzle for general spraying, however, 0.2mm and 0.5mm
needle and nozzle sets can also be fitted.

BARTSHARP Airbrush 180

 

BARTSHARP Airbrush 180S Dual Action Gravity Feed Airbrush Kit

For ultimate precision and control select the 180 dual action airbrush
which has a 9cc paint cup and a micro air control valve.
The micro air control valve enables the user to create paint effects such as stippling.
The 180 airbrush is supplied with a 0.2mm needle but can also be fitted with a 0.3mm and 0.5mm needle and nozzle set.

We are proud to say that Mark Houghton of

"MARK HOUGHTON CUSTOM LURES"

Uses the BARTSHARP range of airbrushes to create his incredible hand crafted fishing lures.

"I use the 180, 134 and 134 airbrushes in every spray session,
pretty much everything posted on my page has been done with them"

"The 180 just keeps going and going flawlessly"

Mark Houghton Custom Lures Using BARTSHARP Airbrush

Please view our
"Customer’s Gallery"
to see Mark Houghton's exceptional work created using the above airbrushes.

The above airbrushes are dual action and can be fitted with a 0.2mm needle and nozzle which allow
for the creation of work incorporating fine lines and great detail.

Below are just some of the exceptional examples of art created by our customers using the above airbrushes.

Please view our "Customer's Gallery" to see more


Make Up

To effectively airbrush make up it should be suitably thinned using a product as recommended by the make up manufacturer.
Make up tends to be of a thicker consistency than paints often used in airbrushes.
The use of a larger needle and nozzle will assist the make up to flow without causing clogging.
A needle size of 0.5mm is recommended.

We are delighted to say that our BATSHARP 130 Airbrush has be used by Award Winning Make Up Artist

Chloe Coleman

Chloe creates flawless work ranging from the classic to the more creative.

Chloe Coleman Award Wining Makeup Artist
Chloe Coleman Using BARTSHARP 130 Airbrush

"The 130 series airbrush gun is a fantastic tool for airbrushing silicone based and water based make-up
I used it recently to create a very different make-up look for a competition in which I entered in London,
where part of the look was to airbrush one side of the face.

The part of the tool which I particularly liked was the large colour cup/well in which you put the make-up into.
My other airbrushes have much smaller wells, so this was particularly helpful in mixing colours and the volume in which you can put in,
which ultimately saved me time when competing since I wasn't having to pour more products in every so often.

To achieve the more detailed fine work and finer lines, I removed the needle cover and achieved great results.
The airbrush itself is very lightweight and easy to use with a comfortable trigger to pull back and atomise the colour.

I would highly recommend this airbrush gun to other artists, it's a staple part of my kit and it is so quick and easy to use,
not forgetting its fantastic professional results."

We recommend the below airbrushes.
They are dual action giving you even greater control over the application of your make up.

BARTSHARP Airbrush 130 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 130 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 135 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 135 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 201 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 201 Dual Action Gravity Feed

Our Mini Airbrush Compressor Set provides an all in one solution for the accurate application of your make up.
The set includes a discrete mini air compressor, airbrush holder, air hose and BARTSHARP 130 Airbrush.

The mini airbrush compressor has three power level settings with a maximum power level of 15psi
giving you fantastic control and flawless application.
It is also of an "oil-less" design which means that there is no requirement for oil to lubricate the piston
which can cause irritation to your skin and for your make up not atomise and apply correctly.

Your BARTSHARP 130 Airbrush is dual control (press down on trigger for air and pull back for release of make up)
which provides incredible control and accuracy.
The airbrush also has a needle adjust screw at the rear, which allows you to set how far back the needle will move, giving you even greater controland the ability to effortlessly create consistent lines and spray width leading to a flawless finish.

The Mini Airbrush Compressor Set is ideal for personal and home use. Please click on the images below to be taken to the product page.

Mini Airbrush Compressor
Mini Airbrush Compressor Chocolate
Mini Airbrush Compressor
Mini Airbrush Compressor Green
Mini Airbrush Compressor Red

If your makeup requirements exceed home or personal use we would recommend a more powerful compressor unit:
the TC802 compressor is small, quiet and powerful and more suited to a higher level of use with even greater control.

Again, it is an “oil less” compressor which ensures that your makeup and skin will not be contaminated by lubricating oils.
The TC802 compressor comes with an air pressure regulator / air filter which allows you to accurately set your air pressure to an exact psi.

It has a quiet operating level (less than 49db) and a powerful 1/5th horse power electric motor. Similar compressors only have a 1/6th horse power motor.
This makes it ideal for the application of mediums which require more air pressure such as nail paint, face paint, temporary tattoos and body spray tan.

Please click on one of the images below to be taken to the product page and full description.

Mini Airbrush Compressors For Airbrush With Compressor Airbrush Compressor Set
BARTSHARP Airbrush 130 Dual Action Gravity Feed With TC802 Airbrush Compressor
Mini Airbrush Compressors For Airbrush With Compressor Airbrush Compressor Set
BARTSHARP Airbrush 130 & 133 Dual Action Gravity / Siphon Feed With TC802 Airbrush Compressor

Cake Decoration

Decorating a cake with an airbrush can be really simple and effective once you understand the basic controls and techniques.

Dual action airbrushes give you the ability to have greater control over the airbrush.
Dual action simply means: push down on the trigger for air and pull back on the trigger for paint release.
These controls are variable so the further you push down the more air will be released and the further you pull back the more paint will be released.

Many of the general spray colours and lustre colours now come premixed and are ready to use straight from the bottle
so it's simply a case of placing a few drops of colour in the airbrush paint cup and then spraying the colour on to the cake icing or stencil.
The closer the airbrush, the finer the line.
The further away, the wider the spray.

For general food colour spraying we would recommend an airbrush fitted with a 0.3 or 0.5mm needle and nozzle
as these sizes will allow for good flow and spraying quality.

For slightly thicker mediums we would recommend an airbrush fitted with a 0.8mm needle and nozzle as it will not become so easily clogged.

There really is a great variety of airbrushes styles available, it's just a matter of knowing which one suits your needs best.

It will help for you to understand some of the common phrases used to describe airbrushes...

Gravity Feed

Paint cup or jar is on top of the airbrush or enters the airbrush via a side feed.
Paint is fed to the needle by gravity.

Siphon Feed

Paint cup or jar is situated under the airbrush or enters via a side feed.
Paint is fed to the needle by a venturi effect.

Side Feed

Paint cup or jar enters the side of the airbrush.
This can be gravity or siphon feed.

All of the below airbrushes can be fitted with 0.2, 0.3 & 0.5mm needle and nozzle sets

BARTSHARP Airbrush 130 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 130 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 131 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 131 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 133 Siphon Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 133 Dual Action Siphon Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 180S Dual Action Gravity Feed Airbrush Kit
BARTSHARP Airbrush 180 Dual Action Gravity Feed

For artists wishing to decorate their cakes using thicker mediums, such as sugar icing,
you will require an airbrush which can be fitted with a larger needle and nozzle set.
The below airbrushes can be fitted with 0.2, 0.3, 0.5 and 0.8mm needle and nozzle sets.

BARTSHARP Airbrush 116B Pistol Grip
BARTSHARP Airbrush 116B Single Variable Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 183 Dual Action Gravity Feed 0.3, 0.5, 0.8mm
BARTSHARP Airbrush 183 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 186 Dual Action Gravity Feed Airbrush
BARTSHARP Airbrush 186 Dual Action Gravity Feed

Our Mini Airbrush Compressor Set provides an all in one solution for the accurate decoration of your cake
be it free hand or with the use of stencils.

The set includes a discrete mini air compressor, airbrush holder, air hose and BARTSHARP 130 Airbrush.

The mini airbrush compressor has three power level settings with a maximum power level of 15psi
giving you fantastic control and flawless application.

It is also of an "oil-less" design which means that there is no requirement for oil to lubricate the piston
which will cause contamination of your medium and make it unsafe to consume.

We strongly recommend that you thoroughly clean your airbrush prior to initial use and also after every spraying session.

Your BARTSHARP 130 Airbrush is dual control (press down on trigger for air and pull back for release of colouring agent)
which provides incredible control and accuracy.

The airbrush also has a needle adjust screw at the rear, which allows you to set how far back the needle will move,
gives you even greater control and the ability to effortlessly create consistent lines and spray width leading to a professional finish.

The Mini Airbrush Compressor Set is ideal for personal and home use and are available in three colours.

Please click on one of the images below to be taken to the product page.

Mini Airbrush Compressor
Mini Airbrush Compressor Chocolate
Mini Airbrush Compressor
Mini Airbrush Compressor Green
Mini Airbrush Compressor Red

If your cake decoration requirements exceed occasional hobby use we would recommend a more powerful compressor unit:

The TC802 compressor is small, quiet and powerful and more suited to a higher level of use with even greater control.

Again, it is an “oil less” compressor which ensures that your food source will not be contaminated by lubricating oils.

The TC802 compressor comes with an air pressure regulator / air filter which allows you to accurately set your air pressure to an exact psi.

It has a quiet operating level (less than 49db) and a powerful 1/5th horse power electric motor.
Similar compressors only have a 1/6th horse power motor.
This makes it ideal for the application of mediums which require more air pressure such sugar icing or other similar thicker mediums.

Please click in one of the image titles below to be taken to the product page and full description.

Mini Airbrush Compressors For Airbrush With Compressor Airbrush Compressor Set
BARTSHARP Airbrush Compressor TC802
Mini Airbrush Compressors For Airbrush With Compressor Airbrush Compressor Set
TC 802 Airbrush Compressor & BARTSHARP Airbrush 130
Mini Airbrush Compressors For Airbrush With Compressor Airbrush Compressor Set
TC 802 Airbrush Compressor With BARTSHARP Airbrush 130 & 133

Please have a look at our "Customer's Gallery" to see some of the fantastic art work created using airbrushing product supplied by BARTSHARP Airbrush.

Below are just some of the examples of the excellent work produced by OGGY'S Cakes using the BARTSHARP 180 Airbrush


Custom Automotive And Motorbike Tank And Helmet

Without doubt the cream of the crop for airbrushes used with automotive paints is the Iwata Kustom range.
The Kustom Airbrush range has been specifically designed and developed for the custom paint artist.

The Iwata Kustom CS is a dual action, gravity feed airbrush fitted with a 0.35mm needle and extra large 14cc paint cup.
The Iwata Kustom is the workhorse of the Kustom line up providing fine line control but also able to provide wide background sprays.

BARTSHARP Airbrush Iwata Kustom CS

The Iwata Kustom CH is dual action and factory fitted with a match head 0.3mm needle and nozzle.
Again, with the custom automotive artist in mind, it has an extra large paint cup capacity of 14cc.

The Iwata Kustom CH is also fitted with a MAC (micro air control valve) which gives you fingertip control over air flow at the needle point.

BARTSHARP Airbrush Iwata Kustom CH

The Iwata Kustom Micron CM is the “Daddy Mac” of the range.

Again it has been specifically designed and developed with the custom automotive artist in mind
and is based on the market leading design and performance of the Custom Micron.

The matched head factory fitted and tested 0.23mm needle and nozzle set up provides you
with the absolute in dual action control and paint atomisation.

This airbrush also comes with a 14cc paint cup and is supplied with a Ten Year Iwata Backed Warranty.

BARTSHARP Airbrush Iwata Kustom Micron CM

The Iwata Kustom CS is priced at £148.00
The Iwata Kustom K-CH is priced at £233.00
The Iwata Kustom Micron CM is priced at £399.00

Do you need to spend so much on an airbrush to be able to use automotive solvent based paints?

If you are professional custom automotive artist then yes.
The Iwata Kustom range will exceed your needs for quality and control and will also be an investment for many years to come.

If you are hobbyist or occasional home sprayer then maybe not!

The main concern with using less expensive airbrushes is that they are constructed using small o-rings
which provide an airtight seal for the parts which come into contact with the paint.

If automotive solvent based paint is used it may, over time, cause the o-rings to swell, crack or melt.
The time that this takes to happen will be dependent on the amount of solvent/thinner used in the paint,
the amount of time the o-rings are exposed to the solvent based paint and how thoroughly the airbrush
and o-rings are cleaned after use and prior to storage.

What’s the answer?

Well there is a balance to be struck between cost and performance.
All of the BARTSHARP Airbrushes are constructed with a Teflon needle packing bush.
This Teflon bush prevents paint travelling back along the needle towards the trigger area.
Teflon is highly impervious to solvent based paint and will, therefore, not cause any concern.
We also stock a complete range of replacement o-rings for all of our airbrushes.
This means that you can use your airbrush with solvent based paints with the knowledge
that all of the o-rings can be replaced at a cost of £3.99 (inc postage UK).
We would strongly advise that you thoroughly clean your airbrush, and o-rings,
as soon after use and storage to ensure future performance and as long a life as possible.

BARTSHARP Airbrush recommends the below airbrushes for custom artwork if your pocket isn't ready to stretch to the price of an Iwata

BARTSHARP Airbrush 130 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 130 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 131 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 131 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 133 Siphon Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 133 Dual Action Siphon Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 135 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 135 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 180S Dual Action Gravity Feed Airbrush Kit
BARTSHARP Airbrush 180 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 183 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 186 Dual Action Gravity Feed Airbrush
BARTSHARP Airbrush 186 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 116 A B
BARTSHARP Airbrush 116A Single Variable Action Pistol Grip Gravity Side Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 116B Pistol Grip
BARTSHARP Airbrush 116B Single Variable Action Pistol Grip Gravity Feed

Spray Tanning

For best results an airbrush with a large cup capacity as well as a larger needle and nozzle size should be used.
This will allow the medium to flow correctly and will also provide coverage over a larger area.

We would recommend the following airbrushes:

BARTSHARP Airbrush 115 Single Variable Action Gravity Feed

BARTSHARP Airbrush 115. This pistol style airbrush is supplied with a 0.5mm needle and nozzle which provides excellent paint flow.A smaller 0.3mm needle and nozzle set, air hose, in line mini air filter and an airbrush quick disconnect is also included.The airbrush provides simplicity of use as it is single action.It comes with a gravity feed 20cc plastic paint cup which screws into the top of the airbrush. A larger 75cc paint cup is also available.


BARTSHARP Airbrush 131. The 131 airbrush is a dual action gravity feed airbrush fitted with a 0.3mm needle/nozzle/nozzle cap set. It can also be fitted with 0.2 and 0.5mm needle/nozzle/nozzle cap set. It is supplied with two plastic paint cups which screw into the top of the airbrush, these are 20cc and 40cc. A larger 75cc paint cup is also available.

BARTSHARP Airbrush 131 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 131 Dual Action Gravity Feed

Body Painting

For best results an airbrush with a medium needle and nozzle size should be used.
This will allow the medium to flow correctly and will also provide coverage over a medium to larger area.

We would recommend the following airbrushes:

128 Airbrush
BARTSHARP Airbrush 128 Single Variable Action Siphon Feed

BARTSHARP Airbrush 128. The 128 airbrush is a specifically designed airbrush tattoo dual action siphon feed airbrush. It is fitted with a 0.35mm needle and nozzle providing an optimised blend of accuracy and paint flow. The 129 is also supplied with a 5cc metal paint jar and a 22cc glass paint jar. Both of which are quick change and simply push fit to the airbrush. This feature enables quick colour changes. (Spare jars are also available)

BARTSHARP Airbrush 131 Dual Action Gravity Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 131 Dual Action Gravity Feed

BARTSHARP Airbrush 131. The 131 airbrush is a dual action gravity feed airbrush fitted with a 0.3mm needle/nozzle/nozzle cap set. It can also be fitted with 0.2 and 0.5mm needle/nozzle/nozzle cap set. It is supplied with two plastic paint cups which screw into the top of the airbrush, these are 20cc and 40cc. A larger 75cc paint cup is also available.

BARTSHARP Airbrush 133 Siphon Feed
BARTSHARP Airbrush 135 Dual Action Siphon Feed

BARTSHARP Airbrush 133. The 133 airbrush is a dual action siphon feed airbrush fitted with a 0.3mm needle and nozzle. It is supplied with 20cc side feed glass paint jar and a spare 20cc glass jar. The screw fix lid of the side feed jar has a small hole in it to prevent a vacuum and to allow the free flow of paint. The screw fix lid of the spare jar is air tight. The glass jars can be used with either lid. The airbrush can also be fitted with a 0.2mm and 0.5mm needle and nozzle set.