I can't get the Amerimist sheen to work in my airbrush - just won't come out. Any ideas?
What airbrush and compressor do you have?
Will the airbrush spray water?
From there, we can troubleshoot.
Not sure about the compressor but the airbrush is a new iwata......yes I can use regular amerimist colors just not the sheen???
Thanks for the help!
Did you shake it up quite a bit? The first time I used the sheen, I didn't shake it really well and it didn't work for me.
Well thanks I will shake it more
The airbrushe's needle size and power of the compressor will determine IF you can spray a shimmer/pearl.
Your paperwork should say the airbrush's model/needle size as well as your compressor made/model.
Shimmers and Pearls tend to be thicker/larger particle size than just plain color.
Yes. You must shake pearls/shimmers. They tend to settle more than other colors.
Always test your airbrush by spraying water at the beginning of a session. It's easier to troubleshoot with water in an airbrush than a cup full of color.
How you clean the airbrush at the end of your session will also make a difference.
What is the best thing to clean the airbrush with?
The airbrushed should spray water till the airbrush sprays clear on a paper towel( assuming you are using a water based color.)
Backbubble by blocking the Fluid Nozzle's air flow - forcing the air back through the color cup. This will create turbulence and dislodge any color or pearl.
Spray with water till the airbrush sprays clear.
Add warm sudsy dish soap/water mix or a food-grade cleaner concentrate such as Nurturing Force.
Spray and backbubble.
Flush with plain water till airbrush color cup is empty.
Remove needle and wipe it off on a clean paper towel.
If there is excessive color on the paper towel after wiping the needle off, repeat cleaning.
Do NOT get water in the trigger or air valve area. This will deposit dirty water near the air valve piston which will dry to a sticky residue and eventually make the trigger "mushy" and not responsive.
As a general rule, do NOT use a cleaner you wouldn't wash your cake pans with. Most airbrush cleaners are general-purpose and not food-grade. However, they can be stronger cleaners and may be required if you have a clogged or very dirty airbrush. Just be certain to wash the harsh detergent out as described above.
Do NOT completely disassemble your airbrush unless routine cleaning is insufficient. Taking apart an airbrush puts delicate parts at greater risk of damage.