Choosing an Airbrush Tanning Gun
You've decided that you want to spray tan someone. Now you need an airbrush tanning gun to actually spray them.
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Of all the uses you can put an airbrush or spray gun to, spray tanning is actually the easiest to learn and master. Don't get me wrong, you'll still run into difficulties, but the process itself is straightforward.
When it comes right down to it, the gun itself is just a small portion of the total cost, especially if this is for a business. You'll end of spending more on your location and consumables (tanning solution, towels, disposable undergarments, wages, etc.)
Criteria to Choose the Right Airbrush Tanning Gun
Holds roughly 2 or more ounces of liquidIn order to adequetly cover the tannee you'll spray roughly 2 ounces on them. It's not a hard and fast rule, but, in general, figure on 2 ounces per tan.
This rule is also a great way to figure out the cost of tanning solution per client.
For instance, if a gallon of tanning soluion costs $128 then you'll be using $2 of solution per client (64 ounces in a gallon).
Siphon feed, gravity feed, side feed--it doesn't really matter
Most tanners choose siphon feed equipment simply because they can buy a bunch of bottles in an effort to "portion control" the use of solution.
If you can afford the extra cost buy a spray gun.Spray guns are made for covering large ares quickly. Even a petite body has a large area to cover evenly. Spray guns let you spray the same amount of solution in fewer passes. Fewer passes turn into a moe even, better blended result.
However, don't get too carried away. An HVLP Gun with an 18 inch spray pattern is WAY WAY too big. Too big of a spray pattern means more material waste to get the same end result. In short, you'll waste a lot of solution if you get something with too large a spray pattern.
2-6 inch spray patternThis is your butter-zone.
If you get smaller than this you'll spend a lot of time spraying each person and throwing a lot of overspray into the air because of the length of time you'll spray.
If you get bigger than this a lot of your spray will "miss" the client and either settle inside your spray area or float around in the air. This is material waste.
Overspray is your worst health enemy and material waste is your worst cost enemy.
The perfect airbrush tanning gun needs to fit into your budget. This could range from something as simple as a Revolution BCR or Paasche VL to an entire system where the gun itself is just a piece of the whole.
Need more information?
can I airbrush tan someone?"
This is a good overview of the process surrounding an airbrush tan. I liek to think of it as a successful habit that keeps your problems down.
Guide to Spray Tanning for Beginners"
This is an excellent video demonstration of how a spray tan should happen. It gives method to the madness. Can you tell that I'm a fan of habits?
Asked Questions about Spray Tanning
A list of questions I always had to answer while I worked the technical support lines at Iwata.
- Frequently Asked
Questions about Airbrushing
More questions that I had to answer all the time. Very helpful.
- If you've got a question that isn't covered feel free to contact me. I promise that I'm not nearly as mean as I'd like to think I am.