Sunless Equipment Cleaning and Care

Keeping Your Airbrush Or Spray Gun In A Clean, Operable State

This page includes tips and formulas for maintaining an airbrush or a spray gun through some basic cleaning methods.


All spray tan solutions, even those that are aloe vera- or alcohol-based are predominantly water. Because of this, heavy cleaners are not needed to keep an airbrush or spray gun clean and in workable condition, but a cleaning agent does need to be used on a regular basis. The basic airbrush/spray gun cleaning tip is to flush the equipment clean after each use and after prolonged periods of disuse. In a salon or tanning service setting, we highly recommend keeping an extra solution bottle containing cleaner handy for flushing purposes and to make a habit of cleaning your airbrush or spray gun at the beginning and end of the day.


We suggest considering purchasing Iwata Professional Airbrush Cleaner, which we carry in multiple sizes, formulated specifically to remove residue and deposits from spray tanning equipment. We also offer an airbrush cleaning kit consisting of multiple mini brushes, airbrush lubricant, cleanser and a dropper for easy equipment maintenance. An airbrush cleaning pot can also be beneficial to an airbrush technician, serving as a reservoir for cleaning solution and a convenient airbrush holder (for airbrushes without a pistol trigger). Although none of these products are specifically needed for airbrush and spray gun maintenance, they are products that will make the cleaning process easy and convenient. See all these products in our airbrush cleaning supplies category.


If you prefer to synthesize your own cleaner, cheap, commonly available ingredients such as windex and water can be combined into an acceptable mixture. These "home made" cleaning formulas can be stored in an ordinary 2 liter (rinsed out) bottle.