Safety Tips While Airbrushing

If you have chosen to airbrush a sign or something else by yourself, without professional assistance, then you might wonder what kind of safety precautions you need to take. Here are some safety tips to make sure that you and the environment stay secure while you are airbrushing.

1. Keep Your Airbrush Clean

Your first step is to make sure that the airbrush is clean. If you are borrowing it from a friend or neighbor, be certain that you perform a thorough inspection. It is important to make sure that the airbrush is clean because most malfunctions are a result of paint clogging the gun. To fully clean an airbrush when you are done using it, simply add water that doesn't have chlorine in it to the storage area of the airbrush. Then, shoot the water out. Keep adding and shooting the water until you are only shooting water out of the airbrush, not water that is mixed with paint. If you have been given an airbrush that has dried paint in it, soak the airbrush in water for an hour or so and then perform the same cleaning technique as described above.

2. Wear a Mask

Be sure that you always wear a mask or a respirator when you are using your airbrush because it is very easy for the fine particles coming out of the paintbrush to be inhaled by you and make their way to your lungs. This can cause health problems in both the long term and the short term.

3. Ventilate the Area

Make sure that there is a decent airflow going through the area where you are airbrushing by opening a door or a window at each end of the area and using fans to push the air through the room. If you have to paint in a non-ventilated area, paint in short spurts for a few minutes at a time and then take a break. Wait for an hour in between each spurt with all of the doors to the area opened in order to reduce the amount of paint particles that are hanging around in the air.

4. Wear Goggles

Finally, be sure that you wear goggles even if your airbrush doesn't involve needles. You don't want any of the needles or any of the paint going into your eye and causing discomfort because this will slow down the painting process.

For additional info, talk to a company that specializes in airbrushing. They will be able to give you some tips.  

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