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Old June 10th, 2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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I need to find a non-permanent/wash-off paint to be able to spray through my air-brushes. The three I have tried so far have discolored the existing finish, and I don't want to damage the vehicle.

My plan is to paint murals, logo's, ect... on verhicles over the next two weekends for donation to Fullsize4life, and I'm having trouble finding a paint in the Grand Rapids area that will work.

Do you have any suggestions, or know of anywhere I can buy paint for this procedure? I want the mural to be able to wash off in a day or two without leaving damage on the finish coat.
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Old June 10th, 2011, 04:18 PM   #2
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Createx water based paints...work great in an airbrush, meant for textiles. They have additives to harden them so they can be used for automotive type painting, but would need to be cleared to be permanent. They are also available under the name Auto Air.

http://www.autoaircolors.com/

I used to use them on textiles alot, and have used them with the hardener and had it cleared, it works well. I'm not sure how long it will last if left uncleared, but I would think a day or two would be fine.
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Yeah just about every airbrush specific paint is a water based formula. Which ones have you tried?

I would imagine just buffing the existing clear would take away any discoloration.
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I tried a few other brands when my brother and I had an airbrush t-shirt shop, and found nothing that compared to Createx, thier colors are better then anything else, much larger variety, and they just work better and last longer...I still have some shirts that have barely faded in the 12-15 years since they were painted.
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how about painting on something like release paper? The paint would not even touch the vehicle surface, and it would be easy to remove...could even be removed carefully and saved if someone wanted to.

clean the surface and carefully apply the release paper so there are no ripples or bubbles, and any seams match up exactly, or maybe slightly overlap. Paint whatever you are doing, then carefully cut around it and remove the excess paper. Any excess glue left from the paper, if any, would be much easier to remove then any kind of paint.

Of course, by cutting the paper that means you always have a hard line, so if you want the softer edges that an airbrush is known for, then you would need to paint a base color background that you could cut through, and have the softer edge inside of that.

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how about painting on something like release paper? The paint would not even touch the vehicle surface, and it would be easy to remove...could even be removed carefully and saved if someone wanted to.

clean the surface and carefully apply the release paper so there are no ripples or bubbles, and any seams match up exactly, or maybe slightly overlap. Paint whatever you are doing, then carefully cut around it and remove the excess paper. Any excess glue left from the paper, if any, would be much easier to remove then any kind of paint.

Of course, by cutting the paper that means you always have a hard line, so if you want the softer edges that an airbrush is known for, then you would need to paint a base color background that you could cut through, and have the softer edge inside of that.

This actually is a great Idea

I'll just have to be real careful with the knife.
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x-acto with a #11 blade, and replace the blade often. With almost no pressure, you will have a clean cut and not even touch the surface under the release paper.

Back in the days when I did alot of airbrushing, I got pretty good at it. I often used masking tape on t-shirts, and would cut the tape, while on the shirt, in the same way, without damaging the shirt. It does suck when you cut through the tape, but not the glue applied to the tape though


Practice some first if this is a new technique to you. You will need to learn to replace the blade before it starts getting dull. If you can feel it dragging or skipping, you used the blade too long. The weight of the knife is about all the pressure it needs. Also, try to make the entire cut without lifting the blade out of the cut, because getting the blade exactly back into the cut, without touching the underlying surface, is not an easy task.
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Great info!!!!!

I haven't airbrushed in 20 years, and my wife decided that I needed to get back into it............so she bought me a complete new set. 8 guns compressor and equipment for my birthday.

I have to admit the new equipment looks a little intimidating but I learned once before, I should be able to do it again.

I've got a pretty steady hand, from doing miles of pinstripping over the years.

Thanks again for your help, and I hope to be posting some pictures soon.
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