- Airbrush Pen
- Air Compressor
- Mad Ape Ninja Vinyl Paint
- Vinyl Thinner (CS Coatings in this case)
- Acetone or Nail Polish Remover
- Glass Mixing Bottles or Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Plastic bottles (i.e. small 4 ounce water bottle)
- Face Mask/Respirator
- Paper Towels/Old Newspaper
*ALWAYS WEAR A FACE MASK OR RESPIRATOR WHEN HANDLING OR USING PAINT AND VINYL THINNER
Before getting started with airbrushing, we need to first thin out the paint. This comes down to personal preference but for starting out, make a 1:1 ratio of paint to vinyl thinner using the mixing bottles to create your paint mixture. Depending on how opaque or translucent the paint is you may need to use more or less thinner.
*Keep this in mind when mixing paints to make new colors* (i.e. fluorescent or clear paints mixed with silver to make metallic paints, depending on how much of the silver you pour will be the determining factor on how much vinyl thinner to use, being that silver is more of an opaque paint)
Checking Paint Consistency:
Now add the paint mixture to the fluid cup, hold the brush anywhere from 3 to 6 inches away from the vinyl surface test area (small, unnoticeable surface that is the same as the one you will be painting) and proceed to apply pressure to the trigger to release paint. If the paint applies nicely and settles, you’re good to go! Proceed to painting!
*If for some reason the paint doesn't settle please proceed with the following
If the paint seems to be dripping or not sticking to the vinyl:
There may be too much thinner in the paint mixture. Empty out the fluid cup back into your bottle of mixed paint, add and stir in more paint as needed until you get the right consistency referred to in step 4 when applying paint to a vinyl surface.
If the paint is creating spider-web like clumps or bubbling in the fluid cup:
There is not enough thinner in the paint mixture. Empty out the fluid cup back into the paint mixture and add more thinner as needed. Be sure to spray enough acetone through your airbrush until it sprays clear of any vinyl paint residue built up from the thick paint before adding paint to the fluid cup again.
When you are finished with your painting session, it’s important to always run acetone through your airbrush to keep it clean and prevent any build up within it.