Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Air Brushing on Glass

Raphael Schnepf Workshop

Air brushing onto glass is a little different than onto other slightly absorbent surfaces. As glass cannot absorb the moisture from the material being sprayed, the medium needs to be allowed evaporate. This means that each layer of paint must be allowed to dry before the next layer is applied. If too much liquid is applied to the glass, it will bead up giving a stippled appearance to the finished result.

There are some things that can help to give an even application of the paint or enamels to the glass.

Clean the glass very well. After thorough cleaning and drying, use some of the paint to rub the glass. As the paint is a slight abrasive, it cleans off anything the other cleaning methods could not get off.

Add a drop of washing up liquid to the mixture of paint and medium (liquid). This breaks the surface tension of the medium and reduces the tendency to bead up on the glass.

Use alcohol part or all of the medium. This reduces the evaporation time. Also apply in a warm rather than cold place. You can use a hair dryer on low speed and power to assist the drying.

Apply in thin even layers, allowing the paint to dry between applications.

Open the air brush trigger before reaching the edge of the area to be painted and close it after reaching the other edge. Any overspray can be cleaned up as in any other painting.

A slightly larger opening at the nozzle is required on the air brush than for other paints, but you have to be careful to avoid opening it so large that you get the spitting of large drops of paint onto your surface.

Because you are putting very small particles into the air you need to observe various precautions. You need to have a dust mask on at all times you are air brushing. You should do this in a spray booth with extraction if possible. If not, you need a well-ventilated area and very good clean up afterwards.