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Kan elke Golden kleur als een airbrush verf verkregen worden ?
Golden kan zekere kleuren speciaal voor jou maken . Maar zekere pigmenten zullen nooit goed spuiten. Je kan experimenteren met andere kleuren uit het gamma Fluid-Acrylic, zekere kleuren zullen waarschijnlijk niet werken. Hoeveel Airbrush-Medium of Airbrush-Transparent-Extender je ook toevoegd. Waarom zul je vragen ? Wel de verfpigmenten worden bij Golden zo fijn mogelijk gemaakt zonder dat ze hun eigenscahp verliezen. O.A. Ultramaijn-blauw, Rauwe Umber, Violet, Geel en Rood-oxyde pigmenten zijn te groot, te dik of te geconcentreerd. Verspil er geen tijd aan om ze toch met je airbrush gespoten te krijgen? © Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

Golden airbrush verf word verkocht als geschikt voor .... Kan ik ze ook nog anders gebruiken ?
Je kan ze heel goed gebruiken voor figuurschilderen. De airbrushverf is heel dun, vloeibaar maar met heel veel pigmenten. Je kan ze gebruiken met een penseel voor washes ed. De airbrush verf is veel te dun, te vloeibaar en er zit teveel Retarder in zodat je ze zo met het penseel kan gebruiken. Wil je schilderen met een penseel, gebruik dan de Golden Acryl Fluid's.
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Wanneer je verwisseld van cellulose verven naar Golden Airbrush verf, in je airbrush zijn er dan bepaalde kuis procedures. ?
Afhankelijk van de gebruikte spuit installatie, zou je kunnen trachten van aceton te spuiten na de ( nitro-lakken ??) cellulose verven. Wees nochtans voorzichtig want aceton heeft een laag ontbrandingspunt. Gebruik ook geen aceton indien je airbrush rubber "O" ringen heeft., De meeste rubber ringen zijn niet bestand tegen oplosmiddelen en worden eerst zacht, zwellen dan op en breken tenslotte.
Na het kuisen van het pistool, zie grondig na dat zowel de naald als het spuitstuk zeer proper zijn en er geen laklagen achter zijn gebleven. Vegeet niet, na een behandseling met aceton, de naald met een silicone of teflon smeermiddel te smeren.
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Paint Lifting Off:
I have recently begun using your Transparent Shading Gray from the GOLDEN Airbrush Color series. I am having trouble with the permanency of the bonding to the gesso surface and/or other airbrushed colors. I find very delicate spray layers can be wiped off even after the layer is "supposedly" dry and cured (24 hours later). Are there any problems with periodically applying a spray coat of Airbrush Transparent Extender over the entire painting, or selected areas, to seal these delicate paint applications?

One of the properties of the Opaque and Transparent Airbrush Colors is their use for specialty tricks for commercial illustration. Until all of the retarder has left the film, and it has been cured and not just dried to the touch, it's very likely the Shading Gray (and other colors) can lift easily with water or an alkaline solution. Another issue is light misting of color doesn't develop a strong continuous film. You've hit the nail on the head with using the Airbrush Transparent Extender to seal off after the paint has been applied. Please read "Beginning Airbrush Tips II"
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I just started airbrushing and was concerned about how much spray I must be breathing. Other airbrush artists I have worked with or watched do not wear masks.
While it's true many artists do not wear a mask while spraying, it does not make it O.K. to do so. Any airborne particles are not good to inhale, and although our acrylic paints are mostly non-toxic, they are still unacceptable to breathe. A simple dust mask is acceptable as long as it fits well on your face. The disposable paper masks are made to be universal and fit to a man's face, which may make them not as efficient for women in stopping the overspray. There are ones with cartridges on the sides and have a rubber face mask. we find these are more comfortable than the paper ones and the fit is much better. The ones we use in our shop are made by 3M, and should be available in hardware stores and lumber stores. It's important to get the proper cartridges for what you are spraying and what you are trying to keep from inhaling, so ask lots of questions and request literature.

Good ventilation is always a plus. We try to set up the airflow so the studio air exhausts near the spraying area, and fresh air comes in from the opposite wall.
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Welke kleuren en verf soorten kan ik gebruiken met mijn IWATA airbrush ?
Algemeen kan je zowel de "heavy Body", de High loads" de Fluids en de airbrush Colors gebruiken in een airbrush op voorwaarde dat je de juiste verdunning gebruikt. Bij Golden worden al de pigment gemalen en ieder pigment is zo fijn als maar mogelijk is , zonder de structuur van het pigment te wijzigen. Zeker kleuren zal je nochthans niet kunnen spuiten ,nof zulklen slechter spuiten dan anderen . Zo zijn de aardkleuren nogal groffe dikke pigmenten, die je niet zomaar dun kan maalen zonder hun eigenschappen te veranderen. Zo zal dus de Iwata HP-C (Nozzle = 0.18 mm. ) het nogal moeilijk hebben met deze pigmenten. Dit gezegd zijnde, je kan zowat ellke bovenstaande verf gebruiken, maar de dikkere soorten zullen meer verdunning vragen en daardoor zal de gespoten verflaag afhanklelijk zijn van de verdunning.
"Heavy Body" verven vragen een verdunning van +/- 7 delen airbrush Extender op 1 deel verf.
"High Load" verven vragen een verhouding van 4:1
"Fluids" daarentegen zijn tevreden met een 1:1 verdunning
"Airbrush Colors" kan je zo uit de plastic container spuiten.
Het voordeel van Golden is dat hetzelfde pigment in alle soorten gebruikt wordt en dus door elkaar kunnen gebruikt worden.
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Wat is de goede mengverhouding voor Fluid Acrylics voor punteer-etsen?
De 1:1 verhouding werkt niet goed met mijn Iwata PC.?
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Do you have any recommendations on how acrylic paints can be used on plastic film?
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Recommendations for Paint Storage Conditions:
The following recommendations apply to all Golden Artist Colors products: color, gel, medium, gesso, etc. Store paints between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. These are ideal temperatures that should limit paint drying out, thickening, losing its smooth consistency and potentially becoming unworkable. Store full jars or minimize head space by scraping down the sides of the container, misting the paint surface lightly with distilled water and lining with plastic thereby reducing water evaporation.
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What kind of wood support should I ask for at the lumber yard? And what method do you recommend for attaching linen to wood?
We don't like to suggest the use of untempered hardboard for use in artwork and it bows terribly and does not seem to be very well made, at least the kinds we have seen locally.
The newer tempered hardboard, like what is used by Masonite and Ampersand seems to be of very good quality and takes acrylic primers well. Avoid any tempered hardboard not made in North America. Others still use the older method of greatly saturating the fibers with linseed oil. Ampersand has a great web site and the folks there are really great to talk to. My preference is cabinet-grade birch plywood. It's made extremely well and has at least one very smooth side.
Other plywoods, like "MDO" or "MDF" are acceptable to use. In general, get the thickest and best grade you can afford for artwork or murals (not that murals aren't artwork).
Anything 1/4" or less should have stretcher bars attached. It's up to you whether you want to stretch canvas over these, but later down the road, a conservator will probably prefer you to stretch the canvas over the panel.
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What would be the procedure for painting a wooden, outdoor sculpture?
Seal the wood with 2 coats of GOLDEN GAC 700, then you can either gesso it, or apply paint directly onto the GAC 700.

It is suggested you use only "lightfastness I rated" pigments, which means they are rated excellent for resistance to fading from sunlight. Once the paints have been applied, and allowed several days to cure, we suggest applying an isolation coat and then the MSA Varnish. © Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

We would like to use one of your acrylic colors on a door and door frame made of plywood. Will the film be hard enough? How do we prepare the old paint (probably an alkyd)?
Roughen up the existing paint until it is completely dull. It doesn't need to be very coarse, just dulled. Be sure to use a lightly dampened cloth to wipe dust away as you work, so you can see if any shiny spots remain. Use the acrylics as you want, but if you are unsure about the adhesion, blend in GAC 200 to make the film harder and have better adhesion (1:1) mix is enough. Depending on the door's proximity to the weather, you may need to seal with quality non- yellowing Polyurethane. This is best if the door will be used a lot. © Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

I would like to sand down a wood table and use one of your products to paint it without leaving brush strokes. What do you recommend?
The fluids are probably the line closest to the thickness you desire, although we also recommend Matte Fluids. These paints have better leveling, a nice matte finish, and great stroke free coverage. Most of our paints, including Heavy Body and Fluids can be thinned and made to brush out smoother with the Acrylic Glazing Liquid. This also gives you more working time before the paints begin to dry. For functional objects like chairs, we suggest a quality Polyurethane varnish to be applied over the top of the acrylics. © Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

I intend to airbrush fishing lures made from wood and plastic. Would your paints be compatible with what I want to do?
Yes you can use our products for painting the lures, however, you'll need to use a standard clear coat like a Clear Acrylic Enamel or a lacquer for durability. For spraying, there are two main mediums you'll need to work with, and between the two of them, you have essentially unlimited paint products to work with. You can use the Airbrush Colors, the Fluids, Iridescents & Interference, pretty much any of the paint lines. Airbrush Medium was developed to make other products sprayable, particularly the Fluid Acrylics. Airbrush Transparent Extender is also going to be required for many of the applications, especially when using thicker products like the Interference paints.
If an artist paints on wood should they be concerned with the acids in the wood going through the gesso and harming the archival nature of gesso and/or acrylic paints?
Several coats of gesso should prevent this, but to be on the safe side, consider applying GAC 700 as a size before gessoing.
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What wood sealants do you have available which, after the wood is sealed, would allow it to accept paint?
We have been and are currently working on wood coating testing with the acrylics. We have been very interested in wood coatings, we know many artists and craftspeople are utilizing acrylics in their wood based art work and we would like to better understand, formulate and test for these applications.
To make the best recommendation, I would need to know more about the application, the use and the expected exposure of the artwork. Many of our products can be used to size, seal and coat many types of wood and to make the best recommendation I would need to ask you some questions.
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I would need to understand what types of wood you need to seal and what performance attributes you expect from the sealer. It's been our experience that some artists are concerned with how the wood will accept stain or paints after sealing. Perhaps the grain raising of a water born material is an issue and you need to limit grain raising for your application. Perhaps you need a stain blocking sealer to limit support induced discoloration (SID) of lighter colors (the notorious "wood knot" bleeding issue). Also, I assume you want to paint the sealed wood with an acrylic, if this is not true I would need to know what type of paint you would like to use over the sealer.
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Metal and Automotive:
I want to paint on metal and make it waterproof. What products do you recommend?
If the surface is properly primed, you can get excellent adhesion of the acrylics to the metal. XIM makes a product called UMA (urethane modified acrylic) that is water-based and comes in white and clear. This would be a good primer for the acrylics to adhere to. You could also use a blend of GOLDEN GAC 200 and another medium, such as Polymer Medium, GAC 500 or GAC 100. The GAC 200 is a very hard acrylic, and promotes adhesion to metal.
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What mediums would I use to paint on metals such as copper and aluminum with oil and acrylic paint.
Metals commonly require degreasing with a solvent or isopropyl alcohol, priming with either an alkyd primer or urethane modified acrylic (UMA), and then a coat or two of Acrylic Gesso. Light sanding of the metal and primer coats is suggested for best adhesion. Copper usually needs a solvent-based primer as it can tarnish readily. Add GOLDEN GAC 200 to the Gesso and subsequent paints (up to 75% GAC 200) to increase hardness and adhesion to non-porous substrates like metal.
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I am trying to find out the choices of paints for airbrushing motorcycle surfaces. Could you please tell us about your products and what you would recommend?
The key to using acrylics for automotive applications is to sandwich the acrylics between two like layers of paint. For example, 2 part urethanes like Dupont Imron. If a tank already has the paint and clear coats applied, you want to thoroughly sand the part like you were getting ready to shoot another layer of clear on it. Next, do the artwork with acrylics. We find both the Fluid Acrylics (mixed with Airbrush Medium and/or Airbrush Transparent Extender) and the Airbrush Colors can work well for this application. We try to use lots of Extender between paint layers or mixed with the acrylics to increase the film durability, especially when masking is involved. Once you have completed the artwork, allow a day to dry and clear coat. It's important to know what paint or clear is underneath the acrylic so the final clearcoats solvent doesn't attack the underlying paint film. The acrylics should not be effected by most solvents used in clears.
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While researching gloss coats for some helmets I've painted I ran across the Web site from Gina G. (ginag.com) who uses only GOLDEN paints. Can you please tell me which of your airbrush acrylic colors are most compatible with two-part automotive urethane clearcoating?
Gina uses the Fluid Acrylics mixed with Airbrush Medium. This mix can be used for Automotive, textile, murals and other fine art applications. The Airbrush Colors can be used with the Fluids for ready to spray paints. The Airbrush Carbon Black and Titanium White are exceptionally good spraying paints. The use with automotive products is essentially sandwiching the acrylics between two layers of the same material. Priming, base color and even a coat or two of auto urethanes to start, then abrade the surface as you would for another urethane coat. This surface should take the acrylics very well. Once the artwork is complete and allowed to cure for a day or so, then the final coat(s) of urethane clear are applied.

Yes acrylics are going to be somewhat fragile until they are cleared, but once topcoated, they are permanent. The advantage is the artist can work with safer products for the artistic part of the mural and then use conventional automotive products for their durability. Many of the pigments GOLDEN uses are the same ones used in quality automotive paints and are rated Lightfastness I & II; most are rated I. We suggest for any outdoor application to use just the Lightfastness I rated pigments. In the information you'll be getting, the Pigment Identification Chart will indicate what pigments can be used.
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I saw on a site that they used GOLDEN airbrush paint for the murals on the cars, what kind do I need? And how long will it hold up? Is it just as good as lacquer paint that I was going to use?
GOLDEN Products can be used for automotive applications (hoods, gas tanks, helmets, etc.). The key is they are "sandwiched" between two layers of the same kind of automotive products, such as Dupont Imron clear coats. The method we use is to sand/abrade the base layer (can be paint or clear coat) then apply the acrylics and let them cure for a couple of days. Finally, apply a like clear coat to seal in the acrylics. The automotive products should not affect the acrylics, but you do need to slowly build up the clearcoats. The pigments GOLDEN uses are very lightfast, either rated I or II, with the exception of the Fluorescent and Phosphorescent pigments. Most GOLDEN product lines can be used for this application, such as the Fluids, Airbrush Colors, and Iridescents.
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I picked up Black, Umber and Stainless Steel acrylic paint and hoping to repaint my heavy gauge metal chairs and table base with them. Will this be okay on metal? How should I prepare the surface to start? How do I seal it and do you think this will hold up?
The first step is to either prime or abrade the existing surface. If the chairs are in good shape, with little if any existing paint coming off of them, you can simply roughen up the surface. If however, the existing paint is in poor condition, I suggest sanding until you have removed any questionable paint films, possibly right down to the base metal.
Over this sanded surface, or unprimed surface (which if smooth should also be abraded for best adhesion), you can apply a quality, commercial grade metal primer. There are several kinds on the market. The most prevalent are alkyd based and Urethane-modified acrylics.
Once these have cured sufficiently per product directions, the acrylic paints can be applied. GAC 200 is an excellent medium to add to the paints. It's a much harder acrylic than we normally use in our flexible products. Blended at a 1:1 ratio, you will increase film hardness, lower tack, and promote better adhesion. These paints should dry for at least 24 hours if not longer, before applying the final protective layers.
The best recommendation would be a 2-part system, such as Urethane, or a good quality non-yellowing Polyurethane. The paints alone would be subject to wear much faster without such a sealer.

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Please don't be disappointed, but this article is really about the best alternatives for disposing of wastes generated while painting. I know it is a lousy trick, but the Editor insists on captivating headlines. However, there are real benefits to doing a good job with waste management practices, and if you stay till the end of the article, you may come away with some new ideas. - Ben Gavett
There are a few generalizations about waste disposal that are universally true. First, it is best for the health of the planet and its inhabitants if the byproducts of our creativity are kept to an absolute minimum and the issue of disposal is avoided entirely. Next, when wastes are produced, the manner of disposal which will have the least negative impact upon the environment should be selected. Finally, the legal requirements for disposal depend upon the nature of the waste produced, where it originates, and who is responsible for it. For example, disposal options will depend in part upon the classification of the waste generator. Wastes generated outside of the household, such as by a small manufacturing business or store, have tighter disposal restrictions. Alternatives will also depend upon how hazardous a waste is, based on reactivity, flammability, toxicity and physical state (solid, liquid, or gas). Most waste is disposed of into either the water, ground, or air. The United States Environmental Protection Agency, state agencies, and local authorities all have regulations affecting such disposal. Questions are best addressed to the local facility first, such as the landfill or water treatment plant.1 Questions about whether or not a material is considered a "hazardous waste" and the best method for its disposal, can also be directed to the manufacturer.
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Even with water-based products, it is best to discard a solid instead of washing everything down the drain. Also, liquid paint should not be taken to a landfill. If allowed to dry, film-forming paints such as acrylics lock pigments in place and help prevent them from moving around in the groundwater. Allow residual paints and mediums to dry in the container. Dispose of as is, or remove the subsequent paint skin, leaving a fairly clean container. GOLDEN Acrylics are packaged in HDPE plastic, which can then be reused or recycled in many areas.
Small amounts of solvent-based products, like GOLDEN MSA Varnish, can usually be allowed to evaporate.
After complete drying, the container can be disposed of in a regular landfill. Significant amounts of these products are considered hazardous wastes and should be taken to a local Hazardous Waste Collection Center. Be careful, some of these limit their service to households and exclude small businesses. An expensive hazardous waste disposal service must then be utilized. In addition to solvent-based products, other art materials which are hazardous when disposed of include etching acids, pressurized aerosol cans, and certain highly toxic pigments. It is best to avoid disposal of these by purchasing only what will be entirely used.
Before using water to clean palettes, brushes, containers and other tools, wipe them with a paper towel and allow it to dry before disposal. This makes the wash water stay cleaner longer and keeps paint solids from going down the drain.
Solids in washwater can be further minimized by removing them with a simple treatment process.
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Purchase products in the optimal container size.
Buying too small results in more packaging wastes. Buy too much, and you risk having more than can be used or having the product fail during storage.
Use work practices that minimize wasted paint.
For acrylics, try a moisturizing palette and keep the paint covered as much as possible.
Store products to maximize shelf life.
Avoid extremes of temperature, especially freeze-thaw cycles. Make sure lids are kept tight. Clean dried paint from the threads of jars and lids before closing to help get a better seal.
If products are still usable, but just aren't needed, give them to someone who can use them.
If properly labeled and nontoxic, many nonprofit organizations with art and craft programs would appreciate a donation of materials.
Recycle old acrylic paintings.
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