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Thread: Airbrushing Lexan - Faskolor won't kill ya!

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    Default Airbrushing Lexan - Faskolor won't kill ya!

    Now I'm an instant gratification kinda guy and I'm guilty of grabbing a few spray bombs to get a body done in a jam butt....
    Have you smelled that stuff?

    This is to compliment the request for a airbrush (what to buy) and basic airbrush techniques thread. Most of the need for an airbrush surrounding this hobby is to have a greater control over color mixing and being able to spray non toxic paint so we won't croak early!

    I use Parma's FASKOLOR for almost all of my projects.
    In stead of recreating content I grabbed the basic how to from the Parma website.

    About Faskolor
    FASKOLOR is a water-based, non-toxic paint that is specially formulated for clear lexan type polycarbonate surfaces and much more! It was developed for clear RC and Slot Car Bodies and actually becomes part of the body when brushed or sprayed on. The paint remains flexible and resists cracking, chipping and most impact damage. Because it is water-based, it cleans up easily and is fuel-proof. It can be used for any modeling or hobby project and can be top coated with clear enamel or urethane if a gloss is desired. It is compatible with styrofoam and most surfaces. FASKOLOR can be used with most airbrushes with a medium tip and an requires 40-70 psi of air (More air pressure is required than solvent based paint which typically requires around 25-35 lbs of air). FASKOLOR is available in 2 oz/60 ml bottles and Airbrush Bottle Adaptors (#40242/40243) are available separately to "plug" the bottle right into your airbrush for ease of use. FASKOLOR is available in many types of mixable colors and can be combined with our FASGLITTER for show stopping and concourse winning combinations.

    General Instructions For Airbrushing With FASKOLOR
    1. Shake bottle and/or stir well before using. FASFLIP and FASCHANGE colors separate and must be stirred and shaken to one consistency, These colors take more effort, others colors need just a good shaking to make sure the color is consistent before use.
    2. Make sure your hands and the surface you are painting are have been cleaned with soap and water. Oil and dirt may prevent paint adhesion. Any mild dish type soap works fine.
    3. When using an airbrush, use between 40 - 70 PSI air pressure with a medium tip. We suggest starting with 50 PSI and testing your spray pattern. Adjust air up or down for best results. This paint appears thick, but is ready to spray or brush right out of the bottle. (It can be thinned with a few drops of water if using lower air pressure, no more than 1 teaspoon per bottle).Practice spraying on a test surface and adjust your airbrush, if necessary, until the paint sprays in a smooth even pattern and you are satisfied with the coverage.
    4. Apply the paint in thin, even coats for best results (2-3 coats is best), each coat should be dry before continuing.
    5. The paint must dry before applying another coat for best results. Using a hair type blow dryer will speed up drying/bonding time between coats. For best results we suggest using a blow dryer - it is an inexpensive piece that will make it possible to keep spraying your coats and make sure there are no runs or wet areas between the coats. A heat lamp can also be used if desired.


    Using A Paint Brush
    1. Using a soft bristle brush, apply several coats and vary brush stroke directions between each coat to get good, even coverage. NOTE: If painting a clear body from the inside, the brush marks will not show. FASFLUORESCENTS, FASPEARLS & FASESCENTS are not recommended because they show brush strokes.


    Easy Water Clean Up
    1. Clean your airbrush by spraying warm water between and after finished spraying your color(s). If you have access to a sink while you're painting, run water over the airbrush "paint pickup tube" to remove excess paint before inserting a clean bottle adaptor to spray water through the airbrush. Clean your bottle adaptor that has paint in it by running water over/through it in the sink. Since the paint is water-based, brushes, airbrushes, bottle adaptors, paint bottles and containers can be easily washed with soap and water. It is best to clean before the paint is dry. Don't let paint dry/harden in your airbrush, it will need to be disassembled and soaked to remove it.
    2. We recommend spraying FASKLEANER #40202 through your airbrush to clear and prevent any heavy buildup of foreign materials and prevent clogs. It can also be used to clean bristle brushes and airbrush parts.
    3. Always clean-up as soon as you are finished to keep your airbrush, brushes and equipment in good working condition.


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    JasonC Guest

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    Do you know if Fastint can be brushed on?

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    It can but the results won't be great.
    Basically, Fastint is a translucent black/dark brown...translucent or semi transparent colours build opacity the more coats that are added. As you add these colors with a brush the thickness of paint will vary with each layer due to the brush strokes. I think this will give you a bad result.

    You can definitely get away with brushing on any of the opaque colors on the inside of lexan, this always looks like glass!

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