I just wanted to take a moment and share a little something with all you painters out there. It might be nothing new for some and you'll say "Well, duh SonBae...tell me something I don't alreadyknow."
But, hopefully this will help those of you who were like me until recently and doing something rather foolish.
What am I talking about? Airbrushing without an airbrush booth.
"What is that?" You ask.
"I have plenty of ventilation...what more do I need" you might say.
Well, an airbrush booth greatly helps the ventilation situation and helps pull those nasty fumes created from airbrushing away from you...and helps keep you healthy.
First, let's talk about what an airbrush leaves behind besides the paint on your model. Depending on the amount of air pressure you use and the level of paint released you have a certain amount of "overspray." That is all of the paint that "misses" your model. It has to go somewhere. The more pressure and paint you use the more overspray is created. Most of it goes behind the model and into the backstop you set up. Some of it just hangs in the air around the model and builds up the more you paint. Here is where ventilation is important. A good flow of air will help disperse that cloud and keep it from building quickly...but build it will eventually. Unless you have a good breeze going, there will still be some type of cloud around the model...and that means it is also around you.