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Using Airbrush

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    David Bass


    Finally had a great day to sit out back and put finished on my completed carvings. I used an airbrush to apply the Zinser Shellac, but watching your video is seems to be wetter. Do you thin down your shellac before spraying it on?

    I know it went on because I could see it applied, but I don’t have that glossy look. It looks like, well like it’s been airbrushed. I feel like I am doing something wrong. I just can’t quite place my finger on it. The only thing I can think of is you thin your’s down somehow to get a better flow.

    Hints and tips would be appreciated.



    Marty Leenhouts

    Hey David,

    Good observation because it is necessary for me to thin down all materials I spray with my airbrush.

    Usually it is about 50/50 for me but it will  differ for you depending on your air brush nozzle.

    Shellac thins with denatured alcohol, lacquer with lacquer thinner, paint with whatever the base to the paint is. Acrylic is water, enamels are paint thinner, etc.

    Looking forward to seeing your results!


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