Omg! Airbrush Overspray Everywhere!!!

Decorating By mygirlssweet Updated 5 Apr 2011 , 5:35pm by mygirlssweet

mygirlssweet Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 4:19am
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I was airbrushing for the first time today, and when I was done and was cleaning up, I realized that the whole basement was covered in green (the color I was using). It didn't look like it just to look, but if you wiped you got green. I had to wash the whole basement. Doors, blinds, base boards, EVERYTHING!!! I washed the floor 3 times and I can still get green off of it. Is there anyway I can use my airbrush indoors without this happening? Obviously, I can't wipe everything down everytime I want to airbrush. HELP!!!

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Jenn2179 Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 4:24am
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I made a booth with an old cardboard box. Just wait until you blow your nose!

mygirlssweet Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 4:28am
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Oh, I did have a three sided box panels in behind.

cheatize Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 4:30am
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I feel your pain. I once spray painted something in my dining room and it traveled through 3 other rooms, too. There's probably still spots hanging around here.

gramofgwen Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 4:44am
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Cover your table or counter with sheet vinyl from Walmart and also get a tri-fold science project cardboard from Walmart. That's what works for me.

leeann76 Posted 4 Apr 2011 , 1:28pm
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SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME! I have only used mine once. I was airbrushing my daughter's cake, HOT PINK AND ORANGE...I had no idea it went everywhere until I started wiping stuff off and EVERYTHING was pink and orange. Countertops, walls, floors, chairs, cabinets. It wasn't until after everyone had tracked it thru the house did I realize it. When I took a bath, the water turned orange! So now I can't use my airbrush icon_sad.gif

dchockeyguy Posted 4 Apr 2011 , 1:40pm
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Cakesafe makes an airbrushing station with a fan to suck the airbrush colors up.

CakeInfatuation Posted 4 Apr 2011 , 1:44pm
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I've seen some people airbrush near a window with a box fan in it sucking the air out. That way the overspray is drawn outside. It's less expensive than the airbrush booth by Cake Safe. Although... I see one at some point in my future.

I airbrush often and the over spray really is insane.

ibmoser Posted 4 Apr 2011 , 5:47pm
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You might try lowering your pressure. High pressure will create some serious overspray.

Marianna46 Posted 4 Apr 2011 , 6:08pm
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I've just ordered an airbrush and can't wait to get into using it, but this sounds quite dismaying! Funny, in the instructional videos I've seen it doesn't look like the spray is going everywhere. Do you suppose they know something we don't?

Babs1964 Posted 4 Apr 2011 , 6:11pm
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I'm converting an old tin shower stall. I'm going to paint & sealcoat the inside, put a plastic liner on the top of it and then a clear vinyl liner over the door with slits in it for my arms. Not 100% sure it will work but it won't cost much to try as I already have the stall.

leeann76 Posted 4 Apr 2011 , 6:35pm
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Marianna, when you use it, it doesn't look like it is going everywhere. You won't realize it until you go to wipe things down with a wet washcloth. That's when you realize it has went everywhere!!!

Cookingkimber Posted 4 Apr 2011 , 6:36pm
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I feel everyones pain here. I did the same thing a few weeks ago. I was using my airbrush for the first time and thought I was well prepared until I went to go deliver the cake and had green in my nose and I think I am still finding green when I wipe everthing down. I am affraid to airbrush again until I can get an enclosure.

mygirlssweet Posted 5 Apr 2011 , 2:18am
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I had my dad make a folding enclosure with a bathroom fan built into the back and a plexiglass top. I put my cake inside, turn on the fan (with some paper towel inside and on the out spout) and airbrush. Works wonderful and I NEVER have overspray anymore.

Loucinda Posted 5 Apr 2011 , 3:16am
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Nothing works as well as the airbrush booth from - I have tried them. The fan in that booth is soo much more powerful than any "bathroom" exhaust fan. I get NO overspray, ANYWHERE now. It is without a doubt one of the best tools you can buy if you are going to do airbrushing. Bar none. It is worth every penny.

afunk Posted 5 Apr 2011 , 3:43am
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Oh yes! I've experienced an overspray disaster myself! I thought I was sooo brilliant to spray red in my 3 sided box with clear vinyl on top, in a stall shower in a bathroom that we don't use. I thought "well if there's overspray I can just turn on the water and wash it away." Uh, no. It still got everywhere, I had to clean the bathroom and then myself. I did blow my nose at one point and thought it was bloody for a second. Later I noticed the red had worked it's way into the medicine cabinet and into the closed toilet!! Crazy!
My family decided I need a hazmat suit and a quarantine room with a drain. icon_lol.gif

In retrospect it was totally worth it, the cake looked fantastic. (the red loop de loop in my photos)

mygirlssweet Posted 5 Apr 2011 , 5:32pm
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My booth is very similar to cakesafe and let me tell you it didn't even cost a fraction of what they are charging. I love mine and my overspray is history.

mygirlssweet Posted 5 Apr 2011 , 5:35pm
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My booth is very similar to cakesafe and let me tell you it didn't even cost a fraction of what they are charging. I love mine and my overspray is history.

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