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I keep getting tiny hairs in my fresh paint. I don't know if they are coming out of my airbrush but it seems that way. I usually wipe down my booth before painting, but it isn't helping. I also thought they might be coming out of my booth filter, but I just put a new one in. Also, I've been mixing paints in Tamiya jars and just saving the leftovers for later, could that be an issue? Any thoughts from the experts.

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Do you have any animals in the house? If so, that's your problem. Well, it's my problem, anyway.

 

Kev

I have cats, but they aren't allowed where I work and their hairs are much longer. The hairs I am getting are all black, frizzy, thin, and very short. I didn't seem to have this issue during my last model, making me think either my airbrush or paint got contaminated in some way.

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I doubt it would be your airbrush or paint. Hairs large enough to see on the model would clog most airbrushes pretty quickly. It still could be pet hair - specifically from the undercoat, which may be much finer than the heavy outer fur or hair. Cat hair, in particular, can go pretty much anywhere it likes, and I've found it in places that just don't make sense at all. They're often transported there on your clothing.

 

One thing you can do to help combat it is give your paint booth a misty spray of water about 10-15 minutes before using it, and then wipe it down shortly before doing any airbrushing. The water will help settle out any contaminants in the surrounding air. It's something I should do a lot more often myself!

 

Kev

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I doubt it would be your airbrush or paint. Hairs large enough to see on the model would clog most airbrushes pretty quickly. It still could be pet hair - specifically from the undercoat, which may be much finer than the heavy outer fur or hair. Cat hair, in particular, can go pretty much anywhere it likes, and I've found it in places that just don't make sense at all. They're often transported there on your clothing.

 

One thing you can do to help combat it is give your paint booth a misty spray of water about 10-15 minutes before using it, and then wipe it down shortly before doing any airbrushing. The water will help settle out any contaminants in the surrounding air. It's something I should do a lot more often myself!

 

Kev

I will try this tomorrow. Painting is my favorite part of the process and it's very frustrating when I have to paint something 3 times to get it right. This model has just fought me every which way from the start.

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Another possibility is that you have some uncleaned paint inside your airbrush and the solvent in your fresh paint could be causing it to come out? Just throwing that out there.

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Another possibility is that you have some uncleaned paint inside your airbrush and the solvent in your fresh paint could be causing it to come out? Just throwing that out there.

I just broke the whole thing down a few days ago because it was blowing chunks of old paint. I may do it again to be sure.

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I just ran my lint roller all over my both and turn table, and boy did it pick up a ton of stuff, lots of hairs. I think I may start doing this before I spray/wipe the booth down.

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I do as Kev said and spray down my painting area before I paint. I do not wipe it up prior to painting and leave it there so it traps all the dust etc in the air. I am especially cautious around gloss coats etc.

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I make sure that I am not wearing a woolly jumper or anything that could "shed" when I am airbrushing got caught out once before by wearing a jumper, plus I once used cotton buds to clean out my airbrush, another bad idea.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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I make sure that I am not wearing a woolly jumper or anything that could "shed" when I am airbrushing got caught out once before by wearing a jumper, plus I once used cotton buds to clean out my airbrush, another bad idea.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

What do you use instead of q-tips to clean down where the cup meets the gun?

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