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Gordon Forbes

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Post Mon Nov 03, 2003 7:31 pm

what paint can i airbrush onto vinyl?

I was lookin through the older posts and noticed that Steve and Alan had used an airbrush on vinyl.
Could any of the tow of you please tell me what type of paint you used and what did you seal it with when done??
I'm thinking that you may have sealed them first and then applied the vinyl is that correct and if so how does it apply
cheers for any info.
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Post Mon Nov 03, 2003 7:49 pm

Hi Gordon and welcome to the site.

You really should visit here:

https://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=412?t=1439

Part with a bit of cash and then you'll have access to the fantastic demo forum, where Alan has done a really great demo on air brushing vinyl with a chrome effect.

Also another nifty tip is to use the search function, as many before have asked about airbrushing including my good self!!

Have fun!
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Gordon Forbes

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Post Mon Nov 03, 2003 11:10 pm

Great minds must think alike already have parted wi me cash and am waiting for the registration to go through
thanks
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Post Tue Nov 04, 2003 12:18 am

Hi Gordon,

A few paints you can use are:

Createx Autoair.

Coloured Frog Juice.

Deka Signair (if you can still get it??)

For a while now I’ve been using Halford’s own brand touch-up paints, mainly because I can pop down the town and pick some up anytime they’re open.

Paint and seal before you weed.

Have fun,
Alan
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Post Tue Nov 04, 2003 11:05 am

Alan pretty sure you can't get Deka anymore, Gordon I use similar to Alan and also I clear coat my stuff with Frog Juice, but buy it by the tin not an aerosol as its to flippin expensive or you can also use 1Shot Speed Dry UV Acrylic clearcoat. Give AS Handover a call for airbrush paints 020 7359 4696
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Alan

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Post Tue Nov 04, 2003 12:26 pm

Steve Broughton wrote:Alan pretty sure you can't get Deka anymore,


I may well have one of the only remaining supplies left in the country then :( and it’s well run down now.


To make it easy to get small amounts from the Frog Juice or the 1Shot can, pierce a small hole in the edge of the lid and use a large self-tapping screw as a stopper. You can now take out the screw, turn the can upside down and squeeze out the amount required. (Don’t forget to shake the can well beforehand and replace the screw when done)
For small amounts that I use with a brush I keep an eggcup full in a small jam jar with a screw top lid.

Simple tips but very effective.


Alan
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Post Fri Nov 07, 2003 9:43 pm

great paint

use createx autoair, great colours, were 46 now there are 150, all blendable, acrylic & safe. sticks like s**t to a blanket & I should know!
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Mike Grant

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Post Sat Nov 08, 2003 1:05 pm

I use vinyl printing inks, which is all very well if you are a screen printer but could prove costly if your not.
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Post Sat Nov 08, 2003 2:52 pm

Mike do you thin the vinyl inks down??

I do screenprinting and so have all the inks, and have been keen to give airbrushing a go.
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Post Sat Nov 08, 2003 11:31 pm

Lorrain, yes you must thin the vinyl down much further than you would for printing. My measure would be about 80% thinners to 20% ink.
Use a course needle and the rest is experimentation. If the ink is spotty thin it down more. You will soon get the hang of it.

One thing though, have a hair dryer to dry the inks quickly if doing a large area as the thinners may pickle the vinyl as it makes the vinyl very soft. Dont be tempted to spray it all in one go. And always spray before weeding as the ink wont dry on the bare liner paper. And another hint draw lightly around the lettering so that you can see where your spraying.
Also leave the sprayed lettering (if it's been sprayed heavily) for at least a day before weeding as it is very easy to lift edges and distort them if weeded when still to soft.
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Post Sat Nov 08, 2003 11:50 pm

Here is one I did earlier......

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Image

Sign is approx 2meters long.
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Post Sun Nov 09, 2003 4:47 pm

Great stuff Mike

The lettering looks real hot (hot) and that’s a very delicate fade out on the blue, your inks obviously work very well.


Alan

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