AIRBRUSH TRANSPARENT EXTENDER contains 100% acrylic binder system that is designed to modify Golden Airbrush Colours for increased transparency and film hardness. It is also useful for thinning thicker paints and mediums to achieve the proper viscosity for spraying. Used alone, Extender has the same excellent spray and film-forming characteristics of the Airbrush Colours. Engineered to meet the highest standards of professional airbrush illustrators, Golden Airbrush Transparent Extender possesses excellent spraying properties and is formulated to minimize tip build-up, clogging and surface defects.
Golden Airbrush Transparent Extender can be blended with GOLDEN Opaque or Transparent Airbrush Colours in any ratio desired, allowing artists to precisely control the transparency of the colours. These attributes are very important for techniques such as shading and smooth gradations.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION - GOLDEN Airbrush Transparent Extender is a 100% acrylic binder system that is designed to modify GOLDEN Airbrush Colours and High Flow Acrylics for increased transparency and film hardness. Engineered to meet the highest standards of professional airbrush illustrators, Airbrush Transparent Extender possesses excellent spraying properties and is formulated to minimize tip build-up, clogging and surface defects.
PRODUCT APPLICATION - Airbrush Transparent Extender can be blended with GOLDEN Airbrush Colors or High Flow Acrylics in any ratio desired, allowing artists to precisely control of the transparency of the colours. These attributes are very important for techniques such as shading and smooth gradations.
Airbrush Transparent Extender can also be used with any of the GOLDEN Heavy Body, Fluid, High Load, and Iridescent & Interference Acrylics. When the mixture of Paint and Airbrush Medium exceeds a ratio of 1:2 or more, the Extender can be added to further thin and extend. This will keep the retarder level balanced for a quicker drying film, without sacrificing spray-ability. GOLDEN Airbrush Medium is useful to make products spray better, but it can quickly over-compensate the amount of needed retarding agents. Such an overload will hurt the drying and increase the likelihood of Frisket1 pull-up (see below).
Blending Suggestions - Stir gently to ensure homogeneity before blending with GOLDEN Airbrush Colours or High Flow Acrylics. Also mix Airbrush Colours and High Flow Acrylics according to label directions before blending with Extender. Any ratio of Airbrush Transparent Extender to Airbrush Colour or High Flow Acrylics can be used. Generally, a ratio of 5 to 10 parts Transparent Extender to 1 part (by volume) Colour is a useful starting point to yield adequate transparency. Careful blending is required to minimize foam generation, as excessive shaking or stirring readily entraps air bubbles which may result in surface defects.
Water can also be used with Transparent Extender and the Airbrush Colours or High Flow Acrylics, but doing so will reduce the spray-ability and frisket performance that the Transparent Extender enhances. When using water with the Transparent Extender, a 1:2 ratio of water to Transparent Extender is the maximum amount of water recommended.
Spraying Iridescent and Interference Colours - Beyond the Iridescent paints offered in GOLDEN High Flow Acrylics, GOLDEN also has a broader range of both Iridescent and Interference colours in Fluids and Heavy Body, and both of these can be reduced with Airbrush Transparent Extender for spray-applications. Generally, the Airbrush Medium is recommended for reducing Fluid Acrylics; however, testing has shown the reflectance to be higher when Airbrush Transparent Extender is used instead. The lower level of retarders in the Extender will allow for faster drying times when spraying larger areas with an even film.
Frisketing/Masking Techniques - When frisketing is of critical importance, GOLDEN Airbrush Transparent Extender should be used to extend the Airbrush Colours and High Flow Acrylics. This combination dries more quickly, friskets extremely well, and has excellent spray performance. GOLDEN Airbrush Medium also functions as an extender for Airbrush Colours and High Flow Acrylics for applications requiring greater transparency and greater open time (slower drying). Because of the slower drying, using the Airbrush Medium with the Airbrush Colours or High Flow Acrylics may result in poor frisket performance (colour pulling up with the frisket or mask), unless the film is completely allowed to dry.
Drying Recommendations - When frisketing or working with loose masks, allow adequate time for the paint film to dry and refrain from using excessive force during frisket application. Generally, a 10-minute drying time is recommended; however, this time can change dramatically in relation to climatic conditions. High humidity (greater than 80% RH) and/or low temperatures (less than 60oF) will slow the drying process. Low humidity (less than 40% RH) and/or high temperatures (greater than 80oF) will speed the drying process.
Use of a hair dryer or heat lamp can be used to shorten drying times, but exercise caution as excessive heat can warp the illustration board, and/or create air bubbles under any frisket in place, or interfere with film formation and yield a fragile film.
General Information - Paint on any non-oily surface. Non-absorbent surfaces should be abraded for increased adhesion. Clean tools with soap and water. Keep tools wet during use. Do not allow product to dry in airbrush. Clean airbrush with water, ammonia/water, alcohol or miscellaneous household cleaners (however, consider effect of cleaner on airbrush parts, such as rings and seals).