Why should I buy Wildlife Airbrush Paints?

  • Smith Paints uses a ball mill to grind/mix all the pigments in the system. This makes the size of the pigment smaller, which in turn allows the paint to flow through the tip of the airbrush easier and with less clogs or spits.
  • Smith Paints uses the latest technology available to create a superior product. Not only is the resin on the cutting edge of technology, but also each inpidual raw material has been selected with the single purpose of making the best water based airbrush paint.
  • Smith Paints has set up a testing sequence to assure consistency of paint and reproducibility of color.

Do you sell transparent colors? We manufacture 2 toners that are transparent colors. They are used to soften the transition from one color to the next. The two transparent colors are T-600 Transparent Gold and T-601 Transparent Amber. All Wildlife Airbrush Paints can be transparent utilizing any one of the following methods:

  1. Apply a thin coat of paint to allow the color from underneath to show through the paint just applied.
  2. Add Wildlife C-840 Transparent Base to the paint in order to achieve the desired transparency.
  3. Add water to the paint in order to achieve desired transparency.
  4. A good starting point for most colors is 8 parts of transparent base to 2 parts of paint.

Of all these methods, the most popular is adding transparent base to the paint. This results in an added depth to the paint.

What is the shelf life of the paint? To date the shelf life has been tested for 5 years.

Can you use other paints with Wildlife Airbrush Paints? You can spray other products over or under our paint when it is dry. Do not mix the paints in their liquid state!

Can I freeze this product? This paint is freeze thaw stable, which means you can freeze it, thaw it out, shake it up and spray through an airbrush with no problem.

What finish do you recommend for going over Wildlife Airbrush Paints? You can use any finish over our product; 2-component urethane, epoxy, lacquers, spray can finishes, varnishes, water based finishes and others. Be mindful that the paint has to dry over night. If a faster dry is required, use a hair blower to dry the piece. When applying a finish, hold the gun 8-12 inches from the surface and repeatedly move the gun back and forth across the surface to be dried. Before painting an entire piece with finish, focus on a small section to make sure the paint is dry as well as compatible.

I currently use lacquer for my paints. What changes do I need to make in order to use Wildlife Airbrush Paints?

  • Lacquers dry faster, especially on base coats. When painting with Wildlife Airbrush Paints, if the paint looks wet when being applied, then you are putting on too much paint at one time. Stop applying paint until the surface is dry. Back away from the surface of the piece to allow more distance for the paint to dry before it hits the surface. You can also reduce the amount of paint being applied when using a dual action airbrush.
  • Water based products tend to have more opacity. When you layer colors, it takes less paint to get the same effect.
  • Lacquers have a much larger percentage of solvents compared to water based products. The water based products are much safer when considering flammability and health. The flash point on Wildlife Airbrush Paints is in excess of 200°F. The flash point on lacquers is from 25-45°F. Be very cautious when using lacquers in your home or shop. In addition to the flash point of lacquers, a lacquer's thinner has a strong odder. A respirator and adequate ventilation are recommended for your health and safety.

Remember, it is still important to have good ventilation when applying water based products even though the solvent make-up is 7% of the product by weight (compared to lacquers approx. 50%).

If I need to clean up the paint while I am working, what do I use?

  • If the paint is still wet, the paint can be cleaned up with water.
  • Use Windex® to clean your gun when changing colors.
  • If paint has completely dried or your airbrush was left out over night, use Wildlife Airbrush Paints C-800 Cleaner.
  • The best combination cleaner to date is: 1 part water, 1 part Windex and 1 part C-800.
  • Can I use lacquer thinner, acetone or alcohol to clean my airbrush?

For safety sake it is best not to use any of these solvents. They have much lower flash points than Wildlife C-800 and can present safety problems in the home or workshop. These products are also not compatible with our paint system, which can cause the resin to kick out of solution, resulting in problems with spraying. If you do use these products, make sure that all of the solvent and any particles of paint are completely cleaned out and dried before spraying with Wildlife Airbrush Paints.

Can I remove the paint from a piece if I make a mistake or just want to start over? What if the paint has dried for a week or more? As long as the paint has not been top coated with a finish, the paint can be removed. Take Wildlife C-800 Cleaner and spray on the area or piece that you want to clean off. Allow the cleaner to stay on the surface for 5 to 10 minutes, and then reapply C-800 a second time. The paint should flow right off of the surface no matter how long it has been dry.

What should I use to thin the paint?
Wildlife Airbrush Paints are infinitely compatible with water. Use 1 part water to 10 parts of paint or 1 part paint to 10 parts of water or anything in between. Remember, by thinning the paint, you are not reducing the quality of the paint but applying a thinner coat of the same material.

My gun spits when I am trying to do detail work. What can I do? This is definitely the most widely asked question! In a cup which holds approximately 1/4 oz. of paint, add three drops of water and three drops of C-810 Wildlife Retarder. This will slow down the dry and allow the paint to get beyond the tip without a build up.


Do you need a primer with Wildlife Airbrush Paints? When doing a skin mount, you may want to use our C-860 Fungicidal Sealer more for mold resistance than for adhesion. For fiberglass use O-100 Touch-up White to block out variations in color. For any other application, the paint will adhere extremely well to a wide variety of surfaces. On base coats where you are applying a heavy coat of paint, take 10-20 minutes depending on the temperature, the humidity and airflow. There is no delay required between applications of color.

How long do I have to wait between coats? On base coats where you are applying a heavy coat of paint, take 10-20 minutes depending on the temperature, the humidity and airflow. There is no delay required between applications of color.

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