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 Post subject: Eliminating the Smell
PostPosted: Mon 13 Jun 2016 13:55 pm 
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Hey everyone. Maybe a silly question but it's quite vital for me.

Is there any possibility to eliminate (or minimize to the level of Gunze's at least) the smell of enamel paints while airbrushing ? I know the chemicals inside, i know the vaporization of the paint hangs on the air and all kind of stuff, but maybe there's a certain kind of solvent or element of solvent which is still capable of solving the paint and also does not smell as much as the generic lacquer or synthetic thinners. :shrug:

Painting booth is not an option anymore, as i disposed it after converting into Vallejo's, just because of their simplicity of using and kinda good smell :angel:


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PostPosted: Mon 13 Jun 2016 14:04 pm 
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Not sure there would be anything to help the smell as the thinners/solvents usually smell as bad as the paint itself (or worse). I guess in the absence of a painting booth have a well ventilated room. Or change to actylics. I use Vallejo model air and they also have a fairly strong odour. The best I have found are Revell Aquacolour that are virtually odourless.


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PostPosted: Mon 13 Jun 2016 14:14 pm 
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I've converted into Model Air's as well; they smell too, but not like Gunze's or enamels; it's actually bearable, even smells funny :P


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PostPosted: Mon 13 Jun 2016 14:39 pm 
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Yes, Vallejo are quite a strange sweet smell, almost chocolatey.


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PostPosted: Mon 13 Jun 2016 17:10 pm 
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Good ventilation.
I burn scent sticks after a painting session.

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PostPosted: Mon 13 Jun 2016 17:38 pm 
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To eliminate the smell from your thinners, you could try low odour white spirit, which is fairly widely available and much more pleasant to deal with.

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PostPosted: Mon 13 Jun 2016 19:09 pm 
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Some people swear by crushed charcoal, bowls or buckets of water and candles to eliminate smells when decorating rooms. I haven't tried any of these methods in my modelling den but have ordered some small bags of charcoal to try. They are usually used in cars but I should imagine they will work in my den.

BTW, the worst modelling smell is the one that some modellers bring to model shows! I recommended the ScotsNats show at Perth to my elderly neighbours a few years ago and they almost passed out from the smell of B.O!

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PostPosted: Mon 13 Jun 2016 19:24 pm 
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Some good suggestions, but for candles around fumes? SHMBO, just complains, about smelling the house out, and shuts the door, (hobby room).
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If you have too many fumes that lighting a candle would be dangerous, then you are not taking the right precautions when painting!

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A fresh onion cut into quarters helps eliminate many odours, including paint smells.

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PostPosted: Mon 13 Jun 2016 22:45 pm 
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Is it not just the smell of the onions that masks the smell the fumes?


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Febreze (other air/fabric sprays are available)? If it does half what it says in the adverts ...

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I can't help but notice that painting with a brush is never considered a viable option in discussions like this. Why? I've demonstrated that it can be done but that means nothing? Why this determination to ignore this alternative? If you seriously want to avoid putting volatile organic compounds into the air you breathe, then you should consider using a brush. But before you do, put aside the mentality that it's "third rate" or "juvenile" and that it won't work. If you learn how, it works. Brush painters who do real quality work are not numerous because of this overwhelming prejudice that only spray painting can provide good results. It's just a prejudice, like that one that says you can't run a marathon or make a million. It's in your mind.

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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jun 2016 07:07 am 
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For me, brush painting is way much harder than airbrushing most interestingly. Besides, it takes a long time to achieve as smooth finished as airbrushes with hairy sticks.


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