It is invisible. Sometimes you notice it, but most of the time you don't. Everyone tends to ignore its presence, but if you are airbrushing, it is there… right in front of you…assaulting you continuously. Almost all airbrush artists know it exists, and yet they do not fear it. What is this insidious danger that airbrush artists feel they are immune to?
It's the paint in your gun. Rather, the paint coming out of your gun in the form of overspray. If you airbrush without a mask in a non-ventilated environment, your lungs become the air filter for the room, and that stuff you inhale sticks to your lungs. You can't often see it, but overspray can hang in the air for hours, invading your body with each breath you take.
Most airbrush artists dismiss the danger, perhaps because they feel invincible. After all, It’s easy to dismiss a hazard that you hardly notice. Besides, wearing a mask on a hot summer day isn't the most comfortable feeling. However, the damage to your lungs over the years adds up.
It’s never too late to stop the damage. Next time you pick up your airbrush, pick up your mask, and wear it. To quote veteran airbrush artist Mark Rush: "airbrush in your hand - mask on your face." You will breathe easier.