I am having issues airbrushing Alclad II Aluminum. I used the smooth side of a CD as my practice surface. I sprayed Alclad II Aluminum and noticed that I got a textured finish, this did not happen when I used Alclad II Chrome. I started researching this issue online and someone suggested that I thin the Alclad II Aluminum with lacquer. I tried different ratios as follows:
1. 1 part thinner to 1 part Alclad II Aluminum.
2. 2 part thinner to 1 part Alclad II Aluminum.
2. 3 part thinner to 1 part Alclad II Aluminum.
Although there was an improvement, I still got a textured finish. I had the pressure on my compressor set to < 20 PSI. Someone else that I talked to online suggested that I set my air pressure to 10 - 12 PSI 15 tops!
I also read online that there could be a chance that the batch might be bad and you can test this by putting a small amount on your index finger and thumb and start rubbing. If your two fingers start to stick, then you have a bad batch and that it what happened to me. I contacted Alclad and they said that this could be a result of the bottle not being tightened enough. Please note that I tried the same test with Alclad II Chrome and it dried up and never got sticky.
As a next test, I will set my pressure to around 10 - 12 PSI. and thin is to 3 part thinner to 1 part Alclad II Aluminum.
I also bought a new bottle of Alclad II Aluminum.
Has anyone else experience this same problem?