Tips For Using Artist's Air

If YOU have any tips for other artists, please let us know.

• Because of the type of motor ARTIST’S AIR has, the LOW setting is most effective, after the motor runs for a brief period on either HIGH or MEDIUM setting first. When you turn it down to LOW, you will notice a stronger air flow than if you had turned it directly from the OFF position to LOW.

• If you are using a painting surface much smaller than 30 inches wide, you will get a better flow of air at the painting by covering the collection box screen on either side of the painting surface.

• For paintings larger than 30 inches wide you may find it best to shift your surface so that the area you are painting is above the collection box. If you normally paint larger you may want to consider a 42 inch collection box. We do not normally stock this size, as it is a special order and has a different design. Please call us for more information if you are interested in this size.

• Let your ARTIST’S AIR run on at least low for a while after you finish painting to scrub any remaining pollutants from the air. Artists working with oil and acrylic often keep their filter unit running all night on low to clean pollutants that off-gas from their paintings and pallet. It only uses as much electricity as a small light bulb.

• Pastel artists, do NOT blow dust off your surface. Flick off excess dust, by tapping your surface, instead. This will direct most of the dust into the unit.

• Each bend in the flexible hose cuts down the air flow a little. Try to keep it as straight as easily possible, but don't fret about it. After you have been using your Artist's Air system for a few months, determine if you can do without all 10 feet of the flexible hose. For example, if you always keep the filter unit within 6 feet of the collection box you may want to cut the length down to 8 ft. (you need about a half-foot at either end for the connections). Use scissors and wire cutters. Be careful not to cut off too much. The hose costs $38.

From Roger Davis, Colorado: I often erase with a bristle brush or sand paper and working a foot or more above the box can result in dust escaping the down-draft. I solved that problem by holding a piece of foam core on the box several inches from the painting, thereby forming a narrow channel for the airflow, as I brush off the area to be cleaned. I also use a brush to clean pastels and now I can do that without leaving my easel. Thanks for engineering such a neat system — Roger.

• There is an easy and less costly way to purchase the black prefilter that goes in the collection box. It is the same material that Honeywell sells for its mass produced room filters. To save money: 1) puchase Honeywell's Universal Replacement Pre-Filter Model HRF-AP1, which replaces the older# 38002. You can find it at most hardware stores and online. 2) It rolls out to about four feet. Cut it at 32 inches (81 cm) long. 3) Cut it along the serrated lines to make four 4-inch wide filters. So, one box of #38002 gives you four filters for your ARTIST’S AIR collection box at a substantial savings. We buy the same material from Honeywell, but in large quantity.

OTHER IMPORTANT HABITS TO KEEP:

• Keep solvent containers closed whenever possible.

• Cover pallets and pastel containers when they are not in use.

• Clean all surfaces of the studio often. Pollutants that settle on surfaces can be disturbed into the air or picked up by hands or clothing

• Keep all used rags in a steel can, with a steel top. Besides off-gassing problems, spontaneous combustion of solvent-laden rags is a serious fire hazard.

• Bringing food and drink in your studio is generally not a good habit. Pastel dust particles, the very fine, invisible particles, can settle in your coffee, water, etc. These can be ingested and remain in your system when in a soluble form.