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I have been using an airbrush for many years in my art work and when I finally got the chance I used it on my first cake a few weeks ago and was really pleased with the results. So when it came time to do a wedding cake, I thought well the air brush thing worked well, what about this can of lustre spray I have?
I was absolutely appalled at the amount of particulates that were floating in the air and settling on everything after I used the PME pearl lustre spray. I use my laptop a lot when I design cakes and it happened to be sitting on a table nearby, thankfully I have a plastic cover that fits over the keyboard, and IT got pearl particles on it as well! I thought, how much of this am I inhaling? Should I be wearing a mask? Should I have taken the whole lot out into the backyard and sprayed it there in the rain? LOL. Will Bones every get it on with Booth? can you nail jello to a wall? All pertinent questions that need answers I'm sure. ROFL
I will only be using my airbrush from now on as there is next to no floating particles or overspray when I use it. 
Does this happen to others who use this type of product?

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Hi Bettina - I don't have an airbrush machine, so when I want that kind of look I typically use the Wilton aerosol color or Duff's new graffiti spray.  Yes, you do get a lot of particulates in the air, and it will settle onto nearby objects.  I try and make sure I'm working on a cleared surface and then use paper towels to protect parts of the cake I don't want sprayed as I'm spraying.  I've never sprayed an entire cake, though, just small detail parts.  I've noticed the color does wipe off easily with water if I do get some on my counters.
I guess having worked with an airbrush a lot, I was appalled at how much flew off into the air. But I think the difference is that the luster sprays have a lot less moisture than the airbrush medium, therefore particles hit the cake or icing or whatever, some sticking and others being blown away again by the aerosol; as well as those rogue particles caught in the turbulence coming from nozzle.
Hmmm maybe I need to get outside for a while, as I feel I am obsessing a bit.

Hi Bettina,


I've never used an airbrush before but would like to try it as I've seen it done before and it looks very easy. I have used the aerosol sprays and yes they do spray alot of colour particles into the air :(

The only way around that is as Eileen S mentioned above to try and protect your work surface and other areas of the cake.

I also dont have an air brush, that's next on my wish list. I use the PME lustre spray. I take the cake outside on a tray table and on the turn table, I can spray and turn. I've learned from experience that alot of pearl particulas are in the air when I sprayed indoors, so lesson learned. I also use the pearl dust with a soft powder brush, that works too. You still get the dust, but its not as bad as the spray.

I bought an airbrush on ebay for 108.00 that included two brushes, and the air compressor.  The system works nicely but I do have to purchase a new gun.  the one that came with it i think is a cheap model. I doest soray luster dust very well and i came apart on me.  but if you use the 40% off coupon from hobby lobby you can get a good gun for about 45 or 50 dollars.  So guess where I am off to shop very soon!!

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