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I find it dif­fi­cult to air­brush mod­els ac­cu­rately while seated at a desk. Is there an ideal height for a spray booth? Paul Glenn, by e-mail

Ge­orge says: Phys­i­cal com­fort is a vi­tal as­pect when air­brush­ing, es­pe­cially with pre­ci­sion work such as weath­er­ing or free­hand de­tail paint­ing. If your arm and wrist are tense, you’re un­likely to re­tain full con­trol over the air­brush. Ad­di­tion­ally, fa­tigue will set in much quicker. I know many mod­ellers who pre­fer to stand while spray­ing as this al­lows them to move around the model more ef­fec­tively, en­sur­ing that paint reaches all of the nooks and cran­nies. This is also im­por­tant when em­ploy­ing aerosol paints. Ac­cord­ingly, the bed of the ex­trac­tion booth should be set at around chest height. While stand­ing is great for paint­ing over­all coats of paint, it may not be ideal for more del­i­cate work and our legs can be­come fa­tigued, as well as our arms! Sit­ting on a tall stool is an op­tion, but I pre­fer hav­ing a sur­face upon which I can rest my el­bows for steady, pre­cise work. In my work­shop, I’ve set my booth at an in­ter­me­di­ate height, raised 30cm from the top of the bench on a sim­ple tim­ber frame. The to­tal height of 130cm from the floor makes it equally suit­able for spray­ing while seated or stand­ing. We’re not all of the same stature, how­ever, so an el­e­ment of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion is re­quired to find the cor­rect height for your own needs.

It may be worth set­ting a spray booth at a va­ri­ety of heights un­til you find the most com­fort­able level. Ge­orge’s booth is raised on a sim­ple frame, which also pro­vides handy stor­age be­neath.

Air­brush­ing while stand­ing can be com­fort­able for some, but oth­ers pre­fer to sit.

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