GOLDEN High Flow Acrylics & Spray Bottles


Golden High Flow Acrylic paint that can go from brush to marker or from dip pen to airbrush and more. From fine lines to broad strokes, High Flow Acrylic has an ink-like consistency that lends itself to a wide range of techniques, including staining, leveling, calligraphy, and mixed media. Introduced as a replacement for GOLDEN Airbrush Colors in July of 2013, High Flow offers increased durability of dry paint and a larger palette of colors including Iridescent and Fluorescent colors, and more single-pigment colors that match the other GOLDEN color lines.


Here’s a little hack for Golden’s High Flow Acrylics. I tried to document it in photographs for you. There are large verities of empty spray bottles on the market from small sizes to larger sizes with a multitude of purposes. The ones I used are 2 oz. travel sizes found at most dollar stores but also at larger department stores.


You can fill the empty bottles with the High Flow for spraying and spritzing but I also discovered these 2 oz. travel size fit directly on the High Flow bottles themselves and are easy to clean up and can be switched from one bottle to the next.


Dunk it in a tub of water and give it several pumps to clean the line.


You can then switch to another color as the spray line is now clean.


To find out more about Golden products contact me to schedule a class or workshop.

If you happen to be in San Diego, I’ll be giving a free lecture and demonstration on September 6, 2015 from 2 to 4 PM at The Studio Door.

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HFAs spray very well through airbrushes with minimal clogging. Some pigments are not well suited for use in airbrushes with small nozzles and fine tips, so refer to the reference chart. Due to pigment particle differences, some colors will spray better than others (see GOLDEN’s website.) If thinning is required, add small amounts of water into the paint. When a high degree of extending is required, use the GOLDEN Airbrush Transparent Extender.

Preval sprayers, pump sprayers or other spray equipment not designed for good atomization are likely to produce uneven, slower drying results. Mouth Atomizers are NOT recommended.

Spray Equipment: The thin viscosity allows for spraying straight out of the container without the need for mediums or modifiers. Smaller airbrushes can be sprayed at 25-50 p.s.i. Larger spray equipment should be sprayed in the lower end of the equipment’s recommendations to reduce overspray. HVLP Systems may be used with this paint line, although the nozzle sizes should be smaller, such as 1.4mm to avoid over atomization of spray, which can result in a rougher, chalky paint surface.


*Always follow the recommended safety practices by the manufacture, for questions and further safety consult the GOLDEN website.

INHALATION HEALTH RISKS AND SYMPTOMS OF EXPOSURE: None expected under normal conditions of use.

Irritation of the nose, throat and lungs is associated with excessive exposure to ammonia, which may occur when large volumes of product are used in an area with limited ventilation.

GAC-400 Acrylic and GAC-900 Acrylic contain formaldehyde, which may irritate the respiratory system, or cause allergic reaction in sensitized individuals. See “Additional Hazards” for formaldehyde, below.

Overexposure to dusts and mists from sanding and spraying may be irritating to the respiratory tract. Chronic exposure to dusts and mists may cause pulmonary diseases.

EYE CONTACT HEALTH RISKS AND SYMPTOMS OF EXPOSURE: Contact may be slightly irritating to eyes. Absorbent Ground may cause moderate eye irritation.

SKIN CONTACT HEALTH RISKS AND SYMPTOMS OF EXPOSURE: Prolonged or repeated contact may be irritating to skin.

INGESTION HEALTH RISKS AND SYMPTOMS OF EXPOSURE: May cause irritation to gastrointestinal system.


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