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How to Care for Airbrush T-Shirts, Hats, Bags, and Tattoos

Airbrush t-shirts, hats, bags, and tattoos are unique and vibrant, but they require specific care to maintain their longevity and beauty. Whether it’s a t-shirt, hat, bag, or temporary tattoo, following these care instructions can help your airbrush art last longer and stay looking fresh.

General Care Tips

Before diving into specific care instructions for each item, it’s important to note that many people treat their airbrush items roughly, washing them with regular clothes, drying on high heat, and still, the designs look great. We’ve seen college students wearing t-shirts we painted a year ago, with colors still looking vibrant. However, for those looking to ensure their airbrush gear lasts as long as possible, here are some expert care tips.

Learn proper care tips for airbrushed apparel to keep it looking its best.
Although there are best practices for keeping your airbrush swag vibrant, these 3 college students showed up to an event wearing shirts we painted for them last year.

How to Care for Your Airbrush T-Shirts

Airbrush t-shirts are a popular canvas for custom designs. To keep the colors bright and the design intact, here are some tips:

  • Initial Cure Time:
    • Quick Drying: Most airbrush designs are dry enough to wear within 5 minutes. However, humidity and rain can extend this time up to 4 times longer.
    • Wait Before Washing: To preserve the longevity of the design, wait about a week before washing your airbrush t-shirt for the first time.
    • Speed Up Curing: Before washing, further adhere the paint to the fabric by putting the t-shirt in a dryer, ironing, or using a hairdryer.
  • Washing Instructions:
    • Inside Out: Turn the t-shirt inside out to protect the design.
    • Cold Water: Wash in cold water to prevent colors from fading.
    • Gentle Cycle: Use a gentle cycle to avoid harsh agitation.
  • Drying Instructions:
    • Air Dry: Hang the t-shirt to dry. Avoid using a dryer after the initial curing process to prevent heat damage to the paint.
    • Avoid Ironing: Do not iron directly on the airbrush design.

Caring for Airbrush Hats

Hats can be tricky due to their shape and material. Here are some tips to keep your airbrush hat looking great:

  1. Avoid Washing: It’s best not to wash airbrush hats. Spot clean with a damp cloth if necessary.
  2. Storage: Store hats in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading.

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Caring for Airbrush Bags

Tote bags and other fabric bags with airbrush designs can last a long time with proper care:

  • Material Matters:
    • Canvas Bags: These can be washed. Turn inside out and wash in cold water on a gentle cycle. Hang to dry.
    • Nylon Bags: Avoid washing as it can damage the design. Spot clean with a damp cloth if needed.

Caring for Airbrush Tattoos

Temporary airbrush tattoos are fun and easy to apply, but they need proper care to maximize their longevity:

  • Longevity Factors:
    • Location: Tattoos on areas of the body that rub against clothes or other body parts will wear out faster due to abrasion. Sweat also affects longevity.
    • Keep Dry: Use baby powder throughout the day to keep the tattoo dry. Showering is fine, but avoid scrubbing the tattoo. Pat dry instead of rubbing.
  • Removal:
    • Gentle Removal: Use cold cream, make-up remover, rubbing alcohol, or baby oil to remove the tattoo if needed.
    • Duration: If kept dry and in a low-abrasion area, an airbrush tattoo can last 5–7 days.

General Tips for Longevity

  • Avoid Direct Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can fade the colors of airbrush designs.
  • Handle with Care: Be mindful of how you handle and wear your airbrush items. Abrasion and rough handling can damage the design.

By following these care instructions, you can ensure that your airbrush t-shirts, hats, bags, and tattoos stay vibrant and beautiful for as long as possible.


We at Airbrush Events love seeing our designs pop up everywhere, especially years after our clients initially receive their items. Events are our specialty, and we pride ourselves on being true event professionals. Level up your next event by hiring Airbrush Events to create unforgettable experiences with custom airbrush designs.

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