What is Dirty Down?
These specialty ageing sprays are named Dirty Down because they ‘dirty things down’. Unlike readily available trade and graffiti spray paints, the Dirty Down fine mist deposits a semi-transparent layer of coloured dye that makes things look old and dirty. Ageing sprays are water soluble and can be smeared and reworked with sponges and other paint tools to create a range of scenic effects. Apply to costumes, props, fabric, furniture, paper, plastic, leather, glass, metal and much more. Fast drying. Ozone Friendly.
An asset to all creative departments. Used in film, television and theatre for over 30 years.
How to use dirty down
Ageing spray may cause permanent staining. Test before use on off-cuts or hidden surfaces, and then wash to check for any staining.
Ensure surfaces are dry and grease free.
Mask areas not to be sprayed.
Shake can before use.
Use sparingly, apply several fine coats rather than one heavy coat. The shade will darken with each coat applied.
Hold can upright 30cm (12 inches) away from the surface, and spray across the surface in one smooth sweep, keeping the nozzle fully depressed. Spots of concentrated dye may appear if the button is only partially depressed.
For small patches, spray through holes cut in a piece of paper.
For dark patches, spray closer to the surface.
Heavy spraying may drip or puddle.
Smear the spray by re-wetting with water, and then dabbing or rubbing with a damp or wet cloth. With some fabrics it’s easier to smear by wetting the sprayed fabric and then rubbing the wet area together between your hands. Smearing is easier when the spray is still wet, but is also possible after the spray has fully dried. It may not be possible to smear spray applied to absorbent surfaces.
May not adhere to some polished surfaces.
Our ageing sprays are water soluble and the effects of spraying will be lost by washing in water, but there may still be staining.
Do not use outside in wet weather.
Wash fabrics in cold water with clothes detergent and use stain remover if necessary; follow manufacturer’s instructions. Wash non-absorbent surfaces such as plastic, with mild detergent and water. Methylated spirits can be effective in removing ageing spray but may cause damage; follow manufacturer’s instructions.
"Dirty Down has a wide range of colours and is great to have on set when items such as Cars/Rego Plates & set pieces need an instant aged look. Would highly recommend!"
Aly Imai - Art Department Assistant
Reef Break (QLD)
"Absolutely love Dirty Down, I use it to age all of our hero bags and books, anything really. We save so much time in terms of ageing."
Sophie Durham- Property Buyer / Property Master
Nowhere Boys, Holding the Man (Vic)
"The Business! Brilliant, fast breakdown in a can! Realistic finish in a great range of colours."
Charlie O'Brien - Art Director
American Tourister, RACV, Target, Schweppes ALT, Bunnings (Vic)
"Working in immersive theatre, Dirty Down is an essential part of my kit. Its perfect for ageing props, furniture, walls and costumes quickly and is very easy to use. I would highly recommend this to anyone working in the art department."
Helen Turton - Production Designer
The Underground Cinema (Vic, NSW)
"DIrty Down allows you to age set and props like an experienced scenic artist. These ageing effects can be achieved by anyone, anywhere and anytime. Dirty Down is an asset to any department."
material safety data sheet
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