Introduction: How to Paint With a Fire Extinguisher

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Graffiti is not funny.
Its not a joke.
Extinguishers are not fun.
They are serious.
Using an extinguisher to paint a wall is an act of pure anti-social behavior.
So is telling someone how to do it.

Step 1: Get a Fire Extinguisher

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First, find yourself an extinguisher. It cannot be a red extinguisher, it must be silver or chrome so that you can see your stupid distorted reflection on the side of it. It also can be identified by the "bicycle tire" valve on the top near the handle/trigger. You can often find these in industrial buildings and large school buildings.

Step 2: Empty Your Extinguisher

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Now, spray out the funky aged juices from within the extinguisher. Make sure it is empty and out of pressure before opening. Open using a large wrench.

Step 3: Fill the Extinguisher

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Get a bucket of water based paint. Decide what color to use. I recommend finding something that is dark or that is very light. Humanoids are likely to choose colors close to neutral gray to use on their homes and businesses to keep things calm. Go For Contrast. MAKE A FUNNEL and pour 3/4 of the paint into the empty extinguisher. fill a full bucket with water, AND USING THE FUNNEL,pour into extinguisher now containing paint. Close the beast aka seal the chamber. Tighten the top nut and shake vigorously.

Step 4: Pressurize the Extinguisher

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Take your filled organ to a gas station and get some change. You can pressurize an extinguisher with any sized pump you want. I've fully charged one using a dinky fuckin nike bike pump that was shaped kinda like a vibrator. But gas station air compressors are the quickest and are often manned by overworked immigrants who are barely conscious. Fill the extinguisher with air. You'll feel the paint begin to severely grumble and gurgle. This acts to mix the paint and water once again. Keep the pressure on for approximately 3min. I often will often fill it with air until the compressor turns off.

Step 5: Paint With Your Extinguisher

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Once you've reached your target make sure to check the nozzle on the hose for any dry paint or material that may block the flow. Test spray a few dots on the sidewalk to double check. Now the faster you move the better. It will replicate a hand drawn scribe if you are quick and calm. If you go to quick though you'll blow it and if you go too slow you'll run out of ammo.

TIPS: using different ratios of paint, water, and air will result in different types of spray,
more paint and water, and less air will give a thinner line.
More air than paint and water will result in a larger spray but will run out of paint very fast.


god1 (author)2017-04-25

Excellent, thank you. I will fill mine with goof-off graffiti remover to remove the vandalism in my area, or maybe gray paint to cover it over.

raylene856 (author)2016-03-08

sick widiit

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miguelmares (author)raylene8562016-03-20

I've seen your comments on a bunch of pages I've viewed. you tag?

miguelmares (author)2016-04-18

you're welcome. And no worries I won't delete the post

miguelmares (author)2016-04-18

you're welcome. And no worries I won't delete the post

miguelmares (author)2016-04-15

you're odd lol. You want me to send you screenshots of your self?

raylene856 (author)miguelmares2016-04-18

omg thankyou!

miguelmares (author)2016-04-15

cool pictures by the way,

miguelmares (author)2016-04-15

cool pictures by the way,

raylene856 (author)2016-04-14

or you can add my facebook: Raylene Benavente

miguelmares (author)raylene8562016-04-14

i haven't had a facebook in a while.. And I suppose I could do you a favor, depends on the favor.

raylene856 (author)miguelmares2016-04-15

oh i was gonna ask you if you could screenshot my pictures on FB and put them to me right here on these comments ;p

miguelmares (author)2016-04-14

Oh damn. I gotchu. Incarceration is wack, you get released soon right?

raylene856 (author)miguelmares2016-04-14

can you do me a favor?

miguelmares (author)2016-04-01

yeah, tagging is the best.

raylene856 (author)miguelmares2016-04-04

what do you write?

miguelmares (author)raylene8562016-04-04

nightmares, what about you?

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miguelmares (author)raylene8562016-04-08

thats sick. If you don't mind me asking, what state do you live in?

raylene856 (author)miguelmares2016-04-11

i live cali wbu?

miguelmares (author)raylene8562016-04-11

California is nice. I live in the Midwest, Wisconsin to be exact.

raylene856 (author)miguelmares2016-04-12

oh dam thats far, lets see you do my name in a bomb

miguelmares (author)raylene8562016-04-12

check out my handstyles on ig, @daroofisonfire

raylene856 (author)miguelmares2016-04-14

well i cant get on instgram right now im incarcerated -____- hahaha really , but my instagram is @rvb__

allmercy (author)2012-02-11

On Ebay I sell them seller ID Allmercy just do the advanced search by seller and put my ID in and buy one or two or ten.

stealthop (author)allmercy2013-03-31

i went to your e*** store and i noticed the ones you have are the small sized ones . do you have little ones only ? i want a big one .

stealthop (author)2013-03-31

iv' been looking all over for this information and wouldn't you know i found it here on instructables ! great ible , great art , just great thanx !!!

ak40simba (author)2013-03-18

things my crew does is to help people know about the bs and lies thay dont know or see an griffiti for me is the best way to show that

ilpug (author)2012-04-08

Even more ridiculous, get glow paint, fill this thing with it and hit walls, makes everything look like aliens exploded there.

GreenD (author)2012-01-04

I don't get it. You support troops and love america, but then you deface the property? Those troops are defending the very thing you are trying to destroy? To get my side of the story straight - i don't support troops, and i support complete coloration of all walls everywhere (even houses & private property) but I don't go bombing houses or churches simply out of respect. Complex issue but you seem like you have no idea why / what you are doing.

No one with an ounce of self respect would ever go out and bomb a church or house. It is in the graffiti book(not an actual book but it is a PDF/passed on by word of mouth.). The whole intention of this book is to make it clear to any toys on where to tag/get up at. Yes I used hip lingo but use google if you don't understand.

Ponchobrown (author)2011-11-30

Katsu you are the man.

jazza 123 (author)2011-07-07

ayye im livin in australia and i cant find a chrome one is there a another one that i can get ?

Very Keri (author)2007-10-04

"You can often find these in industrial buildings and large school buildings" Are you suggesting I first steal a fire extinguisher and then turn it into a giant can of spray paint, then go deface someone's property? I hope you get caught, I really do.

khazm (author)Very Keri2008-05-03

id rather look at graffiti than concrete, brick, plywood, steel shutters, or just about anything else gray and boring.

Very Keri (author)khazm2008-05-03

That's fine, but if you alter someone else's property without their permission, it's vandalism. It doesn't matter if you recreated the Mona Lisa on the side of an office building, if you didn't have the owner's permission, it' s still illegal. (so is stealing fire extinguishers, btw) I don't have a problem with graffiti style. I live near a seawall (pictured below) where it's o.k. and even welcomed that you paint something on the wall so long as it's decent and not something incredibly stupid like "steve wuz heer, b**ches", which makes up over 95 percent of the graffiti you see.

iBurn (author)Very Keri2009-02-27

Well...I don't know what graffiti you look at, but whenever our crew is out tagging and we see one of the "Steve wuz heer, b**ches" we paint over it. Though we almost never see anything like that, or anything offensive for that matter. We're a crew with morals, we don't tag private property, we don't tag over anybody else's tags or graffiti, and we try to make it a challenge. Now stop giving it a bad reputation.

Very Keri (author)iBurn2009-02-27

It's cute that you say you're " A crew with morals ". If you alter ANYTHING that is not personally yours, you're committing a crime. Say for example, you paint an overpass, or a public fence. Who do you think has to pay for that crap to be painted over? If you guessed our tax dollars, then you're right! Furthermore, I don' t know how you define " private " but if you're tagging a business, then that business has to then pay for someone to paint over it. Nobody WANTS graffiti on their business and the city doesn't want it on public property either. They don't leave it up there because they like it. They leave it up there because they can't afford to keep painting over it. You know you're doing something wrong, otherwise you would do it in broad day light, in a crowded area with no fear of getting caught. I'm not giving it a bad reputation, you are. If you love your "craft" so much, stop defacing public property and do it on a canvas or plywood and sell it, or advertise your " graffiti " services for people that might actually WANT it on the outside of their business. Quit being a punk.

iBurn (author)Very Keri2009-03-02

There's a critical difference between crimes and morals. For example, at our school it's illegal to use anything to get around the internet filter; ever tried to do a report on Marijuana with filtered content? Doesn't work. It's also illegal to copy a CD onto your computer, or lend it to a friend so they can copy it onto their computer, and god forbid that anyone should do that. I'm pretty sure that McDonalds can afford to paint 3 square feet of wall, what with their 1.1 Billion Profit last year. I'm fully aware of the fact that taxes help pay for graffiti clean up, so, let's assume that our entire crew of 20 people, stopped tagging today. How about you do the math and figure out how much taxes would increase due to those 20 people no longer tagging. I'll even help, about $2 of each persons taxes go towards graffiti clean up. Now, if we subtract case scenario, Two tags a month per person x 20 people x 30 years of tagging x 3 sq feet per tag = 43200 square feet total. $3,000,000 spent annually on graffiti clean up in my state. it costs about $20 to remove 20 square feet. 43200 x 20 = $86400. $1,000,000 - $86400 = $991360 still spent per year. 196818 citizens in my city / $86400 / 30 years = Congratulations, I just saved every resident in my city 7.5 cents a year, you have enlightened me.

FYI-We typically use washable spray paint.

Very Keri (author)iBurn2009-03-02

Since you're so smart, you would be able to figure out that said money could be put to better use, like fixing pot holes or hiring more law enforcement, no matter how "insignificant" it is. As far as businesses are concerned, where do you think that money they use to clean up spray paint comes from? Yes they have billions of dollars, but they have to allocate some of that money toward cleaning up spray paint. Do you think that isn't reflective in their prices? Even companies like Wal Mart have to raise their prices to compensate for all their theft prevention and merchandise loss. Do I need to give you an economics lecture? Since your logic is leaning in this direction, do you not think that if you steal a $20 item from a company that makes billions of dollars per year, that it's still OK? What is the difference then in stealing the amount of money from a company and doing the equal amount of damage to their property? You know what you're doing is wrong, but you try to validate your actions by arguing that your part in it so insignificant that you disappear in the grand scheme of things. The fact of the matter is you're still contributing to the problem. I love your choice of the word " typically ". That really drives your point all the way in. You seem like a smart kid, but you're wasting your time and money ( in addition to your victim's ) on something as trivial as graffiti. You could be helping your community instead of hurting it.

iBurn (author)Very Keri2009-03-02

I could be helping my community by cleaning up the graffiti, but it's obviously not leaving anytime soon, so why further waste time on something so insignificant? Of course the money could be put to better use, but it wont. It'll go to fund something totally moronic, like getting that CEO (who's been working Oh-So-Hard) on a private jet to Hawaii.

Very Keri (author)iBurn2009-03-02

CEO's don't get your tax dollars, and that's beside the point. Vandalism is just as "moronic" as corporate selfishness. You can, I'm sure, find a constructive means of rebelling against the system. You can help your community in other ways besides painting over your own graffiti, like feeding the homeless, becoming a tutor or entertaining old people in nursing homes. If you want to keep discussing this, PM me, this is getting long.

josegarrido (author)Very Keri2011-02-06

very keri,
you talk about how being a "crew with morals" is ironic because its breaking a law. but morals aren't set by laws. If iBurn believes that walls are boring and graffiti is a form of expression he is right. you know what looks worse than graffiti? giant walls patched with white that covers once beautiful graffiti. and also, almost every graffiti artist who believes it to be an art covers explicite, crude, or gang related graffiti. art and music have now become industries such as THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. which is wrong. music and art shouldn't be bought and sold like commodities, they are meant to be solely freedom of expression at its purest.

Very Keri (author)josegarrido2011-02-07

Two things about this argument are subjective: morality and beauty. That being said, I believe breaking the law is immoral. I also believe that deliberately hurting other people is immoral. In this instance, if you vandalize public property you're hurting your community by defacing it and wasting their money. I also think that scribbling your name on a building w/ a fire extinguisher is garbage, not beautiful. It's expression alright, but it's not expressing anything deeper than " I'm a tasteless, inconsiderate moron." I'd say about 90% of the adult population agrees with me on those points, including your mother. If you want to ride on " freedom of expression", then go ahead, but if you get caught and you have to clean up your mess, then you'd better do it with a huge smile on your face.

chubbthehippo (author)Very Keri2011-03-12

I'd just like to point out how ignorant anyone looks when they suggest that illegal = immoral, which you clearly claimed.

I mean, not that the rest of your viewpoint on the world wasn't closeminded already, but this just takes the cake. If you don't understand why believing "breaking the law is immoral", then I'd just like to point out that that means you disagree with every single resistance effort against any kind of government for all of mankind's history.

In other words, does this mean you disagree with the rebellion in going on in Egypt? Or other resistance movements, the underground railroad, Ghandi's against Britain occupation, etc. Oh, no, I know, you only disagree when they're violent and mean. But please remember that not all governments work under freedom of speech.

And also that street art isn't violent.

Lastly, I'd just like to point out that yeah you stupid f*ck morality and beauty are subjective, you're the dumb b*tch who's been trying to claim that they weren't and it's a fact that "grafitti is wrong" and now you're turning around and claiming "oh no n*gga dats subjective yo". Holy sh*t you're f*cking stupid.

But please, let my insults be used as justification for me not being worth responding too, like I know you'd try and pull.

So I'd just like to conclude that your viewpoint boils down to this:
1. Anything that is not legal as defined by the government is inherently morally wrong.
2. Morality is subjective, unless we're talking about what's legal and what's not, then it's objective based on the govt's opinion, no matter what.
3. Beauty is subjective, except when I don't want it to be, such as deciding what is legitimate expression or just moronic, or if some nice, children-appropriate fish on a wall are better than political commentary or pop art.

Disclaimer: Double standards are very much expected.
Because I doubt you believe Joyce's Ulysses or Shakespeare's Twelfth Night or many other commonly banned or bowdlerized books were immoral crimes that are a blight on society and while beauty is subjective, still can't be considered an art form because you say so. Except you don't, see: double standards.

My suggestion: Lay off the Fox News a tad, honey. Or don't, if you're not good for anything else, at least you guys can give everyone else someone to have a good laugh at.

Very Keri (author)chubbthehippo2011-05-02

I'm going to tell you a few things that you may find interesting. I'm an atheist. My family is not atheist, but they're not particularly religious either. I was raised to be kind to others and to respect other people, therefore, when I see someone being hurt, I get upset because I have compassion. Behavior that is hurtful is widely accepted as being immoral. There is no debate about graffiti being hurtful. It is hurtful. Most people don't understand why, and there are those few people who know it is hurtful, but still do it because they care more about themselves than others. I understand the difference between civil rights and vandalism. No one is going to stand up and die for their "right" to graffiti, though I'd love for graffiti to become legal, because then it would lose most of its appeal.

I will admit that I am having a hard time taking you seriously because, based on your reading comprehension and subsequent argument, I'm envisioning an angsty teenager who is cruising instructables instead of doing his homework. Do you see how I insulted you without one swear word? Do you see how you don't care that a perfect stranger called you immature and stupid? If you do, then you'll understand why I'm not taking anything you said personally.

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