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Scanning sprays

 [Updated on May 21, 2021]

Thanks to the Sensitivity feature in Artec Studio, it is seldom required to spray an object before 3D scanning. Nevertheless, for those cases where the object is too shiny, too transparent, or otherwise difficult to capture; it is good to know which spray to use. This article offers some guidelines on choosing a suitable scanning spray. It was written with the help of our experienced partners and customers.

Important note: before applying any of the sprays listed below, always observe the safety precautions. Each spray has its own set of precautions which are written on the can (or can be requested from the manufacturer).



AESUB Blue spray (link)

  • Company: Scanningspray Vertriebs GmbH. Can be purchased here:
  • Feature: One of the more recent additions to this list (07/2019). Evaporates from the object within several hours of application.
  • Note: Applies smoothly with very little flake formation (see "snowflake effect" in the Cyclododecane spray description further below in the article), therefore optimal for small geometry. Facilitates the scanning of difficult surfaces. Evaporates faster in comparison with the Cyclododecane spray and has a less noticeable smell.
    Highly recommended by our in-house scanning gurus.



AESUB Orange spray (link)

  • Company: Scanningspray Vertriebs GmbH. Can be purchased here:
  • Feature: One of the newest additions to this list (05/2021). Evaporates from the object within 12~24 hours of application.
  • Note: Applies smoothly with very little flake formation (see "snowflake effect" in the Cyclododecane spray description further below in the article), therefore suitable for small geometry. Layer thickness is stated at 2-8 microns. Facilitates the scanning of difficult surfaces.
    Evaporates significantly slower than the AESUB Blue, and is therefore recommended for complex scanning projects that take longer to complete.




AESUB Green spray (link)

  • Company: Scanningspray Vertriebs GmbH. Can be purchased here:
  • Feature: Evaporates from the object within ~6 hours of application. Allows covering a very large area in very little time, as this spray is designed to be used with air compressors and large spray guns.
    A convenient, battery-powered compressor gun (pictured below) is also available for purchase from AESUB.
  • Note: Suitable for Leo and Eva scans. Not recommended for the Artec Micro.
    Especially useful when scanning large objects that would be a hassle to spray using spray cans.
    -> See the spray and compressor gun in action here (yacht scanning with the Artec Ray).


Reflecon spray (very fine grain), applied via an airbrush system and recommended specifically for the Artec Micro scanner

  • Company: Reflecon (a trademark of Mr. Chemie GmbH): 
  • Feature: the Tarnish-30-HC (volatile) and Tarnish-80 (non-volatile) products offer a grain size of a mere ~5 µm. This allows for a very fine layer of spray to be applied to the object and is optimal when working with the Artec Micro scanner.
  • Note: Spray cans tend to have a much thicker grain and a messier dispersion, which makes them unsuitable for use with the Micro scanner. Certain Space Spider applications may also benefit from the airbrush.


Helling 3D Laserscanning Anti-Glare Spray

  • Company: Helling GMBH. Can be purchased at
  • Feature: possibly the most frequently used spray of all. A large number of customers report using this specific spray.
  • Note: requires manual removal after 3D scanning (with a microfibre cloth, dusting brush or similar).



Cyclododecane Spray (link)

  • Company: Kremer Pigmente (
  • Feature: evaporates from an object within 12-24 hours of application.
  • Note: apply with care to avoid “snowflake effect” on the surface (doing so is critical if the object has small geometrical features that you’d like to capture).


The pictures below show a skull that was fully covered with Cyclododecane spray. Note that the applied layer was intentionally thick, since the goal was to calculate the maximum time required for the spray to evaporate.


  • Photo 1: 0 hours after applying the spray
  • Photo 2: 3 hours after application (partial evaporation)
  • Photo 3: 20 hours after application

Artec Gold Partner Patrick Thorn shared another picture with us (a hi-res version is available at the end of the article):




CEREC® Optispray (link)

  • Company: Sirona Dental Systems GmbH
  • Feature: This spray is as non-toxic as it gets and is designed for intraoral applications (e.g. scanning teeth). It has a pleasant spearmint scent and taste.
    A thin, homogeneous contrast layer helps deliver precise digital impression results.
  • Demonstration video: YouTube / LinkedIn
  • Documentation: SDS (Safety Data Sheet) and Operating instructions




Krylon Dulling Spray (link)

  • Company: Krylon
  • Feature: This spray was recommended to us by a U.S. customer. It leaves the texture (color of the object) almost unchanged from the original, while effectively removing the “shininess”. It works by adding an almost transparent, antireflective layer to the surface of the object.




Kenro Kenair AntiReflect Full Matt Spray (link)

  • Company: Kenro
  • Feature: very similar to the Krylon spray above, this spray was tested and recommended by our Gold Partner Antonius Köster




Gold Bond No Mess Spray Powder Fresh (link)

  • Company: Gold Bond
  • Feature: while this is not a scanning spray per se but rather a foot/body spray, it works surpisingly well. It is very easy to apply and creates an even and uniform antiglare layer on the object.


More recommendations

Below is a list of other ideas based on advice from Artec Partners and members of the 3D scanning community.

Spray based powders:

  • Magnaflux SKD-S2 Developer Spray
  • Rocol Leak & Flaw Detector Spray, Developer
  • Ambersil Leak & Flaw Detector Spray, Developer
  • Ardrox NQ1 Developer Spray
  • CRC 20790-AJ Testing Material Crick 130 500 ml
  • Krylon 5894 Marking Chalk White

Matte primer paints:

  • HYCOTE XUK610 Plastic Primer Aerosol Spray Paint
  • Halfords Plastic Primer Spray Grey 300ML

Unusual but helpful and easy-to-find alternatives:

Other ideas:

  • Any water-based paint, if applicable
  • Cermark laser-marking spray (rinses away with water)



In case you experience any issues with your Artec 3D scanner or require technical assistance with your device or Artec Studio, in the first instance please contact your local Artec dealer/distributor directly. You can also contact the Artec Support Team by clicking on "Submit a request" button on the bottom right part of the screen or by emailing


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