Knock-down Spray Booth on the Cheap

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Project by dakotawood posted 09-15-2014 03:11 PM 3828 views 18 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just recently purchased the Earlex HV5500 HVLP system (Love It!). I now needed an easy solution to spray in my shop (garage). After researching online I came across Michael Dresdner’s cardboard spray booth on FWW. Also looked at Jeff Jewitt’s booth made from foam insulation panels. I liked the cardboard idea better because it was cheap and would fold more compactly.

Pretty straightforward. Went to my local appliance store and asked for the largest fridge box they had. I placed duct tape on most of the edges that will see some wear to help strengthen it so it won’t break down over time. Made a little place for the 20”x20” filter to slide into (glue and staples). I decided to leave the lid of the fridge box on. Once placed in the U-shape, the top helps keep things more rigid and gives a bit of a ceiling to catch overspray. Placed some sticky backed Velcro in the right areas and it’s pretty darn solid really. I bought an industrial fan b/c I felt a cheap box fan wasn’t going to pull enough air. I can either place the fan on my assembly table or place it on a little Husky work table I have (depending on the direction of the wind outside – I can spray out the garage door or the other way towards a window). I suppose you could put the fan on the floor, but I like it more at the level where you will be spraying most.

I used it this past weekend to spray water based lacquer on my plantation shutters for the house. Worked great! I do like Dresdner’s lazy susan idea of a spray table. I’ll build that next time I need to spray something smaller.

New canvas drop cloth – $17
Fridge cardboard box – free
Velcro – $5
Filter – $1
duct tape (1/2 roll) – $5
New powerful fan – $40
Total – $68

And yes… this project IS made out of wood. Cardboard’s made out of wood. Am I right or am I right? Or am I right? Or am I right?

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 07:56 PM’re right…. :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 09-16-2014 07:18 AM

Totally made af wood!
Like your thinking and simple solutuion. Might want to explore someting like that myself..
Thanks for sharing

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 01:01 PM

Thinking of a turbo sprayer myself. I like the portability of the booth, and the vent system. Had not thought of the lazy susan you said Dresdner had. Smart idea.

-- DonB

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#4 posted 09-17-2014 01:21 PM


-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 04:54 PM

Is the fan pulling air from the booth or pushing air into the booth?

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#6 posted 09-20-2014 04:04 PM

Hi Matt. The fan is pulling air from the booth. I’m hoping for a very slight breeze outside, then position the booth where the breeze is from my back (I have my garage door slightly opened and window open on an adjacent wall). Then the fan will augment the pull of overspray towards the booth.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#7 posted 03-19-2015 03:25 PM

Nice work! Was this idea in a FWW article? If it was, could you point me to the article? I can’t find it.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#8 posted 03-19-2015 09:15 PM

I found it as a free FWW video. Here’s the link – hopefully it works for you. I went with his basic ideas using a fridge box. I recently even made the big turn table that he has in the video. Works good, but almost too big!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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