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Project by SimonSKL posted 12-12-2009 06:17 PM 6105 views 12 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When the temperature outside is below 50F or wind is blowing, it is impossible to do any spraying outdoor. I made these two makeshift spray booths so I can do my spraying inside my garage. They are made of 3/4” PVC pipes and not glued together so I can take them down and store away easily.

The floor booth is about 6’ wide and tall and the 4’ sides can swing out for larger projects. I used 9’x12’ plastic sheets to cover the floor and the back of the booth. A box fan with two 1” furnace filters is placed on the floor behind the plastic sheets and an opening is cut so the fan can pull the air through. With the fan turned on high, the double-layered filters remove almost all of the paint particles very efficiently. In the picture you can see the brown stain all behind the headboard on the plastic sheets and none behind the booth.

I also made a smaller booth that sits on top of my router table so I can spray small objects. The fan is placed on top of the tent.

BTW, the headboard is make of solid oak for my son. It was originally stained (by hand) with pecan color but my son now wants it darker. I still have two more coats to go before I am done with it.

Thanks for looking!

-- Simon, Danville, IL





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 12-12-2009 06:28 PM

Very cleaver!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 12-12-2009 11:19 PM

Good idea. I assume the fan doesn’t throw sparks or you are using water based finish.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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SimonSKL

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 07:39 AM

Stefang, good point about sparks from the fan but I worry more about the propane heater in my garage and kept that as far away as I could. Also my furnace is located inside a closet within the garage also. I do try to use water based finish as much as I could but there are a few times I did use oil based finish. I tried to open the garage door a couple times to vent any fume that might have built up.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#4 posted 12-14-2009 02:41 AM

you gotta love PVC! Almost as versital as wood its self.

-- Its not your goal, its the path you take to achieve that goal that matters.

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#5 posted 12-14-2009 09:32 PM

That is good timing. I was just thinking about a spraybooth this morning. Thanks Simon.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#6 posted 12-14-2009 09:57 PM

I didn’t mean my comment to be critical or instructional Simon. I spray lacquer from a can frequently without a fan. I do wear a mask with fume filters though. I have pretty good compressor and I probably ought to use it, but it creates so much overspray that I don’t really feel comfortable using it in my smallish shop. I can never use it outdoors as it is almost constantly windy or raining here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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SimonSKL

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#7 posted 12-14-2009 10:17 PM

Stefang, no need to apologize. I didn’t take your comment as criticism. In fact it was always in my mind whenever I spray oil based finishes. To minimize the hazard, I use a HVLP sprayer to keep overspray to a minimum and I never leave the fan on unattended. When I leave the house, the propane heater is turned off and the closet door to the furnace shut. We can never be too cautious when it comes to fire hazard. Thanks for the reminder.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#8 posted 12-16-2009 12:59 AM

Very good idea – on the cheap too!!!

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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stefang

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#9 posted 12-16-2009 01:42 AM

Well Simon I guess you inspired me. Along with my newest project post, maybe tomorrow or possibly Wednesday I will be showing a unique spray booth for small shops. This was not done to compete with your spray booths. It was done out of necessity or maybe just plain laziness, I’m not sure which. Anyway you will see what I mean when I post it and if you choose to have a look at it. I do hope this will leave you in breathless anticipation.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-16-2010 03:57 AM

I made a similar booth and set up in my garage. It worked like a pro booth. Now I don’t get overspray on all my tools and bench. I also used 3/4” PVC pipe, laid it flat on the driveway on top of 10 ft x 25 ft 4 mil poly. I folded the poly over the pvc and secured the flap with 2” clear packaging tape. I made it 8 ft wide x 6 ft wings x 7 ft high. This fits in a one car width garage bay under the door track. When finished, it will fold flat and store against the wall. I am spraying all the doors in my house and also made a spray rack to hold the door like meat on a spit. This system moves my spray painting to a whole new level. I am spraying with an Earlex 5000. Thanks for a neat tip.

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steliart

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#11 posted 04-18-2012 09:55 AM

thanks for sharing, you gave me some good idea on how to build mine

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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#12 posted 09-22-2013 10:18 PM

Great idea. Thanks for sharing. It wasn’t what I was looking for when I entered my search but it is something I am very interested in. Thanks

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#13 posted 01-07-2014 05:36 PM

Wondering how this setup is working for you? I’ve seen some posts about those types of fans not being explosion proof… whatever that means. While looking for a fan… nothing says “explosion proof”

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SimonSKL

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#14 posted 01-07-2014 05:48 PM

I mostly spray water based products so explosion is never a concern. I also didn’t have any problem during the few times that I sprayed oil based stains.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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