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10-30-2009 02:25 PM

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I just bought a fuji Q3 pro hvlp system and asked a question in the safety fourm and the response was pretty negative in general. Now I am wondering if I did the right thing. I plan on using it in my basement. I have a seperate room from my work shop with a door and two high outside windows. I thought spraying was the way to go, I intend to use water based products exclusively. I would really appreciate some feed back. Thanks Billp

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 03:17 PM

Billp, I went back to your other post and read the comments. Some really good points where made and most of that has to do with common sense.
1st…For spraying in a basement, using a HVLP system is the best way to go. It does cut down on overspary.
2nd…Definitely use water based products. Safety first. The water based products have improved, but it is a learning experience. They work totally different then a solvent based finish, so take your time to learn what makes them work.
3rd….Good ventilation, since you have two high mounted windows, sounds like you have a way to make a good exhaust fan that could mount in one of the windows. As far as a fan sucking all your heat out of the basement, this happens no matter what you are doing if you are using an exhaust fan. ( I use an exhaust fan when I’m applying Hand finishes, fumes build up with that too). That’s just living with an exhaust fan..
4th… You didn’t mention how much spraying you intend on doing in your basement, but as long as you are not doing some sort of production, you should be fine.
5th…Spray booth. You should have a designated place to do your spraying ( best for ventilation and as far away from any of your utilities as possible…furnace, water heater, etc.). Make yourself a portable spray booth that can be easily assembled and taken down. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. I never do any woodworking when I’m finishing. I don’t care how good your little spray booth is, you will have dust floating in the air and it will get to your new finish. Again, if you are doing this as a hobby and not a production mode, then you shouldn’t have be in that much of a hurry. When I’m building, I’m enjoying building….......When I’m finishing, I’m enjoying finishing. Two different things, do them at two different times.
Have fun and if you have any questions, feel free to pm me.

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 03:52 PM


Maybe I gave you the wrong impression about spraying in the basement. I think it works great. The part about the window fan and the furnace, well, I only run that fan during the actual spraying operation- just to pull the suspended particles outside. Because I only spray water based materials, the smells/vapors are not really a big issue. As soon as I am finished spraying, I shut off the fan and close the windows. There is some heat loss but it quickly returns to “normal”.

I like the plastic drop cloth “spray booth” because my tiny shop doesn’t have room for a dedicated finishing area. Once the finish has been completed, I can tear down the booth and use the space for “regular” shop work.

If you want information on the window fan units, let me know and I will work up a quick drawing for you.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 10-30-2009 05:49 PM

Thanks I was having buyers remorse for a minute. I am just doing this as a hobby thanks for the input guys.

-- Billp

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#4 posted 10-31-2009 01:01 AM

Hello New to the forum. I refinish wood doors for my profession and use a HVLP exclusively. With the accept ion of when oiling is required. Depending on the unit you got. There are different tips for the type and viscosity of material you are spraying. Keeping your equipment clean will make the difference in the performance of your sprayer. I do understand these things are common sense , but worth mentioning for someone new to the process. thanks

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