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Forum topic by TimF posted 01-02-2010 04:42 AM 1001 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2010 04:42 AM

Hello All, I have very limited space and would like to set up a way to apply finishes with a spray gun. I need some ideas about setting up a spray booth. Something that can be set up and taken down with little trouble. Also any input about a hvlp gun would be helpful too. Thanks Tim

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#1 posted 01-02-2010 04:49 AM

My finishing guy is waiting for his new spray booth, but has built a temporary booth using 1×4’s and sheet plastic. His is about 10’ square and 7’high with one side open. The opposite side has a 3’ square opening filled with pleated furnace filters and a large floor fan drawing air out of the booth. Not real pretty, but it works.

You could probably do something similar (probably smaller), but make it in sections that can be quickly set up or taken down.

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#2 posted 01-02-2010 04:50 AM

Zip walls. Spring loaded poles that you attach plastic to. Sets up in five min. Very expensive, but work quite well. I have sprayed doors in the living room of a million dollar condo.

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#3 posted 01-02-2010 05:18 AM

Tim, I have seen two types of temporary spray booths that look to be pretty easy to set up and take down while storing in a relatively small area. One simply used 4 cardboard panels (three sides and a top) cut from large appliance boxes, similar to the ones that refrigerators come in. The panels are hinged with velcro tape for stability and look like a breeze to set up and take down.

The second was a little more complicated in that it consisted of frames made from 1/2” pvc. The 4 rectangular frames were joined with t fittings and each panel was wrapped in plastic.

In both cases an opening in the rear panel was cut out and a box fan equipped with a standard furnace filter was placed in the opening. I have been considering building one of these in order to spray without covering everything in my shop. Marc Spagnolo has produced a video on using one.

As far as sprayers go I would not recommend a Wagner HVLP as I never could get it to work very well. But I have an Earlex sprayer that suits my spraying operations.

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#4 posted 01-03-2010 03:37 AM

I’m just beginning HVLP in a small workshop as well. All the ideas here are good-ie. cardboard panels, zip walls, etc. In my shop I made wood brackets that support wood closet poles close to the ceiling, and hung heavy plastic shower curtains on 3 sides-easy to put up and take down.
I also posted a question on whether I needed to put in a fan at one end, and the general consensus was that if I sprayed water based finishes and wore a respirator it wouldn’t be needed.
As far as HVLP equipment, my recommendation is Apollo- not cheap, but very well made.

-- Gerry

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