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08-01-2010 05:33 AM

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Anybody have any tips for finishing a project in a dusty garage?
On past projects they’ve usually ended up feeling gritty in the morning after applying a coat of finish, so I’ve been putting on the final coat of finish inside the house.
I’m about to begin the finish process on a project that can’t really be reasonably finished inside…. so, any tips for keeping the dust out of it?
Anybody hang up plastic around the project?

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#1 posted 08-01-2010 10:09 AM

what you can do is to vaporise water in the air with a spray gun, will catch and hold down many of the dust.
is there an air circulation or something that may get dust in the air?
when my shop air is too dusty i actually open open the large door so that outside air flows through the shop, and out at the rear. this way the dust get blown out and doesnt settle on the piece. don’t do it when it’s dry outside though!

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#2 posted 08-01-2010 10:27 AM

I use zip walls which are extension spring loaded poles that hold painter’s plastic up to the ceiling. It works for me, but are very pricey. Google zip walls.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#3 posted 08-01-2010 10:45 AM

I once used a large cardboard box, placed the piece inside after finishing and closed the lid with a plastic bag, worked pretty well but you have to make sure the box is clean enough..

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#4 posted 08-06-2010 02:06 AM

Depending on the size of the project, I build some sort of columns with paint cans or saw horses, etc. on each end, and place a piece of plywood or hardboard over the top. Dust settles from above so if you put something over it you will be amazed how little dust nibs you end up with.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#5 posted 08-06-2010 03:18 AM

there is a way to use pvc pipe and heavy poly to make a sort of knock down booth it was in a handyman magazine or wood magazine can’t remember which one but i know i saw it and wasn’t expensive. not sure if that helps

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#6 posted 08-06-2010 03:27 AM

thanks for all the suggestions. think I might just try to tent it with cardboard. that might do the trick.

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#7 posted 08-06-2010 03:37 AM

step outside LOL that is what I do

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#8 posted 08-07-2010 07:56 AM

I hung four sheets of heavy clear plastic from the ceiling of my car parking garage with long thick dowels as weights, sort of a walled tent. I roll them up and out of the way when not in use with bungee cords. The clear plastic lets light in and keeps the dust off the work. It works really well and is always there when needed

-- Ken

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#9 posted 08-07-2010 10:49 AM

I sometimes try to do all my sanding at the end of a day, so that I can come in the next morning (once the dust has settled ;-)) and start finishing then. It isn’t always practical though, unless I’m using a fast-drying finish. I mean, I may also want to create some more dust in that same morning! :-D

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