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Forum topic by woodnut posted 03-05-2009 03:42 AM 1214 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2009 03:42 AM

I just purchased a spray system and was wanting to get some advise on how I should set up a spray booth. I was thinking I could make my own booth with a fan to exhaust the fumes outside. Will this be enough to keep everything safe or do I need to invest in a commercial booth? If you have any pics that you could share that would be great. Thanks.

-- F.Little

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#1 posted 03-05-2009 04:19 AM

What are you going to shoot? If its not flammable protect your lungs. . and go crazy
If Its flammable then you need to noodle out setting up a fan and then an enclosed motor to drive it with a fan belt. You need to isolate the motor and its sparkies..

If this is just you wanting to shoot on your “WW shed” you need a flow of air in and out. I open the back door to my garage and the garage door its self and then I set up “shower curtains” on some dowels near a window. I have an old fan ( about 24” square) and stick it in the window with a “HVAC 24” house filter on it. turn it on and close off the shower curtains and spray that way. If its cold then your gonna pump out all your heat if your in a heater shop.. If your inside the house You need to be mindful that you need to exhaust the fumes.

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#2 posted 03-05-2009 09:01 PM

Here is a good article on Spray booths

Coming from someone who has worked around glues and and finises being sprayed if you can build a spray booth I would go for and wear respirators. I have some nerve damage in my legs that my doctor believes is from long term exposure to the chemicals that I have worked around in woodshops. there is also a quality issue with using a spray booth. A good spray booth will cut down on dust in your finish and can improve the quality of the overall finish in my opinion.


-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#3 posted 03-06-2009 02:47 AM

thanks for the information guys. I do want to spray in my shop the projects to be sprayed will be mostly cabinets with a bookshelve every now and thin, the rest will be small turning projects.

-- F.Little

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#4 posted 03-06-2009 03:09 AM

I built a 10’ x 12’ spray booth. I put an exhast fan high on the outside wall. I built an enclure around the fan and install a filter over it. This keep the bulk of the paint and chemicals off of the fan. They can build up over time. Also I put filters in the doors leading into the booth to filter the dust from the air going in. I made all filters the same size my home furnace takes so I can simply buy them by the box. I find what makes the most difference is thoroughly cleaning the booth before each paint project.

-- JayDee from Woodstock, GA

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#5 posted 03-06-2009 05:14 AM

Honestly if you can afford it buy one or a kit. Some of the vapors in solvents and finishes are just so nasty its worth it to know that the motor is correctly shielded and sealed, also it gets tricky lighting a spray booth, its just another thing thats gotta be sealed. Lacquer thinner by itself is a hazard its vapor can get into electric whatever and cause a flash flame and fires and thats just one thing. Imagine having to check each product you use and all that not to mention building the thing. But i tell what I’ve seen that i thought was cool and its for controlling over spray and that a flowing water panel behind you main spray area. It was just a big metal sheet that had water flowing and most of his over spray that did just fall to the ground went in to the water system and was collected.I’d buy a whole booth or at least pickup a kit.

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