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Old 10-06-2009, 09:56 AM   #11
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This was my first spray booth. Built with 2x4's and galvanized sheet metal. All the lights were mounted outside with lexan covers caulked to the walls so there were totally isolated from any paint fumes. Furnace filters above the doors provided filtered intake air and a furnace motor with squirrel fan that exhausted fumes and overspray outside, I ran 3 24" x 24" filters before the exhaust fan and 2 after the fan to try to keep the mess down outside.

One of the most important parts if you are going to be spraying most any paints, but particularly if you are planning to spray Epoxy or PolyUrethane based paints is a fresh air system, this includes an oiless compressor (SPECIFICALLY FOR FRESH AIR!! DO NOT USE A REGULAR COMPRESSOR OR SMALL AIRBRUSH COMPRESSOR) and a full face mask to provide that fresh air to you.

The other thing to remember is that spraying many types of paint in a residential area is illegal. IF you are going to spray them, make sure your exhaust filters are doing their job, the last thing you want is for your neighbors to complain because of overspray or fumes. Check with your local bylaws as to what is allowed and what is not, even if you're spraying something that is legal, all it takes is for a neighbor to complain about air quality or other health issues and you'll be facing hefty fines.
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:15 AM   #12
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Nice Booth. It looks so clean and un-used..
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:42 PM   #13
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Re: Building A Spray booth

You can often find an old furnace blower fan at the dump. I have found a couple this way, and they work great. Hook an electric motor to it, and it will suck, or blow depending on your needs. They can move a little or a lot of air depending on the pulley size you use on the motor and fan.
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Old 10-08-2009, 10:12 PM   #14
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I Agree With Mike, Be Very Cautious Because Most Paints Are Volatile Unless You Are Going To Use Waterborn Base And Even Then You Will Need To Top Coat With Catalyst Clear. Personaly I Would Not Recommend A Makeshift Type Spray Booth For Health And House Insurance Reasons. I Have Been A Autobody Painter For Over 20 Years And If You Have Alot Of Painting, Please Talk To Your Local Autobody Shop.
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Old 10-25-2009, 01:25 PM   #15
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Lots of good advice on this thread. One thing you may consider as an alternative to an expensive explosion-proof exhaust fan is a bilge blower, designed to vent gasoline fumes from engine compartments. They run on 12V, and probably don't have the capacity for a full-sized booth, but they are $40-90 new. If I ever got around to making a hood in my workshop I was going to order one or two.

One link (Google "bilge blower")

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