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Paint Booth Budget Build
Posted by Steve xj on Sunday, February 19, 2012 2:41 PM

  I'm would like to build a spray both. I have read "Klaus" article and quite a few others on the internet.  I can't find a fan/motor assemble that will justify building my own booth.

  I realize you need an explosion proof motor. For the price I have found on line, it would be just as inexpensive to buy a completed (booth) unit.

 I have found fans with motors outside the airflow (ie dryer motor), again not cost effective.

 I have read about computer co-axial fans being viable and cost friendly, but I can't locate one with the proper specs (cfm, watts. amps ect.

 At this this point I'm going to pick up a ceiling fan (motor in airflow) and put a seal coat of epoxy around the wires myself. Are there any electricians in this forum? Does this method appear to be unsafe? After all, isn't that what makes a motor explosion proof ?

  Could anyone guide me to a fan/motor that would justify building my own booth? If I have to spend $100 on a motor, I might as well spend another $50 and get something ready to go.

   Any input would be more than welcome.     Thanks Steve

 

 

 

 

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Posted by High octane on Sunday, February 19, 2012 7:21 PM

Steve, have you checked out: www.fishcarver.com? If I remember corectly it is a tutorial on building a spraybooth but I haven't watched it in a long time. Maybe it will give you some ideas on building yours. Building  a spraybooth on a budget is alright as long as you don't sacrifice your SAFETY. Also remember to wear a respirator when spraying not only to protect your lungs but your LIVER also. I love the smell of lacquer, but I really wished that I would have started using a respirator a lot sooner than I did. I hope this helps.

High octane

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:22 PM

Steve, the choice is really up to decide how you want to proceed.  I built my paintbooth for about $25.00 since I had a lot of the necessary componants available to me.  I found a range hood at the local swap shop for nothing, had the wiring , switches, boxes, and such at home and just purchased a sheet of 1/2 inch plywood for the booth itself along with a 3-pack of furnace filters and a dryer exhaust hose kit.  With the plans I had found on a Model Railroad site, I used most of the plywood for my booth. 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

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Posted by big daddy1 on Sunday, February 19, 2012 10:27 PM

i would go with a downdraft booth, i built mine for 140.00 cdn, so in the us  it would be cheaper

273cfm blower from grainger 90.00 cdn

plywood 35.00

20x24 filter 5.00

and it took me half a day to build and it works great!!

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Posted by big daddy1 on Sunday, February 19, 2012 10:36 PM

here is what i ended up with

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Posted by big daddy1 on Sunday, February 19, 2012 11:09 PM

This is what i ended up with

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Posted by High octane on Monday, February 20, 2012 8:52 AM

That spray booth looks pretty good and if it works for you, that's all that counts. Now you have to use it as I don't see any other colors on it except white. LOL!

High octane

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Posted by big daddy1 on Monday, February 20, 2012 9:05 AM

that was taken minutes after it was completed, there has been much use since it was done

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Posted by Steve xj on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 8:12 PM

Thanks for the info! I will check that site. I"m out of work at the moment. So I 'm pricing exhaust fans. That is the last part I need to complete a small booth.

  I really do have to watch my sending for the time being. Otherwise I would purchase one those completed unit. I'm itching to spray a couple models right now!

 I primed one piece the other night and the fumes just lingered through the house for a couple hours. Still to cold to spray outside.

                                Thanks again  Steve

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Posted by Steve xj on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 8:43 PM

Thanks Mike, or is that Spencer? Those range hood fans are quite affordable, but I thought there would be an issue with motor being in the airflow (or is it in the airflow?). According to my research, an explosion proof motor is needed if it (motor)  is in the airflow.

 I would think one could the coat coil with epoxy to make explosion proof.

  By the way Mike I'm quite familiar with those "Spencer for hire" Mustangs as  I worked those cars, on the set back in the early eighties. They had 7 or 8 of them if I remember correctly. They were all kind of "ratty". At least 4 of them had split frames from jumps and other various stunts. Did you ever notice they didn't show much of the interior? There was a good reason for that.

 I was up in Andover Ma (Urich's house at the time) to put glass in his personal vehicles on 2 separate pccasions. He was tooling around in a Porshe 911 and Chevy Suburban at the time.

  I guess we wont see any Spencer Mustang kits coming out too soon thanks Steve McQueen's Bullit!!

      Thanks again for assistance     Steve

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Posted by Steve xj on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 8:50 PM

Thanks again for your assistance. The booth look GREAT! It look like the motor is outside the airflow, much like a dryer motor, which I think I found one a used one for $20.

                                                                                                             Steve

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Posted by Lee W on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:38 PM

I built my spray booth out of foam core board.  It is light and cleans up pretty easily.  I originally started with the fan in the back, furnace filter in front of that.  My only problem was I didn't make it deep enough for a proper plenum between the filter and fan. 

To fix this, I built a bottom section which housed the furnace filter (the cheapest, green mesh filter that Home Depot carries.  I think it was US$2.50 - $3.00 for a pack of 3).  I then cut 1/4" slices in the bottom of the original paint booth, patched the original fan, and put the fan in the bottom. 

At the mounting points for the fan, I put scrap flat pieces of plastic as washers and support.

I lucked out and already had a suitable fan.  I got it from an old job.  It looks like a PC fan, but it is 120 volts.  I'm not sure if it is explosion proof, but it is an industrial fan at about 300cfm and hasn't blown up yet.  Being that it is an induction fan, I'm guessing that would make it at least explosion resistant.  :)

I have pictures it at my Fotki page under Mancave.  Oh, if you go this route, make sure you get the Plastic Coated foam board.  There are 2 types, paper and plastic.  Plastic is more rigid, where the paper is less so, and will deform when it gets damp with paint .  The paper also has a habit of separating from the foam if it gets damp as well.  All around, it cost me maybe $20 plus the filters.  A little elmer's glue, pins, masking tape, all of which I had on hand.  I also put a small 24" florescent light in there, again I had this, but they can be had for $10.

It never fails.  You finish airbrushing everything in that color, you clean your airbrush and find that one part you over looked..

 

Check out my past and current projects...  http://public.fotki.com/palee72/

 

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, February 24, 2012 4:29 PM

Steve xj

Thanks Mike, or is that Spencer? Those range hood fans are quite affordable, but I thought there would be an issue with motor being in the airflow (or is it in the airflow?). According to my research, an explosion proof motor is needed if it (motor)  is in the airflow.

 I would think one could the coat coil with epoxy to make explosion proof.

  By the way Mike I'm quite familiar with those "Spencer for hire" Mustangs as  I worked those cars, on the set back in the early eighties. They had 7 or 8 of them if I remember correctly. They were all kind of "ratty". At least 4 of them had split frames from jumps and other various stunts. Did you ever notice they didn't show much of the interior? There was a good reason for that.

 I was up in Andover Ma (Urich's house at the time) to put glass in his personal vehicles on 2 separate pccasions. He was tooling around in a Porshe 911 and Chevy Suburban at the time.

  I guess we wont see any Spencer Mustang kits coming out too soon thanks Steve McQueen's Bullit!!

      Thanks again for assistance     Steve

Steve, thanks for replying to this thread and for telling about your time with Spenser For Hire.  I have been a long-time fan of the series and Robert Urich is one of my favorite actors.  I was truly sadden by his and by Spenser author/creater Robert B. Parker's passing.  Since I built a couple of the Spenser Mustangs, I feel that I now have a small piece of Spenser For Hire of my own.  Now if they can only release the series on DVD...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

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Posted by Steve xj on Friday, February 24, 2012 7:32 PM

Mike

  Like yourself, I was saddened by Parkers death. I was as big a fan of his as I was Urich (who sadly passed away a few years ago. I have read at least a dozen of his books and have at least a dozen more in my book case.

 Let's not forget about Hawks BMW CSI. I actually had an identicle car like that. My last decent sport car. I totally agree  with a box set. I really miss that series. I'm hopping it pops up on one of those retro stations. I.E. METV. Saturday night line-up Wild wild West, Hogan's Hero's, Batman, Lost in Space Starr Treck. All in a row. Now they just have to slide Spencer for Hire right in the middle of that line up!

 Is the Classic Model Club open to new members? I'm down in Wakefield Ma, about 30 minutes away.

                        Thanks again Steve

 

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Posted by Steve xj on Friday, February 24, 2012 7:41 PM

Lee


 Thanks for all the helpful info. Believe it or not, that white foam core board is exactly what I'm using. My sister works for A.C. Moore and brought home about 20 full sheets that were being disposed of due a couple minor blemish's.

 You would believe the stuff she brings home for free. Open Testors paint kits (with maybe 1 color missing, paint brush's glues, ect.

                                                                                                  Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, February 25, 2012 7:23 AM

Steve xj

Mike

  Is the Classic Model Club open to new members? I'm down in Wakefield Ma, about 30 minutes away.

                        Thanks again Steve

 

Yes, we are open to new members all the time.  The next meeting is Saturday, March 3rd at the VFW in Lowell.  Directions are on the Club website.  We'd be happy to have you come down and look us over.  We don't spend much time talking about the business aspect of the Club.  We prefer to talk about models and having fun.  I also sent you a PM.  Did you see it?  Look in the Conversations section in the upper right corner of the page. 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

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Posted by heroncustom on Sunday, September 02, 2012 11:15 AM
Howdy i dont have pictures but iv built two differnet booths myself my first i used and old range hood whixh worked alright for a time but the one im using now costs me about 30 ibwent to my local hardware store and picked up a bathroom exhust fan. This was the safest cheapest way for me as bathroom fans are a lot more protected that the range hood being as they are located in a hi mositure room. I just mounted that to my premade plywood box and use an old(cleaned) furance filter. It sucks extremlu well and i never have to buy filters, i just vacum, blow, vacum my old filtersbof and the work great!!

Sorry for the typos im on my phone with my fat thumbs

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