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    September, 2019
Need help on indoor spray painting, please.
Posted by Mvrv on Sunday, September 01, 2019 9:37 AM

Hello, I am a very basic car modeler. I would like to spray paint indoors on a budget.  I have been using spray cans outside, but now that winter is coming I will need to go inside to my basement.   I am concerned about the fumes and odor.   Should I use arcrylics?   Brush the paint on the body or airbrush?  Again I am just a very basic modeler and have no idea on how to proceed.  Any recommendations I will be very grateful. Thank you!

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    November, 2013
Posted by Daddy_O on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7:51 AM

No matter which paint you use, if you are indoor you need to have some kind of respirator for paint.

Ventilation is also a necessity. You can't risk fumes getting to the furnace or hot water heater and igniting. You also don't want it filtering through the house and smelling up everything.

Lots of guys paint a few bodies during the good weather and only have to do the hand painting stuff during the winter. That's sounds to me like your best bet. Just make sure you review the instructions to make sure that any body pans, etc aren't glued on until after the chassis goes on, or you'll be in a world of hurt.

G'luck!

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    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:56 AM

I have been painting indoors all of my modeling carreer, (nearly 50 years)

I've never used a spray booth and have never used ventilation.

I use a respirator or at least a good dust mask, (depending on what or how much I'm spraying)

I paint in a seperate room with a door that I can close.

Granted, the smell can drift through the house and my wife will cuss me out occasionally, but it will generally subside after an hour or so.

You will be much better off using an airbrush as rattle cans not only belch out a lot more paint, but have a lot more odor due to the propellant.

I will not recommend this or say that it is optimal or for everyone, but it has worked just fine for me my entire life.

I throw on my mask, go into my room and paint and then close the door when I leave to let the dust and fumes settle.

And don't be fooled, acrylics and enamels can be just as hard on you as lacquers, sometimes worse.

 

 

Steve

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:05 AM

If you paint in the basement, you'll need good ventilation and a respirator!  Keep paint and its fumes away from the furnace and the hot water heater.  If you can't paint your future projects outside when the weather is nice and warm, I would like to suggest getting a paintbooth for winter-time painting.  I found these plans on a model railroad forum and built my own paintbooth.  If you decide you want to tackle a project like this, make sure all connections are sealed!  Use a fan that is a non-armature type (magnetic induction) and be sure to vent it outside.  

Or, you can order a paintbooth from one of several online sources like Micro Mark.

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Posted by Mvrv on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 3:20 PM
Thank you!!!
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Posted by Mvrv on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 3:21 PM
Thank you very much!
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Posted by Mvrv on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 3:21 PM
Thank you so much for the information!
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    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:29 PM

I will suggest that you try to at least do your priming outside if possible.

I do that in my basement as well, but I have found that primer creates twice as much dust as the paint itself and in general has a much more powerful smell.

I spray lacquer paints through my airbrush with very little issues at all.

The smell is minimal minus the propellent from a spray can, and it creates a lot lets overspray and dust than a rattle can will due to the fact that you are spraying much less paint with an airbrush.

I barely notice any smell at all after a session with the airbrush.

 

Steve

  • Member since
    September, 2019
Posted by Mvrv on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:13 PM

Thank you all for the excellent advice And taking the time to help me out.  

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