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  • Member since
    July 2018
  • From: Ohio
Confined painting
Posted by Roger on Thursday, September 5, 2019 5:40 AM

I really enjoy modelling but, I'm confined to an 8'X6' room without a window.  Basically a closet.  The apartment complex won't allow me to paint outside and there is nowhere in the rest of the apartment to do it.

Is there any suggestions other than to take up reading??

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Thursday, September 5, 2019 2:32 PM

I have a somewhat similar problem.  I paint in the basement and do not really want to punch a hole through the wall for a vent.  Several years back, I think around the dawn of time, I saw an article in a magazine where a guy vented his paint booth into a pail of water.  The idea is the water will scrub the paint contaminants from the air.  I have been trying to tweak this idea.  My big issue right now is my exhaust motor has too strong an output and blows water all over the floor.  I have baffles in the bucket and a lid with holes to allow air to escape; I am using an old vacuum cleaner motor.  This idea might work if you can find a motor strong enough to evacuate the booth, but not so strong that is blows the water out of the bucket.  My next trial is going to try to put a speed control on the motor to see if slowing it down will work any better.  Good luck on solving your problem.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    January 2004
  • From: Rochester NY
Posted by Unglued on Friday, September 6, 2019 5:32 PM

I drilled a hole through the wooden joust from the basement similar to where a clothes dryer vent would go. Then I purchased a dryer vent and installed a 4 inch dryer vent hose from my vent fan. I built my vent fans using two 5” computer cooling fans mounted back to back inside a metal box  with a filter in front of them. Been using it since 1995, does the trick. Happy modeling !!

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Burleson, TX. Grew up in Pittsburg and Whitehouse TX
Posted by ModelTexan1 on Friday, September 6, 2019 11:40 PM

I have a paint booth and years ago I designed a filter for it.  I routed a dryer hose from the booth fan to a 5 gallon plastic bucket with a snap-on lid. I cut a hole in the side of the bucket near the bottom and attached the hose and taped it well with duct tape.  On the inside I placed a piece of a carbon-type A/C foam filter across the hose end and taped it well so it "seals" the hose and forces the air through the filter.  I then filled the bottom of the bucket with crushed up charcoal as a cheap source of carbon.  (It took a while to break the charcoal up and I did it outside to keep the mess to a minimum. Granulated charcoal is easier but incredibly expensive. It doesn't have to be powered, just small chunks although powder would probably be perfect...)  I then placed another piece of carbon filter inside the bucket that I cut to a circular shape so it was large enough to tape above the hose/carbon layer to catch any dust so that wouldn't be a problem.  I then attached the lid and cut a hole in it to place a 6 inch duct fan that draws air OUT of the bucket.  It has worked well for years and cuts the paint smell drastically. It depends on the paint brand but most are rendered fume-free. I run the fan at the same time I run the booth fan.

My booth with this filter is actually IN a walk-in closet along with my unbuilt stash of kits.

Might be worth your time to do something similar.  I got everything I needed at Home Depot.

  • Member since
    July 2018
  • From: Ohio
Posted by Roger on Saturday, September 7, 2019 9:32 AM

That sounds like something I could do TarheelRick. I have to look into it. Thanks for the idea.

  • Member since
    July 2018
  • From: Ohio
Posted by Roger on Saturday, September 7, 2019 9:37 AM
I really like this idea ModelTexan1 !! I'm going to see what I can do with that plan. Thank you!!!
  • Member since
    January 2017
Posted by 195X on Sunday, September 8, 2019 2:03 PM

I added a length of dryer hose to my paint booth outlet. I use a similar bucket idea. On the end of the dryer hose I place a cheap coffee filter, place the hose in the 5 gallon bucket (through the side). Bucket is packed loosely with old furnace filter material. Under the lid and air escape holes is a hog's hair filter and a febreeze filter for vacuum cleaners. The febreeze filter does nothing if I'm being honest.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

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