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Old 19th August, 2006, 09:28 PM
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Homemade spray booth

Booman has written another nice little article for us. This time the subject is how to build your own spray booth, cheaply.

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Old 19th August, 2006, 10:36 PM
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Cool, very good idea!
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Now that is inspired!

Awesome work Booman!
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Old 20th August, 2006, 03:24 AM
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Update: I forgot to link from the smaller pictures in the article to the larger ones that were included. That's fixed now.
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Brilliant idea sounds like somethign which could be very handy.
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Old 20th August, 2006, 07:39 PM
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Great job Booman.

This is great work...
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Old 22nd August, 2006, 07:49 PM
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Thanks everyone!
I have allready painted a case chassi, monitor, and RAM heatsinks.
Its works pretty well. Sometimes I use the fans and sometimes I don't need to. I'm planning to paint a "laquered" finish on a case and I hope it comes out completely glossy.
I'll be showing some pics when I get it finished.
Its hot here in Arizona and I have to paint at 6am.
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Old 22nd August, 2006, 08:27 PM
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Lots of very thin coats with lacquer, sand lightly between coats to give the next coat a little "tooth". should look about a foot deep after 5 coats....":O}
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I have been making some adjustments to the Spray Booth.
Since it is so hot here in Phoenix Arizona, the adhesive on the vlecro has been melting and causing them to slip. Its pretty annoying.
So I have been investigating a better way to attach the sides together.

1. snapping buttons: too strong, when pulling them apart it tears through the shower liner.

2. epoxy velcro: big mistake, I used epoxy to glue the velcro on but it doesn't stick to the shower liner at all.

3. shoe goo velcro: still in progress... I have used this on shoes and it doesn't even melt in the Phoenix summers. I'll give updates next week.

If you guys have any ideas of other sticky surfaces that won't melt in the heat, please post em.
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Old 21st September, 2006, 08:34 PM
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Shoe goo will do it, it can do anything!
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Must be damn hot! The glue on velcro is very sticky - assuming your using genuine velcro. Did you apply pressure to it after sticking it on? A seam roller is good for that. It doesn't stick properly unless you do.
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Old 21st September, 2006, 11:59 PM
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Yeah the velcro adhesive is pretty darn sticky. When it gets on your fingers its hard to get it off. It gets in the 100's here in Phoenix and I had the booth in my shed. So the heat got to it and the velcro started slipping. If the shoe goo doesn't work then I may use more sticky velcro because its getting colder.
I used plenty of pressure when origionally sticking the velcro on. I only used my fingers and it sticks very well.
For some reason it softens and starts to droop on hot days.
Oh well.
Thanks for the reccomendations.
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I saw some magnets shaped like washers the other day. I will look I can't remember where now. You could attach the magnets with screws to the frame and attach steel washers to your plastic. Maybe a little sewing....
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I ended up using the velcro again. The shoe goo didn't work either.
It just pulled right off the shower liner.
The velcro adhesive works great until it is exposed to 90 degree heat or higher.
Its getting cooler here in AZ, so I figured the new velcro will last me until May or so. Exchanging the liner was pretty quick. I probably spent about 2 hours to do the whole thing.... I think....
I even put in a larger window.
The magnets are a good idea but too permanent. Attaching the velcro is the quickest way and holds well until the heat kicks in.
If I could store the booth indoors then it would last all year.
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Sorry booman, that's a first for me. Damn you for taking the last point of stablity from my little world...

Ok I'm over it.
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What about something like rubber cement?
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone....
The sticky-back velcro seems to work best.
I shouldn't have to replace it until May or so.
It was good to replace the liner anyways because it had layers of spray powder coated on it.
Pretty messy.
I wonder if anyone has tried to build their own yet?
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Hey! A kid could do it! Now that you've showed us how! Very well done Booman!
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Comment on fan dangers

Great posting Booman on how to build a spray booth. I intend to build one myself. However, in reading it one thing sent up a red flag for me. Some people that see this will be using highly flammable laquers and solvents in the booth. The $5 fans you use appear to be AC and not sparkproof. Not that DC fans are sparkproof either, only the brushless ones or those so designated. I read an article about 2 guys that were spray painting an appliance in a kitchen and were suddenly blown out through a wall as the pilot light on the stove did it's thing. I could only find one type of fan that was inexpensive that fits the bill. Boat bilge fans are designed to be gas vapor and water proof for around $30. Not hard to find, even on Amazon. Hope that's helpful.
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Thanks for the tips bcrispin. I never thought of that and I have used laquer also.
What ended up hapening with the fans is I don't use them at all anymore. My goal with the spray booth is to keep the over spray away from me so I dont' have to breath it. Having fans that suck out the overspray basicly blows it right at me.
I've re-thought the fans also because there has been issues with dust and debris, even with the booth. Depending on the paint you use, the dust is inevitable. So I have been thinking about using a shop VAC and blowing the overspray far enough away where I won't have to breath it and the dust will be removed.

So far the booth works great. I have to re-cover the whole thing once a year because it get smothered with overspray. Its fairly cheap since 4 shower liners cost me $10 and I just spend a few hours zip tying them on. I do have to spend some money on the zip ties and the velcro but it is still functional for a whole year.

Let me know how yours turns out. And take some pictures.

One critical thing about the booth: make sure you build the frame just like in my instructions because it will allow you to take it all apart and store it in a small area. If you decide not to, then its hard to take the computer pieces in/out of the booth and its difficult to store.
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