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#1 brodie_83

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:50 AM

Im in need of a paint booth (roommate is sick of smelling spray paint in the house) and would like to see some designs so I can get an idea of how I want to build one. Thanks guys!

#2 Prostreet

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:54 AM

Here is mine, nothing special. Use a Grainger squirrel cage fan. I have about $165 in it. Here's a link to the thread.

 

http://www.modelcars...l=+paint +booth



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Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:43 AM

Plenty of Paint Booth threads here.

Just use the Search feature.

 

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#4 Gothic Kustomz

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:48 AM

I built mine for like 30.bux, most the stuff I got at the hardware store, (home Improvement), yeah it vents right outside, there are some youtube how to's on this, but here is what mine looks like, works great for me, took me all of about to hours to put together, OH1 yea theres a 50 CFM vent behind the blue filter, I dont think it's enough, but when you turn that puppy on, you fight like hell to get it open, and please man stay away from the shop Vac, version, it will go POOF!...

 

 

 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:08 AM

I don't have a spray booth. I just have a small stand that sets in front of a window with a box fan in it. When I primer and paint, I just open the window and turn the fan on. I allow the fan to run a few minutes after I'm done to make sure all of the fumes are out. It works very well because my wife hasn't complained a single time and she has a very sensitive sense of smell.



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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:32 AM

I built mine from a half sheet of plywood and some pegboard to cover the filter. It currently resides in my basement with some PVC pipe venting it out a window.

 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:22 AM

It's true that this forum has seen a multitude of threads on building a spray booth, but the search function here is totally useless. You're better off just using Google or the scaleautomag.com search. I think that more than half our members would tell you to just buy a commercial spray booth like those available from Pace, typically around $200 (why spend $165 to build your own?). The only reason I can think of for building your own is if you specialize in large-scale models that are too big for these booths.

 

http://www.modelcars...showtopic=28124


Edited by sjordan2, 03 February 2013 - 11:26 AM.


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:31 PM

I seen this on E-Bay the other day,

Has anybody seen or used this unit(s)?

 

I have done a little research on this unit but can not find much on it.

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item4ab9ca42f8

 

Here is the Paasche Hobby Paint Booth,

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item5aed68bbce

 

Thay look the same just wonder if thay same booth just renamed? Or a cheap clone?

 

any thoughts or help!

 

thanks


Edited by Mr.Bill, 03 February 2013 - 12:36 PM.


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:59 PM

 I think that more than half our members would tell you to just buy a commercial spray booth like those available from Pace, typically around $200 (why spend $165 to build your own?).

 

http://www.modelcars...showtopic=28124

 

I see what you did there,    Or because you like to build things. The cheapest Pace is $265 + $25 packing and handling.



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Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:02 PM

 

I see what you did there,    Or because you like to build things. The cheapest Pace is $265 + $25 packing and handling.

 Huh? What did I do there? What are you talking about?

 

If you think I'm shilling for a manufacturer, I don't have a paint booth. I paint outside. I'm just passing on what I've learned from the 230,005 posts on this subject.


Edited by sjordan2, 03 February 2013 - 01:14 PM.


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

Mine is one of those closets that you put together yourself.  I modified it and installed a squirrel cage fan on top.

 

 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:06 PM

You can also go to TCP global . com, or on ebay, I found a potable one on ebay for 49.99, with free shipping, it really all comes down to, what your looking for, like I said, I built mine for 30.00, and gas, to get to town, and 2 hours of time, or like its stated on here, before this got hijacked, you can go all out and spend ooodles of $, none the less, wish you the best on what you decide, and remember have fun, build on.


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#13 uncle potts

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:13 PM

Im in need of a paint booth (roommate is sick of smelling spray paint in the house) and would like to see some designs so I can get an idea of how I want to build one. Thanks guys!

Hey I'm with you. Some of us missed the previous threads and need a little help. I personally can't afford a pace unit.

 

So lets quit the arguing and get back to the point of this thread, please.



#14 mikemodeler

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

In regards to building versus buying, it comes down to what you can afford and what you are comfortable doing. Some members here have some serious carpentry skills and can whip together a booth with a sheet of 4x8 plywood and a simple fan and others would rather go to a website and whip out the Visa card.

 

If you have the time, tools and ability to build your own booth, you can do so for less money than a ready built one. There are many posts here about building your own (including some pros and cons) so research them and decided for yourself. The forum members here are a helpful bunch so if you see one that you like, I am sure if you PM them they will help you.

 

Years ago Fine Scale Modeler did a feature article about building your own that was very detailed in what all was needed. Can't remember exactly which issue but it was about 12 years ago and not much has changed since then. You might be able to find it in their archives or maybe someone here can post it if they have it. I think I can find the magazine but it might be a couple of days.

 

In the end, let yourself decide what you are comfortable with. I do advise to think about the safety and research the components you use to make sure there won't be any problems down the road. If your roommate hates the smell of paint, imagine how much he would hate the smell of a burning house!



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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:35 PM

I paid $115 for a fan. Used scrap plywood. About $35 worth of ducts. An electrical box, switch and end of an old extension cord. I have a 265 CFM downdraft booth. Give me a minute and ill post some pics.

Here is my fan number from grainger
Item #: 6FHX9

Edited by Erik Smith, 03 February 2013 - 05:39 PM.


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

I like Jim's idea. Plus, you get some storage out of the deal.

 

That, and all things considered, you can get a used particle board wardrobe cheap, new ones reasonably, and used squirrel cage blowers for not a lot of money.

 

I might seriously consider knocking something like that together.

 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:18 PM

I made one that is roughly 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 feet maybe even 3 feet cubed. four sides are thin plywood and two are plexiglass. I made a rough squirrel cage fan I need to replace. total cost right at $10 dollars for the glass. It has a furnace filter and the front and top are clear. If I want a light I can use a lamp or I may buy a light.  All the rest was what I had around or I got from friends or relatives remodeling. You can go with a manufactured booth or challenge yourself and see what you can come up with. I for one am a rather cheap person, I'd rather find a no or low cost alternative. The important thing is research so that you don't compromise your safety. The rest is up to you.



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Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:03 AM

I seen this on E-Bay the other day,

Has anybody seen or used this unit(s)?

 

I have done a little research on this unit but can not find much on it.

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item4ab9ca42f8

 

Here is the Paasche Hobby Paint Booth,

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item5aed68bbce

 

Thay look the same just wonder if thay same booth just renamed? Or a cheap clone?

 

any thoughts or help!

 

thanks

 

Here is the down side: Note: Not intented for use with hazardous materials, flammable or explosive paints or materials.

 

 

If you are spraying flammable material, you don't want the type of fan that the fumes will pass over the motor.  Go with the squirrel cage type fan.



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Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:07 AM

i made mine and i am glad I did.
i used a 6x10 air conditioning duct part and hot glued the fans in. yes, the fans are intrinsically safe.
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the bottom of the booth is slanted to the fans. i used duct sheet metal for that. some green cut to size filter catches all the overspray and i use the grate off a screen door as a floor. as seen in this pic
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the duct was less than 30 bucks. the light and grate was like 40 and the fans were free
the out side can be made with painted plywood or what ever. if you cant find or just dont trust brushless fans then ebay
jenn-air fan.
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these suck in a good way. for around 50-75 bucks you cant lose. for 120-150 bucks, you can build a way better booth than can be bought.

Edited by lanesteele240, 04 February 2013 - 04:14 AM.


#20 Rob McKee

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:10 PM

Another option is to find a range hood for your exhaust fan. I was lucky to find a brand new suitable range hood with dual squirrel cage motors on craigslist for $40.

 

Here are a couple of shots before i built it into a box.

 

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This has worked very well  for me.