Spray booth again

It's not often you come up with a really good idea. I had one and it = can be found at

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Please, if you found inspiration from this article, or if you improved = it - PLEASE send me a mail. I'd really like to hear from you.

Sorry for the "noise" but I'm kind of proud of this. Hate to see = someone miss the opportunity to build something really cheap - also hate = to lack "improvement-input".

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Olle Bjurstam
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Interesting solution. It does seem small - a 1:24 car body or 1:72 airplane would hardly fit in there. Also, you're not worried about blowing fumes back into the room? Or are you using ducting to vent the fumes outside? And I see the fan is a standard axial one. Wouldn't this create a fire hazard (if you use flammable paint or propellant)?

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Harro de Jong

The overall idea is a good one - it's certainly better than nothing at all, especially for smaller models. But the fan/ducting design is a problem Most electric motors use the carbon brush and copper commutator, and carbon particles from the brushes certainly do wear away and cause high voltage arcing - i.e. sparks. Also alcohol is indeed flammable. The solution is to take the fan out of the airflow. How? That's down to duct design - an 'L' shaped arrangement usually works, with the fan at the juncture blowing down the long arm of the 'L' creating suction at the end of the short arm. Find a good source of info - adding venturis will increase the airflow for instance. It's probably out there on the net, but hey - I have a perfectly good window to spray out of, so you'll have to find it yourself. :) Plus its a creative use of resources that would otherwise go to landfill. Good one Olle. Chek

The "Hepa"-filter is an active filter which seems to be good at soaking up fumes from at least akrylics/alcohol. There is no smell at all. Placing parts that's been "washed" with oils diluted in White spirit inside the booth and starting the fan will also take away the smell.

A venting duct will be attached when I switch to my new room. I see that most as a way not to have too much dust lifting and circulating in the room.

About fire hazard - never heard about it happening. I spray akrylics and dilute with alcohol. As mentioned earlier, most of the fumes stays in the filter and what's left can't be much. If I was able to get a concentration of fumes that could be lit by a spark from the fan i would worry about it no mater which fan I used. I personally don't think it's that likely an explosion or fire would start just because of the fan. It would have happened before - I think.

This is just an alternative to nothing at all. If you can afford, or can manage to build a "regular" booth that will probably be best. But this is cheap, easy and it works for me.


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snipped-for-privacy@telia.com (Olle Bjurstam) wrote in :

Actually, I plan to use the cardboard box from a 17" monitor. If that works well, I'll see about building a more solid box.

I use mostly enamels, which do seem to be more agressive. The HEPA filter is an interesting solution, though. Most designs I've seen use a filter from a range hood, which wouldn't be as efficient.

Yeah, maybe. But it's the one think I keep reading about. The problem is, a safe fan (a centrifugal fan, with the motor outside the airflow) costs $

100, when I can get a 'regular' axial fan for $ 20. I'm still trying to decide if there really is a risk.

I didn't mean to criticize your solution, BTW. I was just curious.

Reply to
Harro de Jong

Never entered my mind you were critical. Sorry if I sounded defensive.

Good luck with your design. Please tell us how it works out.


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Olle Bjurstam

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