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Old 05-27-2005, 10:41 AM
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Home Booth, how wide

I know the bigger the better (within reason) of course, but, what would be the minimum distance between the booth walls and car that you would feel comfortable with in a paint booth?

Also what do you do for the floor. I know some have posted wetting it down, but doesn't that add moisture to the air..... something we don't need any more of up in Seattle Anyhow I would prefer to lay down a tarp or something so the floor doesn't get painted... Does that get too sticky and cause problems?


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Old 05-27-2005, 11:18 AM
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I tried a tarp once and I spent more time trying to get it off my feet than painting
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Get some rosin impregnated paper from Home Depot (about $25.00) Lay it out for your floor and tape the seams with duct tape. When your ready to shoot wet it down thoroughly - this makes a huge difference in dust control. I paint in NW Oregon and I haven't had a problem with moisture in the booth. Just make sure humidity is below 85% and it is not raining (or just rained). A partly cloudy day 65-75 degrees is perfect. Make sure you are moving a good amount of air thru your booth - this will help any moisture from collecting. Also go invest in a lint free painting suit (shoot suit about $30.00)! Most of the dust that will screw up your paint comes from your clothes, hair, and your spray hose!
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as for width , i would say if you can open the doors fully on each side , that's a good place to start. on the floor covering , i've often thought of using that tyvek house wrap. just tape it to the floor , then when you're done just roll it up and throw it out.
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14'X25' would be about average for paint booth working area, if the car is larger the booth will need to be larger. A good paint suit will usually cut down dirt problems 80% or more if you're in a good spraying environment.
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Old 05-28-2005, 10:47 AM
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Wetting the floor is a good way to keep the dust down but the 2 big problems with it are,
1. If your not REAL carefull,you get moisture ON the car.
2. You have to keep rewetting as it will evaporate quickly with the fan running.
3. See # 1.

I use half of my 30X40 shop so 20X20 is my actual paint area. Believe me,the bigger the area,the better.

Getting paint on the floor is a givin. I gave up long ago trying to prevent it and just use a pressure washer to clean it out after a big job.
If your just doing a car or such for one job it's not too bad with the wetting of the floor as long as you get it cleaned out SOON after the paint job.
I do a thourough cleaning the day BEFORE and then move the vehicle in for paint. I do the final blow off of the vehicle as well BEFORE moving it in to paint. Then all I have is to tack it off and shoot it.

Basically this, Do your major cleaning a day before. DON'T use high psi air AFTER you have the vehicle IN the booth,Wet the floor CAREFULLY, your clear job is what your MOST concerned with trash in.
USE a PAINT SUIT, Lint off your clothes is your worst source for trash.
Filter your INLET booth air. The second leading source of trash.
Be aware that moisture from gloves and your respirator exaust are a MAJOR source for water in your paint job.

JMO, I find the MORE you stir up dust trying to get rid of it,the WORSE it is.
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Why not paint the car naked? Or maybe in your underwear? If it's a hot summer day you would probably do this anyways without telling any of us
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