|07-16-2009 04:28 PM|
|atichargr||I did take into concideration my fiance, pets and neighbors.. that is why I am painting in the far back of my yard and during the day during the week when most people should be at work.... hopefully with in the next month thanks to Mike and all his help...|
|07-16-2009 11:46 AM|
I agree with DB the health hazards with a home paint job are far more serious, and of concern than the possibility of a paint explosion.
|07-16-2009 12:49 AM|
|deadbodyman||Well the way I look at it some people will do it themselves regaurdless so it's up to us to show them how,safely...theres a lot to know and there are hiddin dangers like haveing kids around or in the house while painting in the garage that cnncerns me greatly...education is always a good thing and ignorance can kill|
|07-16-2009 12:07 AM|
|68-poncho||why not use exhaust fans they use in grain bins.grain dust is explosive when at the right levels,these are explosion proof.and can be bought at any fram supply store.i have worked in the electrical trade for many years,and have installed many explosion proof devices,they are not cheap.ridged pipe,fixtures switch boxes,twist lock recepticles and plugs,and chico to stuff into the pipes to seal then off.you also have to watch the lel's (lower explosive limits)if they are just right boomto low of to high no explosion.|
|07-15-2009 09:18 PM|
Things I learned
Thanks deadbodyman for the kind words. It has been a fun project.
This was my first real paint job I have done on a car. I shot my car with primer in the 70's to make it all one color but that is it.
I guess this is where I do my Rah Rah speech about IF you want to paint and IF you have the time and IF you have a place and IF you want to put in your time LEARNING before you pick up the gun, it is something that can be done with good results. There are a lot of IF's there...
I spent months here asking questions and reading as much as I could. You guys here are the best. You took this newbie under your wings and answered all the questions I asked without trying to make me feel dumb or build yourselves up. I owe all of you a big thank you again.
Just be really honest with yourself before you decide to do it.
Do not think you can paint your car for $300 in 1 weekend. It will not happen. Paint because you really want to and listen to the Pro's here when they give you advice. They are craftsmen and artists all rolled into one.
I have a huge amount of respect for the guys who can do it and do it well.
But most important, no paint job is worth making yourself ill. Wear protective clothes, gloves and get a proper respirator or supplied air system.
Your safety should be number one.
Good Luck and Be Safe
|07-15-2009 08:00 PM|
|deadbodyman||Fantastic job,Your a lucky man,nothing like an old car to bring the generations together,its the only time me and my dad got along,that cant be your first paint job....right? only a pro can build a booth like that and paint a car that well.....right?|
|07-15-2009 04:27 PM|
LOL here you go:
There are tabs on the top of the pages for all of the work we did on "The 66".
My 15 1/2 year old son (then) "found" the car that had been parked in a field since 1977. He bought it for $300 and I promised him we would rebuild it together. 2 1/2 years later he drove it to to his Senior Prom.
A win for Father~Son projects...
Good Luck and BE Safe
***Since the post went to page 3, here is the link for our home made paint booth
|07-15-2009 03:33 PM|
|07-15-2009 03:16 PM|
Not a totally original idea.
I did think it would help others with lessons learned, safety and some pictures so I added it to our father/son 66 Mustang restoration website.
Lots of ways to skin a cat and this is just one that worked for us.
Good Luck and BE Safe
|07-15-2009 02:50 PM|
|deadbodyman||I second that!!!!!|
|07-15-2009 02:20 PM|
|07-15-2009 12:31 PM|
I used a car cover with clear visqueen on the sides to allow natural light in. This avoided the issue of lighting.
I also used box fans outside the enclosure blowing air inside the booth through filters. Air compressors were outside and away from the booth.
I also grounded the car inside the booth with a chain.
Pictures here if interested:
|07-15-2009 09:00 AM|
Never said it is impossible to create a bomb! Happens all the time in the grain industry - grain dust, mixed w/ the right amount of air + a piece of bailing wire rattling and sparking down pneumatic duct = BOOM!! Lacquer thinner, gasoline, rattle can paints, finger nail polish remover, wood sanding dust, etc., etc. etc., in the right mixture with air and a spark will blow every time. Point is, with a ventilated booth, solvent concentrations will be several orders of magnitude too low to be an explosion risk. Analogy in the woodworking industry is central dust collection systems (I have one of those too in my shop!). Wood dust in air is every bit as explosive as paint solvent. However the woodworking industry uses dust collection systems all the time because again, the system is moving so much air that the dust concentration is rarely (won't say never cause it DOES happen) high enough to cause a hazard.
By all means if you are not confident in what you are doing, go with the explosion proof components. However the risk (NEVER zero in anything we do in life) is way less than being struck by lightening, hit by a falling jet liner, going thru a year w/o a tax increase from some branch of government.
|07-15-2009 07:39 AM|
|deadbodyman||smoking WILL kill you one way or another.|
|07-15-2009 03:22 AM|
One day we heard a really big boom .
The workers at a local Macco Auto Paint shop 8 blocks up the street were cleaning the paint booth fan blades and flue with lacquer thinner for some odd reason.. One of the workers lite up a cigarette.
It was his last smoke.
There was a little bit of fire to go with it..
It killed him instantly dead as a mackerel ...
The shop closed and never reopened..
Safety first, safety is no accident...
Had a fan been blowing it probably wouldn't have happened..
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