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Old 12-21-2004, 05:42 AM
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painting in the winter months is rough. i think it was 15deg. here yesterday and at 10,000cfm my booth will suck all the heated air out of the building in minutes. painting with a heater is the only way to do it, atleast when you spray everyday. i think the anti spark/flame thing in the booth is a little overrated. i have a 200,000 btu torpedo heater that stays in the booth all the time, even when i spray. back before i was painting bikes and cars i sprayed alot of cabinetry in my garage with no ventilation and had one of those propane wall heaters. i remember a couple times when i could barely see my hand in front of my face and the heater was blazin away. i dont recommend a situation like this at all. i think back now that i must have been crazy but my booth now stays very clear when i spray. usually someone can be in there with me standing on the other side and barely smell the fumes. considering that the situation in my garage is worst case and nothing happened then now that i have the booth i dont worry about it. best thing is not only does it keep it somewhat warm in the booth while spraying, when your done you can bake your parts. if you blow yourself up dont come running to the hotrodders forum yelling mrclean told me to do it!! i'm sure alot of people will disagree but if you have good ventilation where you spray you'll be ok. i have been doing it everyday for years and not once had any kind of problem. as for your catalyst question, i usually use fast or normal in the winter months. only time i use slow is if for some reason i am applying more coats than normal and i plan on baking.
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