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Hello all,
I kinda stumbled onto this site while surfing and needless to say my wife had to come downstairs numerous times to pull me off the computer.

Anyway, my car is probably a far cry from what you all are use to answering questions about. I have a twin turbo Toyota Supra (don't ban me)that I'm completely repairing myself. I'm down to bodywork and paint and keeping with my goal of a total DIY project I plan on painting it myself. I plan on making a make-shift paint booth and was happy to find that some of the ideas and details I had thought long and hard about to construct this booth is quite similiar to some of the search results I found on this board.

My question, or rather search for opinions is: what do you all think about using an enclosed canopy (those fabric garage type deals) as opposed to pvc/plastic sheeting method? I found a good deal at Sam's Club that sells an enclosed canopy 10'8" x 20' for about $220. Of course a few mods are in order like duct taping all the seams, cutting the holes for the filters and rat wheel blower. Before constructing it I'd lay a piece of plastic sheeting on the ground to prevent dust and dirt from flying up.I should mention that since it is not clear plastic, I'd be losing the benefit of a well lit booth so I guess I'd have to get some lights in there. Any suggestions on this?

Thanks in advance for the help and again, great site you all have here. I plan to stay awhile and marvel at all your rides :D
 

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I personally would still use the clear plastic for cleanliness. You can roll it up and down like a window shade, keeping the sides and floor relatively clean and can hose it down before starting the painting process. Obviously, the natural light that it will let in will cut down on your lighting needs. Also, building 2X4 frames for filters and fan then stapeling plastic to the frames before cutting out makes for a quick setup (duct tape the edges to the wood frame makes for a good seal. An entry/exit door can be a slit in the plastic and duct tape can close it up again, or you can build a frame if you like. All this can be added to your Canopy and it will still be nice and clean and still useful after you are finished.

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I know a gentleman who builds old mopars that sell for between 12 and 20k. He does his painting outside in setup like you are planning. The key is to just pic a day when the wind is not blowing at all.

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I posted this in another thread earlier today:

"Build a tent from 2X2's (or 2x4's), clear plastic from the lumber yard and duct tape . Cost you about $20. Make a box structure but at every corner add a brace of 2 foot lumber.

You can also add a fan and furnace filter to make a nearly dust free environment. My buddy did this and I was very impressed with the results.

The only problem is everybody walking by asks "Whatcha' doing?""

I should add that you can use a dehumidifer to dry out the air if it's humid and staple cheap solar blankets on the south side to keep the heat down.

A homemade booth is so much cheaper and easier in my mind that I wouldn't think of anything else.
 

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Originally posted by asennad:
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The only problem is everybody walking by asks "Whatcha' doing?""

I should add that you can use a dehumidifer to dry out the air if it's humid and staple cheap solar blankets on the south side to keep the heat down.

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LOL....I know what you mean about "whatcha doing?" My neighbors are pretty nosy :D

Good point about the dehumidifier....I will definetly add this to the arsenal as the southern summers get pretty humid.

Thanks for all the replys....
 

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I have a one car carport, three open walls that I close in with plastic and duct tape. I just wanted to add that I had a hard time finding a good squirrel cage that had a belt driven motor. So I got at home depot an industral fan, its like those big round ones thats about 4 ft tall. This one is half the size most important is that it has a sealed motor to protect it from fumes. It works very well. Just thought I would pass it along.


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Originally posted by Maverick:
<strong>I have a one car carport, three open walls that I close in with plastic and duct tape. I just wanted to add that I had a hard time finding a good squirrel cage that had a belt driven motor. So I got at home depot an industral fan, its like those big round ones thats about 4 ft tall. This one is half the size most important is that it has a sealed motor to protect it from fumes. It works very well. Just thought I would pass it along.


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Hey thanks Maverick. Funny I was just looking through the Grainger catalog for some fans, possibly whole house fans or attic fans. One of my concerns IS possible ignition of paint fumes. How much did you pay for the industral fan? Would you have preferred to use a squirrel cage blower? Also, are you pushing air through your booth or pulling it?
Thanks

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Seems like the fan was about 80 bucks I got it at Home Depot. Iam useing it as a puller with some A/C filters at the other end. It will say on the box weather its a sealed motor and protected aginst possible ignition of fumes.
 

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Maverick said:
I have a one car carport, .........................
AHAHHAHA i have never heard anyone call a garage that.... i have a "carport".... could the house air cleaning system from a house be used to suck up all the air or will it not work
 

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You could throw something together but a better plan would be to find someone that has a real indoor place large enough to accommodate you with exhaust fans and good lighting. One of the best paint jobs I ever had was done by an old country guy in his barn. After he does all his sanding he blows all the beams and ceiling off with air and mists the dirt floor with the water hose to keep down dust and drives it in, wipes it down and shoots. Most every boo-boo will sand out of the clear anyway so unless its huge it shouldn't be too bad.
 

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i have the same thing got at sams ran some furring strips and seald it off with plastic sheets and put blue poly tarp on floor works great in new york its 20 to 30 degs running propane bullet 30,000 heats it up to 70 in no time was painting yesterday in snow storm lol
 

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Beenaway,

Just for giggles, I went to that site.

Turns out that you can place an order with a bunch of fake info. Very little verification. The actual credit card transaction comes later.

I would never suggest this :evil: but I bet that placing a huge volume of orders with fictitious names would not make them happy.
 

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outdoor painting

I painted a car outside in a setup like your describing. Built a skeleton out of 2x2's and covered it with a tarp. I left the front and back open for ventilation and painted on a sunny day with a slight breeze. Where I lived there was very little traffic on the road and only 1 close house. No kids playing in the streets etc. The tarp was in case of rain, thats all. Please be mindful of your neighbors. If you get over spray drifting onto your neighbors car or they think there kids are breathing that stuff in there not going to be to impressed. :nono: The only other thing you might want to consider is flying insects. If you paint during the time of year/day/area where there is these flying paint adjusters there going to be attracted to your nice wet paint job. I speak from experience. :pain: Good Luck
 
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