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Drying Booths - Worth It?!?!?!?

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Drying Booths - Worth It?!?!?!?
Posted by Eggbert on Thursday, August 30, 2018 8:31 AM

Just curious what opinions are regarding the concept of drying booths for enamels.  

The concept of it is very tempting for someone who loves to use enamels but wishes for a faster cure.

Thoughts?

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Posted by Declassified on Thursday, August 30, 2018 8:42 AM
any links to any particular booths for those unfamiliar with them?
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Posted by Eggbert on Thursday, August 30, 2018 8:45 AM
www.micromark.com/Dr.-Dry-Booth

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Posted by Murphy's Law on Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:06 AM
Wow that’s expensive for something that a week would do the same but if you are willing to pay and don’t like waiting go for it. I don’t have any experience with any drying booths but I have seen where folks have used food dehydrators to speed up drying. May give that a look and see if you can come out much cheaper. Just have to check the temps. on them out first and compare.
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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:31 AM

$200 for a drying booth!?!? A total waste of money.  I'd rather spend $200 elsewhere. I've heard folks build their own drying booths though. 

I don't even own one nor plan on getting one - bought or homemade. I don't see a need for it unless you're in a hurry to finish a kit.

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Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:34 AM

Don Stauffer, who is on FSM forums had a thread about a home built Paint dryer. Me personally, I would not pay $200 for a paint dryer. I'll build one myself.

I can't find the thread I'm talking about, and the search option on this forum doesn't work well.

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by Declassified on Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:38 AM
seems excessive for sure. When me and my friend would make and paint guitar pedals we would "cure" the paint in a cheap toaster oven. I don't see that working for a plastic model though. warping would be a definite problem.
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Posted by Bish on Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:43 AM

I certainly would not pay that sort of money for somthing like that. I made my own but only to keep the dust off whilst drying, i didn't attach a heat source to it. Never seen the need to speed up the drying process.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:44 AM

To get a good picture and description of Don's homemade booth, search Drying Booth, then filter by Authors. The second post down is Don's reply to another thread on making your own.

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:59 AM

Don's post is here.

Tip for searching this site: Ignore the site's search function, which is useless. Use a major search engine.

EDIT: Below is the link (becasue the hyperlink function here still doesn't work right

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/18/t/146050.aspx

...and even that won't post as a hyperlink. I'm about ready to give it up.

 

 

-Greg

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Posted by Eggbert on Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:19 AM

Thank you for finding Don’s post. Prior to posting this topic, I used the search function and did not see this come up. Now I know how to search properly.

I work in spurts due to a busy family schedule with young kids and can’t get anything done if I am forced to wait a week for drying.

This is a great solution for me.  

Thank you! 

Bill

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, August 30, 2018 11:09 AM

Glad I could help you find Don's post, Bill.

 

-Greg

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Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, August 30, 2018 11:33 AM

Greg

Don's post is here.

Tip for searching this site: Ignore the site's search function, which is useless. Use a major search engine.

EDIT: Below is the link (becasue the hyperlink function here still doesn't work right

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/18/t/146050.aspx

...and even that won't post as a hyperlink. I'm about ready to give it up.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the tip on searching, Greg! And thanks for posting Don's thread.

Also, I've never been able to hyperlink a FSM forum link on the FSM forum. Kinda funny!

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, August 30, 2018 11:43 AM

Bruce, glad to be of some use. You're welcome.

How I found out really was back in '13, newly back in the hobby and "Googling" lots of hobby-related searches, most of the top results came back to right here at good 'ol FSM. That's how I found out about this place and all the nice folk here.

Then after I joined up, I got all frustrated about the forum search function not really working, until one day a little light went off. Idea

Smile

Edit: Hopefully Don will find this thread and chime in, then credit can go where it is deserved.

-Greg

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Posted by modelmaker66 on Friday, August 31, 2018 1:47 AM

I use a hand held hair dryer.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, August 31, 2018 9:05 AM

My drying booth cost me about 30 bucks, including the fan.  I had the lightbulb heatsource already on hand.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, August 31, 2018 3:18 PM

Or if you know of a room / area (garage dormer for example) that gets really hot (not humid) during the summer. Cheap, yet free. I know my garage dormer gets super hot during the summer. Smile

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