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For Anyone Interested In A Paint Booth...

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  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Virginia
For Anyone Interested In A Paint Booth...
Posted by Wingman_kz on Sunday, May 11, 2003 10:18 AM
A paint booth is something I've been working on for several months now. Everytime I thought I had some extra money to build one, something happened that took it.

Well, a friend lent a helping hand the other day. He actually likes working wood. I've heard that some people do but never actually experienced this phenomenom (sp). I prefer sheet metal myself but since I'm out of the biz for now...I digress...

He threw this together in just a few hours. Granted, he had some scrap lumber and stuff laying around and he has a friend that runs a hardware store but he didn't even have a plan. Other than what we talked about at work the other nite.

He built it out of chipboard with some 1x2 pine for the frame work. It's 20" x 20" x 18" deep. He nailed a couple of strips of 1x2 running up the inside walls on each side a couple inches in from the back and put a little door over top of them. This is to drop in a couple of 20" x 20" furnace filters. Or maybe one if you use the good ones. For the rest of the top he put in a piece of plexiglass to let in some light. And he put a door on the front so I could just close up whatever I painted when done to keep out dust and dirt.

It needs a little finish work and some paint on it. I have a blower that came off of a gas heater that I need to clean up and will then mount on the back and run a dryer hose (metal hose) to a window. I'll take another piece of wood and cut to size to fit the window and probably put a louvered dryer vent in it.

Blowers/fans aren't inexpensive. You can find them at if you're in the states. I don't know if they sell internationally or not but you should be able to find a similar supply store just about anywhere. Here's links to some different Dayton blowers that Grainger sells. If you click on the red *Small Centrifugal Blowers* at the top of the page you can browse the list.

And here's a page that lists and shows several different ones.

At some point in the future I'll build another out of different materials with a few modifications but for now, this is great! If you want to see some pics of it, click on the link below. I haven't uploaded them yet but it won't take long. You can also see the Integra that my son and me built. If you're interested and have any questions just drop me a line...I'll draw up plans after I get some sleep if anyone is interested.

PS...Please forgive the mess, I haven't had time to clean house.Big Smile [:D]


  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: USA
Posted by naplak on Sunday, May 11, 2003 10:33 AM
I found a nice quiet Fan that has a good 210 CFM flow at Home Depot for $60... ... a free site for modelers ... a nice Modeling Forum
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 12, 2003 4:55 PM
Neat booth. I like the way the plexi-glass top and the door. Very good features.

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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 12, 2003 9:16 PM
Nice booth, and the integra ain't half bad either.
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 12, 2003 9:46 PM
For those that wish to follow the lead of Wingman and build their own, a great vent solution I've found is an old range hood from over a stove. I found a 42" one about a month ago in some guys back yard, and he just said to take it. It's amazing what you can find just driving around town. Scrap CDX or MDF is even easier to find, especially after the tornadoes in this area (Kansas / Missouri area.) Just keep a lookout...

  • Member since
    April 2003
Posted by Tracker on Monday, May 12, 2003 10:55 PM
I am also researching a paint booth. Searches using google found that Grainger had a Dayton blower, 4C445, for the lowest price ($120) of any other source, and an article you may find interesting.
I liked his slanted cover for top spraying and the plenum chamber.
A friend in HVAC is searching his "collection" to see if he has a used blower. I hope to build mine in the next month or so.
  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Virginia
Posted by Wingman_kz on Thursday, May 15, 2003 9:21 AM
Thanks for the comments guys, I'll pass them along to my friend. He was so proud when he gave it to me. Big Smile [:D]

The motor on the blower I have is dead so I'm getting one from Grainger today. My boss approved me buying it through work and just called to tell me I could pick it up anytime.

Carpenter, I had found that page in digging around the net. He gives some pretty detailed info. Using his calculations the 265cfm blower I'm getting should be just about right. I have to use flex ducting but only have to run it about 4 feet to the window.

The fan with tax is about $62 and if I had to buy the materials for the booth the whole thing wouldn't have been much over $100. That's quite a bit cheaper than the cheapest ready-made booth I found. Plus, it's custom...Wink [;)]

Good Luck with your booths guys! Let me know how they work out for you.

I guess now I'm actually gonna have to start building something. Maybe I'll start with that Viper...


  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, June 21, 2003 10:05 PM
my son built me a spray booth in a couple of hours. He didnt get his gift of woodworking from his dad, believe me. I got a "phart fan" at Lowes for about $13, and it works great. I have it vented out a chimney that i am not using in my garage.


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