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  • Member since
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  • From: Maryland
Spray booth
Posted by wpwar11 on Monday, February 7, 2022 3:33 PM

Hello all,

I'm moving my airbrush paint operation from the garage to just adjacent to my work bench inside the house.  There's a sliding door that will work for paint fumes out.  I'm shopping for a spray booth and thought I would ask you guys for recommendations.   I build mostly 1/48 aircraft.  Im not going to consider building my own.  Also, I'm attending my first model show later this month in Richmond, Va.  From what I understand it's a large show.  Is it likely I can purchase one there?

Thanks,

Paul

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, February 7, 2022 4:02 PM

Micromark has options here: https://www.micromark.com/search?keywords=spray%20booth

I have the 15x20 and it's been great for 1/48 aircraft - though the Osprey challenged it :)

I don't recall paying what they are asking - perhaps prices have gone up.  Then again, I've owned mine for 20 years or so.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Monday, February 7, 2022 4:23 PM

I've had the Pace 24" Super- Mini, mid-sized paint booth for about a dozen years now.  Never had any trouble with it.  I build large scale ships, 1/32 and 1/48 scale aircraft, and 1/35 scale armor and I've managed to get nearly all of them in the booth.

TJS

TJS

  • Member since
    February 2021
Posted by MJY65 on Monday, February 7, 2022 6:07 PM

I also have a Pace.  I decided on the 36", but it obviously takes up some significant space.

  • Member since
    October 2021
  • From: Michigan, USA
Posted by J.A. Modelworks on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 3:56 PM

I too have a pace paint booth, the 24 inch super mini. Works really well and the included lights are a nice addition. 

  • Member since
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  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 4:20 PM

You guys are making a strong argument for the Pace.  I'm looking at those plastic booths that are 1/2 the price of the Pace.  I'm guessing the construction and the motor make the difference in price?

  • Member since
    February 2021
Posted by MJY65 on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 5:15 PM

^^^^

 

I'd agree.  Heavy sheet metal construction, HVAC type blower, solid switches, etc.  If the blower ever burns out, it can be easily replaced, but doubt it will be needed.   It uses small furnace filters and moves a nice volume of air.

I wanted to be able to spray solvent based paints without a mask and not worry about stinking up the rest of the house.   It achieves my goals.

  • Member since
    October 2021
  • From: Michigan, USA
Posted by J.A. Modelworks on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 5:55 PM

The pace may seem like alot up front, but it will pay for itself over the long haul. You can tell from the construction they are made with care and quality materials. With the cheap chinese booths you're just wasting your money imo.  

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  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, February 12, 2022 11:14 AM

Got the 24" Pace.  Thanks all for the help.

  • Member since
    March 2021
  • From: Southern California
Posted by dinglebery on Sunday, April 3, 2022 12:32 AM

I'm a little late on this, but I have the Master Airbrush Extra Large with dual fan unit and LED lights and its fantastic. I've had it for a year without issue. Before I got it I was looking at what's available on the market and the Pace was an option but cost more. I'm curious to know if the extraction is any better than my unit.

 

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, April 3, 2022 10:31 AM

I have that fold up spray booth that MicroMark sells, I use two butted together as they are designed to do so. I then feed the exhaust out a window where I have a board that goes in the opening with a dryer vent on it. I can open the window and close it against the board and seal out fumes. Then remove it when I'm done and close the window. Works great. I also added an ACfinity fan to the exhaust to assist in airflow. I can spray the really nasty stuff and you won't smell anything.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Sunday, April 3, 2022 12:52 PM

dinglebery

I'm a little late on this, but I have the Master Airbrush Extra Large with dual fan unit and LED lights and its fantastic. I've had it for a year without issue. Before I got it I was looking at what's available on the market and the Pace was an option but cost more. I'm curious to know if the extraction is any better than my unit.

 

 

Dont know if the Pace is a better unit than the Master but I'm thrilled with the Pace.  The wife can't smell a trace of fumes even when I use lacquers.  It's also pretty quiet.  It did come with a light.  

  • Member since
    October 2021
  • From: Michigan, USA
Posted by J.A. Modelworks on Monday, April 4, 2022 11:19 AM

I can also attest to the pace being one of the best hobby investments I have made. The extraction is excellent and if you wanted to you dont need a mask. No smell whatsoever. I still use a mask for peace of mind, especially if I am using 2k clear coats and metallic paints.  

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