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  • #1567508

    totsuzenheni
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    The reasons i’ve read for getting, or making an airbrush spray booth are:

    1. Preventing the sprayed paint getting into lungs.

    2. Preventing the sprayed paint getting ‘everywhere’ (else).

    The first of these can be done by a mask, and i’ll have windows ajar nearby.

    How much is the second an issue? How far and wide can those airbrush sprayed, or indeed can sprayed paint particles go?

    Are there any other reasons for getting or making a spray booth?

    What size spray booth should i get or make?

    Recommendations?

    #1567511

    lawnor
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    For my airbrush I’ve always made do with cut down cardboard boxes and a mask, but I’m not overly houseproud.  it could be theres a fine layer of paint over everything thats forming so slowly I’m not noticing.  I would not use a spray can indoors in a box.  Not a second time!  That comes back at you and fills the room.  I’m also a tight arse so I dont want to spend £80+ on a booth if I dont have to.

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    #1567512

    sundancer
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    I’ve got myself this model of spray booth:

    https://www.ebay.de/itm/Mini-Airbrush-Spritzkabine-mobile-Absauganlage-Lackier-Kabine-fur-Modellbau-IO/254721405152?hash=item3b4e9430e0:g:zqYAAOSwdWVfBg4Z

    It has a hose to lead the fumes out of the room and LED lighting which makes it way easier to paint. Because you can see what you do 😉 Also the fan really sucks all the paint in so nothing is settling anywhere else. Plus it’s “portable”. I use the “” because the LED lighting is quite rigidt and hard to disassemble. Only drawback is noise. The fan is louder than my compressor. Other than that I’m happy to have it.

    #1567513

    totsuzenheni
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    How often do you find yourself replacing your cardboard box @lawnor? Looking at the amount of paint over that box i’m guessing you use it a lot for priming, which it would stand to reason is going to be the most spray spreading activity.

    I can’t see any measurements on that booth @sundancer. Do you have some? I don’t need the booth to be portable, but i will probably need it to be either small enough or foldable, so that i can put away somewhere when i need my table for other things. Do you find the small size restricting in any way?

    #1567514

    lawnor
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    Replacing?  I’ve had my first box for many years and now I have 4 boxes that do the whole russian doll thing for storage.  Multiple boxes means I can prime whole armies at once and just rotate the boxes around while the paint is still wet as I don’t need to touch anything.

    Another advantage to a box without a fan is its nowhere near as deep.  I use mine in front of my keyboard and monitor, watching BoW as I spray.  A professional box with a fan would not fit in that space, even if it is better for my room.  Think about the space you’ll be working and how close the window is for that hose in before parting with any money.  Not that I’m saying you shouldnt.

    #1567515

    sundancer
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    I don’t find it that small. When set up the cabin has a footprint of 16 “x 19” x 14 “/ 42 x 48 x 36 cm.

    As for size reference:

    Here is the Imperial Bunker from Star Wars Legion

    And here is me using it the first time (for more size comparison)

     

    #1567518

    totsuzenheni
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    That’s quite a bit bigger than i thought it was @sundancer.

    I like the idea of multiple boxes @lawnor. I’ll bear it in mind when i’m thinking about size.

     

    Does anyone find that the fan in their box means that they can’t be as accurate with the airbrush (because it redirects the spray)?

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  totsuzenheni.
    #1567519

    totsuzenheni
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    That’s quite a bit bigger than i thought it was @sundancer.

    #1567521

    sundancer
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    Does anyone find that the fan in their box means that they can’t be as accurate with the airbrush (because it redirects the spray)?

    Nope. The fans aren’t *that* strong.

    #1567522

    collins
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    If you have a 3d printer in the same room / house then you definitely should get a proper spray booth. I found that my printer bed ceased to be attractive to PLA once I had done some airbrushing without using a booth, ever since I have sprayed in a booth with no issues to me or the printer.

    Also once I got one I was very surprised to see just how much paint doesn’t end on the model (when using rattle cans) and how much back blast there can be even on low PSI

    #1567530

    totsuzenheni
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    That would suggest that the sprayed paint spreads far and wide @collins.

    #1567544

    craigwrdouglas
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    I have the same one as Sundancer, except mine is covered in paint.

    Honestly it’s been great – I’m glad I bought it.

    When you see how much pigment comes out of the big sponge filter at the back of the booth when you clean it, you appreciate how useful the booth is.

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