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Rex Johnson    47

Though I work outside, spraying gets pretty messy.

I spray more stuff than I dip these days, platters up to 18", bowls of all sizes etc.

I've used a cardboard box with a squirrel fan but that didn't last long...

 

Outside of spending a big chunk on a commercial booth just to pull away the fog, I'm seeking an easy-up idea that will hold up to outdoor weather.

 

PVC and plastic? 2x4's and plastic? A plastic trash barrel?

What's your 'brilliant!' idea?....

 

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Assuming that your 'cardboard box with a squirrel fan'  worked until the box was demolished, why not make a box using treated 4x2's and sheets of fiberglass roofing

[similar to  http://www.homedepot.com/p/Palruf-26-in-x-8-ft-Clear-PVC-Roof-Panel-100423/100038031
to replace the cardboard box.  It would be light weight, easily handled and hold up to outdoor weather.
 
LT

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dhPotter    146

Plastic trash can spray booth. Mine is 1 year old.

 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.417445012878.195322.344268547878&type=3

 

 

I bought the filters Mark C. suggested - 12"x 12" VEGA Furnace, Vent and Air Conditioner Filter - 3 Pack

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MR6HE7I/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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dhPotter    146

Furnace air filter was how I used to go. The paper frame did not do well when washing the filter.

The Vega filters are completely washable.

I have a small piece of expanded metal taped to the front side of the pc fan. This keeps the filter out of the fan blades. Use a small bungee cord to hold the filters to the garbage can in front of the pc fan. Works well for me.

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RonSa    188

Does the pc fan have enough draw? I'm surprised that it does.

 

I've used 20" box and attic fans with success. For my air brush spray booth I use a 90 CFM bathroom fan. I never considered washing a paper furnace filter instead I recycle my air conditioner filters (20"x20") after a month of use and use them in my dust or spray booth

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dhPotter    146

The pc fan is weak. Sometimes the spray cloud overwhelms the pc fan and have to back away till it clears. Have not looked into a stronger fan, yet. 

A drawback of the garbage can spray booth is using the Critter spray gun with the container hanging down it tends to bump against the front bottom edge of the cutout. Glazing wide bowls and tall objects(12 inches or taller) gets kind of close to the edges of the cutout. Shoot, I was so happy to be spray glazing and have a place to spray inside I looked past these nuisances. 

 

Thinking maybe use the coroplast on a wood frame. Then could make the booth wider and a taller. Then use RonSa's bathroom fan idea for exhaust. 

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RonSa    188
Shoot, I was so happy to be spray glazing and have a place to spray inside I looked past these nuisances.

 

LOL, I get that.

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Joseph F    865

My brother welded me up a small spray booth. It works pretty well. I have those tape lights installed in the top. I also have a strong fan on it. It sucks a lot of air through it. You rarely get overspray even when spraying the insides of bowls and stuff.

 

I still prefer to spray outside in the sun though. Put up a stool and a lazy susan and spray away. 

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Joseph F    865

an 8 inch inline fan that my brother gave me. It pulls like 700-900 CFM if I remember right. I didn't buy it, he had it laying around from some other stuff he was working on.

 

I have a little shed behind my house. It is around 10'x8' big. We built a little wooden table for an 18x18 inch spray box that he welded together, we ran the exhaust out the wall.. It looks like an exhaust hood turned on its side basically. It is a square that has angled backs that go to the 8 inch hole. It is rigged up I will give you that, it is nothing fancy. However it does the job. I buy the little filters that you throw away. They come in a pack of 10 for like a few bucks. I use a new one each time. I only use this when I don't wanna spray outside, which is rarely ever. I just enjoy the natural sunlight and the extra fast drying that the sun provides.

 

One thing that I think a lot of the pottery vendors of the world are missing on out is a hobbyist spray booth. The commercial ones are just too expensive for hobby potters. If someone could make a decent spraybooth in hobby potter size I imagine it would sell well.

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Rex Johnson    47

...agree with that. Expensive equipment out there if you want something that's large enough and actually pulls enough air.

Cheapest I've seen is $450 for a used unit. I'd like to just contain the overspray a bit. Since I work outside anyway it's not really an issue but it makes for alot more cleanup.

I do some large platters that require some space around the piece as well.

Anyhow, thanks for the input all.

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oldlady    1,323

i spray outside and wish i had an indoor unit.  have saved several things to build the booth. a bottom from a shower with a central drain, ( i want a waterfall  to wash the overspray )  a roll of vinyl flooring that i think can be stood up in a circle with an opening in front to form the walls,  and i can do plumbing myself.  now to find the spot indoors and actually DO IT!  and give up on the idea that it is awful to cut a perfectly good, new (9 years ago) roll of vinyl flooring to make walls only 3 feet high.

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dhPotter    146

I was using the trash can spray booth. Dark and small.

 

Now have a 3 ft cube.

Shower base - $104

1x4 ~$20, coroplast (plastic cardboard) - $30

VEGA filters from Amazon - $11

bathroom exhaust fan - $11

18 inch LED under cabinet light - $15

tube of silicone caulk - $5

Scrape 2x4's and OSB board for the table.

 

This booth has been used 4 times. Roomy, bright, light weight, easy clean up. I was thinking the fan was too small, 50cfm, but it worked nicely.  Much more room with this booth. Can actually stick my head and shoulders in this booth to get up close. The bucket under the booth is for cleaning. Let the shower base drain go into the bucket. Sealed up all the seams with caulk. By putting the banding wheel on a scrap 4x6 block of wood it raised the piece up and gives my left forearm a place to rest while turning the banding wheel. Cleans up really easy. A hose with sprayer nozzle and a big sponge.

 

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Pres    896

I would like to have the room for something similar to this - 

 

http://www.tomturnerporcelain.com/page031.htm

 

It looks pretty easy, and at the same time would hold up well to lots of production for you that put out a lot of pots.

 

Check a pinterest on more spray booths and waterfall spraybooths.

 

best,

Pres

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Min    775

I would like to have the room for something similar to this - 

 

http://www.tomturnerporcelain.com/page031.htm

 

It looks pretty easy, and at the same time would hold up well to lots of production for you that put out a lot of pots.

 

Check a pinterest on more spray booths and waterfall spraybooths.

 

best,

Pres

 

That's what ours is like except instead of a submersible pump we used a rubber impeller pump, belt driven, sits on the floor. I also added a piece of thin plastic film by the arm at the top, so the water flows under the plastic for the first 6" or so, was getting spray droplets of water without it.

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