Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Long Beach, California
Re: spray painting advice needed
Get some cheap plastic sheeting and create a makeshift "tent" - basically a poor man's spray booth.
15 minutes before you're ready to paint, put some very damp newspapers on the ground inside and around the tent. Leave it there and any dust will settle and not be blown back up in the air.
after a few minutes, you should have a relatively dust free area, assuming you've not pitched your tent out in a windstorm or dustbin.
make sure you don't stay in the tent with the fumes, or use a respirator if you do. for small parts, like an engine cover, you can make a small tent and reach into it to paint...
plastic sheeting - the thin mostly transparent type painters use for large covering furniture works fine and is cheap - plus you can make a fairly large tent. You can opt for the heaver blue 'tarps' if you want to re-use it.
places like pic n save or 99 cent stores often sell the sheeting for a fraction of what a normal store charges.
large cardboard boxes (like refrigerator boxes) make great ready-made paint booths. Just wipe out the inside with a wet rag to remove any dust and dampen the inside walls of the box (same thing the newspapers do above). Use some plastic to close the opening between coats.
PS: In my experience, garages are the most dusty places in the house. There's almost alway a huge door that the wind blows under... :P
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