I need to spray a lot of small pieces of trim. Given the temperatures and
humidity in central Illinois, I was thinking of setting up a cardboard ( re
frigerator boxes) spray booth. I am spraying Hydrocote using an 4 stage Fu
ji gun. Anybody out there done this without coating all your big tools?
Here's a thought... temporary plastic greenhoues:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Here's one for around $100.
That should contain any overspray (and concentrate vapors--so take extra
precautions!) so you don't have to cover all your big tools.
If you decide to give this a try, I'd love to hear how it went. (You
could probably actually build one out of plastic sheeting and 2x4s for
around half the price.)
On Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 5:08:41 PM UTC-6, Len wrote:
d humidity in central Illinois, I was thinking of setting up a cardboard (
refrigerator boxes) spray booth. I am spraying Hydrocote using an 4 stage
Fuji gun. Anybody out there done this without coating all your big tools?
I have a different take on this type of problem. When I am doing the same
thing, I use what I think of as a clothesline. For example, I recently add
ed a contrasting color of crown molding around a kitchen full of cabinets.
Some pieces were long, a lot were short. The long ones I put across sawhors
es and sprayed them. I don't like spray pieces laying flat as they are too
attractive to bugs for an easy landing, settling dust, falling leaves, etc
. So the long pieces are sprayed and taken back in the house.
The clothesline comes into play when I run the longest piece of rope that I
can inside the client's garage (or on a porch, etc.). I literally take a
piece of the same rope and string it somewhere else away from the house so
I don't have to worry about overspray and drift when spraying. I put brad,
hook of some sort, even a bent nail in the trims to hang them on the short
rope in the yard and then spray them. They stay hanging in the protected
area until they dry.
Remember, the humidity only affects the >drying< or the curing of your fini
sh, not the application. Mix your finish inside the protected area, walk o
ut with the gun, start shooting. Remove the air supply from the gun and wa
lk your sprayed pieces back to the drying area. I do this same thing when
spraying drawer fronts, cabinet doors, trims, and anything else I can't spr
ay in place.
I hate spray cabinets, booths, tents, or hoods. Fumes scare me, and I hate
to deal with overspray, so I always spray outside and make as many trips a
s needed to handle my materials.
I had the Fuji setup you have and used it for years. It is a great machine
and certainly served me well for years using the method described above.
but temperature also matters and OP noted that as well as humidity
where they are
some products like warmer temps and say so
hydrocote says not below 55
does this method work at low temperatures or do you do something
Go for it.
This particular project a couple of years back was an example of doing
just that as the large plaque for a customer needed to be sprayed very
carefully, and expertly, as the finish needed to be approved by the
client before paying ... and an expert in finishing I am certainly not.
Just moved all the machinery against the walls, covered them in plastic
and used the overhead doors rails as a "clothes hanger".
If it hadn't been for Robert's (nailshooter41) expert advice, via
numerous phone calls and emails, in mitigating my lack of expertise in
both choosing, and spraying, the correct product to get the desired
finish, and HVLP's lack of overspray, it would have turned out badly.
In short, had to use the entire shop as a spray booth to get the job
done, but it worked out fine, with no damage to any of the considerable
number of shop tools you can see in some of the photos ... where there's
a need, there's a way.
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