A paint booth has two main functions: leave the dust particles out and keep the paint spray inside. In order to achieve an original finish, it is mandatory to have an isolated area where to paint. Consider the following steps to learn how to build a paint booth.
- Find a suitable area, you can use your garage if you have one. If so, the work will be easier. You must have four fixed walls in which to place the plastic slats. The garage probably already has a light source. You should protect the lights of the spray paint. If you do not have a garage or do not want to use it as a paint booth, proceed as follows.
- Build a booth in such a way that it fits the size of your project. You can use racks and place them together to form the cabin. Make sure they are level and matching in size. You probably want to use some 2 x 4 to have enough weight and be stable. Add some feet to the base so it can stand on its own. The foot walls will allow you to use one as a door as well as being able to pass the extension cables that cover the needs of electric power. This training will allow you to mount the cabin when you need it and save it in sections when you do not use it.
- Cover with plastic. After you’ve tested the walls for correct size and stability, it’s time to put the plastic roll strips around the frames. This will leave the dust off and spray the paint inside.
- Decide on a floor to work on. If you do not care about the floor on which you will mount the cabin, do nothing. If you want to protect the area, a few sheets of wood will do.
- Cover the roof. Once the walls are in place, use a ladder to cover the roof with plastic roll slats. This part can be done better if you have a friend to help you stretch the plastic along the ceiling. If the cabin is too long to cover, build a frame to put on top and then cover it. Make the roof only slightly longer than the cabin, then place support angles to hold it.
- Brighten it up. If natural light is not working, use portable floor lights. These, with the walls and the ceiling armed in sections, will make your painting booth easy to assemble and dismantle as it suits you.
Tips & Warnings
- You should have enough extra material to hand in case of errors or poor calculations.
- A cabin like the one described in this article is only to paint occasionally. For professional painting, you must build a cabin that covers the permits and requirements established by your city. These codes will vary depending on where you live.
- For your health, always wear a mask and appropriate clothes to sand or paint.
- If you set lights in the cab, make sure they are not near plastic or other flammable materials. Turn them off when you do not use them. Do not leave the cab with lights on if you do not use it.