How to Make an Outside Auto Paint Booth

Written by gracie sprouse
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How to Make an Outside Auto Paint Booth
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An outside auto paint booth can be made in several different ways. The most economical way is to purchase a build-it-yourself carport kit and adapt it. Carports are generally the same size as spray booths, and it is much cheaper than buying materials to build one from scratch. Spray booths need ventilation to prevent the excess build-up of paint fumes. Outdoor automobile paint booths with partially-open side vents will provide plenty of ventilation when painting a vehicle.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Car port kit
  • Duct tape
  • Plastic sheeting, 2 rolls, contractor grade
  • An assistant

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  1. 1

    Choose an area to build the spray booth. The ground should be level.

  2. 2

    Follow the instructions that came with the carport and assemble it, leaving the roof off. This will provide the needed space for installing wall covering. The roof will be installed later.

  3. 3

    With help from an assistant, roll out enough of the contractor plastic to cover the inside wall areas. Cut the plastic near each pole, leaving enough space to apply the duct tape. Tape the edges of the plastic to the corner poles. Continue applying and taping the plastic until the entire inside of the spray booth is covered.

  4. 4

    Attach the roof cover and secure it following the instructions for the carport.

  5. 5

    Cut enough plastic to cover the door area from top to bottom. Tape the top section of the plastic to the roof pole, leaving the sides and bottom open. Roll up the plastic to open the door area.

  6. 6

    Cut a large square out of a side panel close to the roof area approximately 36 inches square. Cut only the sides and bottom and tape the cut section up to create an air vent in the carport.

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