DIY: Hobby Spray Paint Booth

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A hobby spray paint booth is a necessity for those that dabble in the art of model cars, and other building projects that require spray paint. For those who do not have the ability to run outside each time a project needs paint, a hobby spray paint booth is the way to go. The booth provides a clean space to paint the object, and allow it to dry completely without the possibility of dust exposure. The enclosed area will prevent paint from landing on other items that do not require a new coat of paint.

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Things you need

  • 3 sheets of ½-inch plywood
  • Saw
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Light
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • White paint
  • Four nails
  • Exhaust fan
  • Furnace filter
  • Putty
  • Hinge
  • Eye and hook

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  1. 1

    Cut 6 pieces of ½-inch plywood to measure 4-feet squared.

  2. 2

    Assemble each of the pieces into an opened box. Connect each piece together using wood glue and screws. Set the last piece of plywood to the side. This will be used later.

  3. 3

    Position the box so the opening is on the side. Turn the opening toward you.

  4. 4

    Drill a hole in the top of the box toward the back. The hole should be large enough to insert the plug of the power cord to the light. Test the hole to ensure the plug slides through the hole.

  5. 5

    Place the fan centred on the top of the box. Position it with the fan blades facing or touching the box. Trace around the edge of the fan. The fan may have come with a template, if so, trace that onto the box instead of the fan.

  6. 6

    Cut ½-inch on the inside of the traced line. When finished cutting, the traced line should be visible on the box. Cut on the line if a template was used.

  7. 7

    Paint the inside of the box, and the spare piece of plywood with white paint. Two coats of paint may be necessary to ensure complete coverage. This step is not necessary although it will provide better lighting inside the box when in use. The outside of the box can be painted, if desired. Allow the paint to dry completely before continuing.

  8. 8

    Replace the fan over the open hole. Attach it using the provided screws.

  9. 9

    Position a furnace filter over the hole on the inside of the box. The filter should cover the fan. It should not be visible from the inside of the box. Trace along two sides of the filter.

  10. 10

    Hammer two nails into each of the traced lines. Place one nail on each end of both lines. Leave half of the nail protruding from the plywood.

  11. 11

    Position the filter back in place between the nails. Bend the nails over to hold the filter in place. When the filter needs changed, twist the nails to remove it.

  12. 12

    Attach the light fixture to the inside of the box. Position it on the back portion of the top piece of plywood. Attach with the provided screws. Feed the power cord through the hole previously drilled. Pull the cord taught.

  13. 13

    Attach a hose to the back of the fan, according to manufacture directions. Ensure that this hose is long enough to reach the outside from the area where the booth will be placed.

  14. 14

    Position the booth in an area where it will be left undisturbed for a few days. The booth should be placed on a shelf, table, dresser or other item that will position it at a comfortable height. Ensure that the item used as a stand is sturdy and can hold the weight. Plug in the power cord to the light, and run the hose to the outside.

  15. 15

    Attach a hinge to the lower front of the booth. Attach the hinge to the spare plywood piece. Turn the piece with the white side showing when opened. This is not necessary but adds to the look of the booth. Ensure that the plywood will move to cover the front of the booth. This will act as a door to prevent dirt and dust from flying inside the booth and landing on a freshly painted item.

  16. 16

    Hold the door closed, and attach an eye and hook to hold it closed. Latch the hook each time you have finished painting an item.

  17. 17

    Fill the area around the power cord with putty. Allow the putty to dry. This will fill the hole and prevent seepage of fumes or paint.

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