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Exhaust Fan For Painting

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by slabbandit, Feb 27, 2020.

  1. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Trying to figure out what type of exhaust fan I want to put in my new shop. I've heard of sparkless motors but don't know anything about them yet. I use lacquer paints almost exclusively. Any suggestions?
     
  2. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Honestly, a plain old window fan will work. The amount of fumes from an airbrush will not create an explosion...at least it hasn't for me.
     
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  3. jrandall71

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  4. I didn't want to put a huge hole in my wall, so I got a sealed 6" duct fan. It runs at 250CFM and is quiet. Ran about $150. The only thing I had to do after installing is add an intake above my hood from the attic because is was sucking all my AC/Heat out. I don't worry about it when using an airbrush. Glossing, stripping, and molding were my concerns and it sucks all the "death fumes" out.
     
  5. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    That looks like a great deal on an exhaust fan. Most explosion proof ones sell for way more!
     
  6. jrandall71

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    I know!! I like the shutter system on it too.
     
  7. Fermis

    Fermis Well-Known Member

    I used a bathroom "fart fan", when I built my spray booth. I build model airplanes, more than anything else. It does the job for small doses of paint...which is typical for the small airplanes I build. I painted a smallmouth repro in it yesterday...that "fart fan" isn't quite enough...for whatever that's worth!
     
  8. Sotired

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    If you live in an area where swamp coolers are used, they make great spray booths! Just mount them so they blow out the window or wall. You can even close in the sides and leave the back open to you spray area. Used ones come pretty cheap.
     
  9. Perca

    Perca Well-Known Member

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    I decided long ago NOT to install a big exhaust fan/booth in my shop. I was most concerned about the hole in the wall for the exhaust pipe. I turn on a big floor model air purifier on paint days AND use a full face respirator AND step outside (weather permitting) to apply rattle can gloss. Yes I'm bush league and frugal (AKA cheap), but I also use water base paints and am healthy for my...AHEM!.... advanced age.
     
  10. Riddler

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    My fiancé bought me an air filtration system that works great for me. I roll it over next to where Im painting and it removes the lacquer fumes and most any other chemicals like bondo. Nice thing it doesn't pull the heat out of the shop in the winter. I can look at brand when Im in shop Monday if your interested?
     
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  11. Sotired

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    When I first started, I put a kitchen exhaust (hood type) fan in the basement window where I worked. Found it for free, fit the window perfectly.;)
     
  12. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Yes Riddler, I would be interested to know more about your air filtration system.
     
  13. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Fixing to start shopping around for an exhaust fan system to put in my shop. I wonder what CFM I should look for. I noticed most bathroom fans are only 50 to 75 CFM. May not be enough. I'm most concerned about running it when I'm spraying 2 part gloss out of a touch up gun.
     
  14. Fermis

    Fermis Well-Known Member

    As per my earlier post...it is not.
    Maybe enough, if all you were going to be doing was small panfish...and only using an airbrush. They're barely enough for just little "spits" with a rattlecan.

    I am definitely regretting my decision on not spending a little more and getting something that moves more air.
     
  15. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    My thoughts exactly. I want to get the fog out quickly when I gloss. Most glossing will be done outside, weather permitting. A fan in the window is definitely an option. I am building a dedicated paint booth and have an excellent place overhead to put some sort of an exhaust fan and duct it up to a vent in the top of the side of my building.