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Is it standard practice to use a booth when air brushing and what is needed when talking h.p. in an evacuation fan?? What have you experts rigged up for your situations? Thanks, the rookie

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I did a search here and read up on some 'older' info. I am going to use acrylics exclusively thru the VL I just bought. What does everyone use? Winter is coming and I want to paint indoors. Does everyone airbrush outdoors or just put a fan in a window?

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I spray water-base paint in the house into a most cobbled together "booth" made from a cardboard box that sits on a table. I use a tankless 1/8 hp diaphram compressor which sprays that starts at about 40 and sprays constant at a little over 20 which my wife cannot hear in the next room. I opened the box on both ends, stuck some air filter material in the middle, and put a small fan behind that, which I don't usually need to turn on unless I'm doing a bunch of base coating or similar. I use a Badger 200, which is an internal mix single-action. I have a trash can at my knee where I rinse my brush between colors using windex and squeeze bottles of filtered water. All very primitive really, but it works for me. I like that inside the house the humidity is always lower than outside, the temperature in constant and dust isn't a problem. I keep all my sawdust in my little outside shop. I do all of my epoxy work inside, also for the same reasons. Like I said, this arrangement is what works for me.

Dean

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I have failed to ask if anyone pulls the vapors OUTSIDE their home when airbrushing?? Putting my nose to an opened Createx is not pleasant, but it does dry quickly. I have a respirator. I'd rather build a booth near an outside wall, so I can put the fumes outdoors. I want to paint this winter. This is why I bought the airbrush. Just how bad are these acrylics?? Thanks.

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With acrylics you have no worry with fumes, you just want to keep from breathing the wet paint mist. This might be the only very effective use for those cheap dust or nuisance masks--they are really all you need for Createx.

Dean

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I've been using Createx for almost 3 years now without an outside vent. I do all my painting in the basement and have never seen the need for an outside vent. I'm sure it's probably better for ya, but I don't even smell the paint anymore...A used range hood would work good I'll bet. :)

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Thanks for the help. I have two parrots up on the 2nd floor. I use Etex in the basement but I close the door to the room I use. Not sure where I will paint at. I did aquire a used range hood. I planned on using it near a microwave when I infrequently melt plastic for soft baits. Thanks again.

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