* Do this at your own risk.*
Add this to the list of things I should have done a long time ago. This DIY garage paint booth has changed the way I work and I am totally smitten. I’ve been using a paint sprayer for about a year now. In the past, each time I would start a project, I would spend almost half a day setting up some sort of paint booth situation.
I would line up everything that needed to be painted and spend a week pulling things in and out of the booth to get them done quickly so I could take down the plastic so Hubs could have his garage back. That got so old. It took up so much room and sooo much time. After taping plastic to the ceiling and pulling it down, no matter how careful I was, I would get the tape stuck to the plastic and then it would tear and I would have to trash it. So I was also spending more money than was really necessary. I searched online forever to find some sort of solution and I finally found this post over at Anyone Can Decorate, but I did some tweaking.
I keep calling this a convertible paint booth, but to me that implies that it doesn’t have a top, which it does, so that’s all wrong. A pants-less paint booth? That also seems a little misleading. Either way, It’s semi-permanent so I can roll it up and out of the way when it is not in use.
Here’s a crazy fast .gif so you can see how it works.
Shout out to Hubs for all the help on this one. Here’s how we did it:
We started by measuring out the area – it ended up being about 10 feet by 12 feet, which was determined by the outlet placement on the back wall, the window on the side wall and some pesky cabinets. We measured out the area and purchased 1×2’s and a package of this plastic sheeting. We already had a bunch of these giant hooks that were left in the ceiling from the previous owners so we just removed them and put them where we needed them.
We wrapped the plastic around the 1×2’s (which were only .96 cents each) and then screwed the wood to the ceiling and then added the hooks. At the bottom of the sheeting, we used tape to attach the plastic to another piece of 1×2 so that when it is rolled up it can just sit in the hooks, up and out of the way.
I put a box fan in the window, pointing outwards, to help suck some of the paint out of the booth…
…and added a filter to it to somewhat protect the fan.
I flipped on the fan to test the suction by throwing a piece of sandpaper against it.
So…. I read A LOT of tutorials and “pro advice” on paint booths and it seems as though a box fan in the window is not an ideal situation, so, insert your criticisms here. If you have some sort of cost effective solution to address the paint-in-the-fan-motor issue, your polite and friendly suggestions are welcome. Don’t be a troll.
I do wear a hardcore paint mask and goggles. After putting the fan in the window, I put up the plastic on the back and side walls.
Then I did the floor.
I ran out of paper, so I just used some scraps of plastic. I would advise against using the plastic on the floor as it gets very slippery once it has paint and paint dust on it. I would be so awful to have a nice flawless finish on something and then do a face plant right into it. Once the floor covering was down, I trimmed the plastic on the walls and taped it down using frog tape. And I might have gone a little frog tape crazy trying to make sure the fan area was airtight so I could get maximum suckage. Insert joke.
So now I can leave this thing up year round and get my paint on anytime. The floor needs a good sweep and vacuum after each paint, but that’s way less work than setting up and tearing down a makeshift booth each time.
There is a slight opening on the corner where I enter and exit. Before painting, I just slide the bottom piece of wood over to close the gap and then use binder clips to seal it. It does leave a gap at the top a little bit, but ya know… math is hard.
Once I’m done spraying, I roll up one side and put a high powered fan there to push air across the piece as well as help push air out window.
I always keep the garage door open when doing this and also chose not to enclose the garage light in the booth since that seems like a worse fire hazard than the fan motor situation. Plus, the sun rises on that side of the house and I’m usually painting in the A.M.
With the fan, plastic sheeting, filter and wood, this cost about $55 bucks and has completely changed the way I work.
Okay, crazy fast .gif time: