Spray Paint Booths

Build or Buy: The Downsides of Homemade Spray Booths

Buying a spray booth can be expensive. In fact, it can cost up to $20,000 for just one. This figure might seem intimidating to you, so you might be looking for a more economical alternative. You might be a do-it-yourselfer, and you’re thinking that you might be able to save money and build your own.

It is significantly cheaper to build a spray booth than it is to buy one, but it might not be the best way to go. You can build your own booth for around $200, but are you really saving money?

Whenever you’re dealing with flammable or potentially hazardous materials, you have to make sure you are complying with government regulations. Otherwise, you can pay some rather hefty fines, but more importantly it will keep you and everyone else out of danger.

Manufactured spray booths will be more expensive, but more than likely they will comply with any regulations that apply to the area in which you are living. This is something you’ll have to consider before you decide to build your own.

Most homemade spray booths don’t comply with these regulations, and many of them have very poor ventilation systems. Some have no ventilation at all. Most of them are jury-rigged in such a haphazard way that it seems as if the people who build them have a death wish. There’s no question that they’re putting themselves at risk. Perhaps they’re underestimating the danger of working with such materials, or they just don’t have any common sense. They also might be ignorant of any regulations that might exist in their area.

It’s because of these types of dangers that it’s not recommended for any individual to build their own booth, as it creates a considerable risk to the person who is using it. Not only can it cause a fire, but it can release harmful chemicals into the air, which can pose a serious health risk. And it doesn’t take much for any number of disasters to occur. A bad electrical wire can start a fire, or a poorly ventilated area can cause a buildup of contaminants. Either of these things could happen in a proverbial snap of a finger.

But if you’re still planning to build your own spray booth, then you need to do your due diligence and make sure it’s safe to use. Not only do you want to make sure it complies with government regulations, but you also want to make sure you’re using a good design. This will keep everyone safe and will prevent a fire. Make sure you’re using spark-proof electrical wiring, and you want to make sure you have a good ventilation system. This will keep the air clean and minimize the risk of causing an unexpected explosion. Make sure you have a good air compressor for the spray gun, as that will keep you working efficiently while you’re in the booth. Because you’re dealing with flammable materials, a good fire suppression system can literally be a matter of life and death.

In any case, a manufactured booth is clearly the better choice, but some people might be intimidated by the cost. So, they might be tempted to build their own. If that’s you, then there are some things you need to take into consideration before you decide to take on such a project. You’re main concern should, of course, be safety, but you also have to make sure you are complying with any government regulations, as the money you save can come back to haunt you in the form of expensive fines. But even more importantly, it can cost you your life.