Recently we focused on Varnish, and the tips and tricks to best apply it. Awhile back we posted a custom spray booth video. Between the two posts —the emails, phone calls, and blog comments were robust. It became clear this was a subject that needed some more coverage. So for this week we give you the DIY(do it yourself) HVLP spray booth for under $125.00
While foam-roller varnishing is a great method for many printmakers, some find HVLP to be a much easier and more consistent way to varnish canvas prints. This is especially the case when varnishing large canvas prints and higher volume production runs, where it becomes increasingly difficult to use the foam roller method with consistency. The good news is, creating an HVLP Spray Booth for varnishing canvas prints is easier than you might have thought. While there are countless variations of how this can be accomplished, in this post, we’ll show you one example of how to create a “no frills” HVLP spray booth on a budget with items from your local hardware store.
In our example, we have chosen to build our booth in an unused corner inside of a large room in our building. By using a corner, we have already created 2 of the 3 sides needed for our spray booth. Painter’s plastic and tape are always great tools for many types of home projects because the plastic is lightweight and durable and painter’s tape does not leave behind a residue. Using drywall anchors and screws will provide a strong hold that won’t damage your wall. PVC pipe is very inexpensive and comes in many lengths and thicknesses. Utilizing the various lengths available as well as PVC elbows you could create an entire booth out of PVC pipe and elbows. Pegboard is a great choice for mounting the prints as the machined holes allow excess overspray to run through. This helps to keep the area clean. If you don’t have a compressor or are limited on space, the Wagner Control Spray Plus HVLP spray gun is a great gun to use. The package includes everything that you need to get started. The gun connects to an air hose that is connected to the turbine. This gun is very easy to clean as you can simply run warm water through it, provided you do so relatively soon after you have finished coating. The turbine runs on a standard 120 volt outlet.
Total cost of supplies (including spray gun)= $125
Step by Step Video Tutorial
For your convenience, we’ll also list the costs of the recommended protective gear:
The total setup time was about 1 hour, including setting up the HVLP gun. It only took a few minutes to get used to the Wagner HVLP gun, and cleanup was as simple as running warm to hot water through it. All of the parts can be detached for cleaning purposes and can be put back together in seconds. This is just one of many ways you can build a spray booth on a budget.
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