Spray Painting Booth

  • A fairly basic setup for spraying models. The key component was a stove hood with a working exhaust fan and built-in light (tested before taking!)
  • A simple 3 sided structure holds the hood and it is supported on a rudimentary table at standing height for the user.
  • Air is supplied from a 9kg ex. bbq gas bottle. There are multiple YouTube sites showing how to do that safely and correctly.  The bottle is re-filled from my workshop compressor.

A simple bracket for an Iwata double acting air brush.

The hood was thoroughly cleaned to remove the old grease buildup. It has a protected fluoro light and a multi-speed fan that shifts a whack of air on the high speed setting.
I replaced the filter material with some obtained from a local auto spraying company. They gave me a small offcut.

An adaptor was cobbled together to carry the exhaust air outside the workshop. It has a self closing flap on the outside to keep unwanted visitors out. I also added and old flouro desk lamp to get a bit more light on the subject.

A nearby cupboard holds the necessary bits and pieces.

I use a technique described by Ian Dunn at a Modelling the Railways of NSW event.
The rolling stock or loco holder sits high enough so I can spray under it and it rotates to allow coverage of all surfaces. It can also accept track power so that the drive train of locos can be carefully sprayed while it is in motion (hence the elastic bands to keep the model in place).

Here is a mate’s Fleischman loco getting ready for the mechanism to be painted.

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Rick Fletcher

Born in the steam era and developed an interest in railways when given a clockwork Hornby "set". Surrounded by steam when travelling to school (by train of course) and holidays were always by steam train as we had no car. How lucky was I?

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