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Have been asked by the boss what I want for Christmas. I've said a new spray booth that would take large scale aircraft kits. Had a look on the web and finding it hard to see much choice. Have seen one that looks ok but it's only available from the US and the costs take that one out of consideration. Any advice on where to get them from would be most welcome.

 

TIA

 

 

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Your boss buys his staff presents! At my last job, the boss walked around on Christmas eve with a tin of Quality Street. The one sweet we ended up with we referred to as our Christmas bonus.

 

The trouble is, for someone here to be able to answer this we would need to know the approximate price range. We know your boss is generous, or is he very generous?

 

Is he this generous?

http://www.modellingtools.co.uk/graphicair-a300s-d-11995-p.asp

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If want to do it properly, this is the one to go for:

 

Graphicair A300S-D

 

It's British made, certified for flammable substances like enamel or IPA based paint and cleaners.

It has a very large roughly A3 sized filter, very useful for large models.

Aerosol paint tends to stick to the front of the filter and can be knocked off into the bin, airbrushed paint gets further in and over time clogs the filter.

There is a velcro on surround to cut down the over spray & a 2 metre by 100mm hose to vent all the nasties out side.

It has a lifetime guarantee as long as you replace the filters when needed. (A quick check,  you offer a sheet of A4 paper up to the filter when the unit is running. If it stays put then there is enough draw, if not  it's time  to replace the filter. )

 

We normally sell the bundle with the discounted second filter, so you have one when available when the first one finally clogs.

 

I've had mine for getting on for 20 years, the design has improved a little, but the base components are still the same high quality.

 

Graphicair A-300SD with spare filter.

 

Paul

 

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Graphicair A-300D: I cant recommend this device enough, I spray super smelly and toxic lacquer thinned paints (cellulose and MR Leveling), this beast sucks every nasty out in to the hapless atmosphere . Google replacement filter material through, it comes in large rolls and costs a fraction of the precut if you buy a couple of metres and use a  specialist cutting tool such as a pair of "scissors". Here's mine sans annoying plastic hood, lined up a few months ago ready for action (suction?). I got mine direct  but Paul sells them for the same price and you wont wait forever like I did.

 

mancave1.jpg

 

A

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3 hours ago, Gorby said:

Your boss buys his staff presents! At my last job, the boss walked around on Christmas eve with a tin of Quality Street. The one sweet we ended up with we referred to as our Christmas bonus.

 

The trouble is, for someone here to be able to answer this we would need to know the approximate price range. We know your boss is generous, or is he very generous?

 

Is he this generous?

http://www.modellingtools.co.uk/graphicair-a300s-d-11995-p.asp

 

I have only one boss, the wife

 

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3 hours ago, Gorby said:

Your boss buys his staff presents! At my last job, the boss walked around on Christmas eve with a tin of Quality Street. The one sweet we ended up with we referred to as our Christmas bonus.

 

The trouble is, for someone here to be able to answer this we would need to know the approximate price range. We know your boss is generous, or is he very generous?

 

Is he this generous?

http://www.modellingtools.co.uk/graphicair-a300s-d-11995-p.asp

I think the boss is his wife.

 

It was.

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Thanks for the help guy's will have to check the graphicair booths out

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I've had a Graphicair A300sd for many years and highly recommend it, a very nice product. Probably the best modelling item I've ever invested in to be honest.

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I made a good spraybooth using 6mm foam board and aluminium tape, a car panel type air filter and a cheapo vacuum cleaner. Basically a 5 sided box (although I made it with a roof that angles down at the back) with the panel filter taped in to the back wall leaving a space behind it and the vacuum cleaner hose connected behind it. By tapering the roof down I made it match the filter width.

 

Later on I added some Ikea LED light strips on the walls and roof so that I can see what I'm doing. I can get a 1/32 tomcat into the booth, you are just limited by the size of foam board. If you need to be able to move it around I suggest 10mm foam board, 6mm is a bit wobbly for larger booths. With long vacuum tube extensions, I have the vacuum cleaner somewhere where the noise doesn't bother me.

 

By the way, the car filter works a bit better if it is slightly wet, so I mist it if I'm going to be spraying a lot of paint, priming or lrge areas. Ive used gunze lacquers,  humbrol's enamels, rattle can primers and paints, all without problems. Make sure the foam board is card faced, and for obvious reasons white is better!

 

Hope this helps

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Just been given a kitchen cooker hood extractor fan by somebody having a new fitted kitchen. May have a look at knocking one up myself using that 

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36 minutes ago, Monty Python said:

May have a look at knocking one up myself using that 

Beware though, I know it is tempting but as far as I know an oven extractor is not compliant with flammable gases and if the lecy  bits are not shielded then a spark may ignite the very gases and overspray you are trying to remove and that is not a nice thought.

I too have a 300DS and I know it is not cheap but I did not want fumes around the house affecting everyone else and I most certainly did not want  unwanted ignition of gases and other flammables in my room, of which there are many.

They are worth every penny and then some.

 

All the best

Gary

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20 hours ago, Monty Python said:

Just been given a kitchen cooker hood extractor fan by somebody having a new fitted kitchen. May have a look at knocking one up myself using that 

This thread may be of interest to you. @Jamie @ Sovereign Hobbies kindly posted a photograph of his set up. There are also numerous threads with regards to using brush/brushless extractors.

 

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If you are making one the fan would be better placed at the back to catch the overspray as your spraying, if it's above the over spray is hitting the back and coming back at you, yes the fan above will take some of it away just not a good as if it's at the rear.

Look when your next spraying where the overspray go's

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I will have a couple of the A300S-D extractors (and spare Filters) for sale at Telford, if anyone is interested and would like to see what they are like.

 

Thanks,

Paul

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On 03/10/2017 at 5:09 PM, azureglo said:

Graphicair A-300D: I cant recommend this device enough, I spray super smelly and toxic lacquer thinned paints (cellulose and MR Leveling), this beast sucks every nasty out in to the hapless atmosphere . Google replacement filter material through, it comes in large rolls and costs a fraction of the precut if you buy a couple of metres and use a  specialist cutting tool such as a pair of "scissors". Here's mine sans annoying plastic hood, lined up a few months ago ready for action (suction?). I got mine direct  but Paul sells them for the same price and you wont wait forever like I did.

 

mancave1.jpg

 

A

We'll have  two with us at Telford next week if anyone is interested in getting one.  Also have spare filters with us.

 

Thanks,

Paul

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Another vote for the A300S-D. Had mine 12 years now and still going strong. I would be disappointed if it doesn't do me for at least another 12 years, so although not cheap to buy it works out cheap in the long run.

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2 minutes ago, Tbolt said:

Another vote for the A300S-D.

Here Here. I do my spraying indoors and I have not had a single complaint about lingering smells or any other nasties floating around the house. It is possibly the best modelling kit I have purchased and I have said it many times..." what price your  health".

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I am a newby to air brushing and have read this thread with interest. I've had my airbrush for a few months but so far it hasn't been out of the box other than to ensure it works. I don't have a spray booth yet as funds don't allow, it which is part of the reason I haven't used it. I do have a mask though which has the correct filter in it for spraying. I won't be spraying in the house for obvious reasons but am in the process of setting my garage up to spray in. Will I be ok using the mask and then bailing out after I've finished for a while or should I hang on until I can afford the booth?

Also, I am working on a 1/100 scale HMS Victory I started 37, (yes 37!!) years ago but kids and work got in the way of finishing it. I am now retired and have time to finish it.. I am using Humbrol enamels as this is what I started the kit with. Will these spray ok? I know they will need thinning but by how much?

Does the A300S-D really take every bit of smell and over spray out of the house?? Is it quiet?

 

Colsom

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53 minutes ago, colsom said:

I am a newby to air brushing and have read this thread with interest. I've had my airbrush for a few months but so far it hasn't been out of the box other than to ensure it works. I don't have a spray booth yet as funds don't allow, it which is part of the reason I haven't used it. I do have a mask though which has the correct filter in it for spraying. I won't be spraying in the house for obvious reasons but am in the process of setting my garage up to spray in. Will I be ok using the mask and then bailing out after I've finished for a while or should I hang on until I can afford the booth?

Also, I am working on a 1/100 scale HMS Victory I started 37, (yes 37!!) years ago but kids and work got in the way of finishing it. I am now retired and have time to finish it.. I am using Humbrol enamels as this is what I started the kit with. Will these spray ok? I know they will need thinning but by how much?

Does the A300S-D really take every bit of smell and over spray out of the house?? Is it quiet?

 

Colsom

Check out this thread on this site about using cooker hoods..................good idea, even Mike the number one modeller on here uses one, check out his photos and the ideas of how to build one...............check out ALL links within the feature as well, more help and advice

 

 

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