The danger of exhausting lacquer fumes?

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Forum topic by jaminjames posted 11-12-2017 04:30 PM 848 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2017 04:30 PM

Over the last little while I’ve been keeping my eye on eBay for a good deal on an explosion proof fan for a small garage paint booth. Finally got one this week (a brand new Dayton explosion proof fan with a few cosmetic issues. Retails for about $1000, got it for $159 shipped, thank you eBay!)

But. Something was recently brought to my attention that I hadn’t even contemplated. On the other side of the two car garage (the side opposite my exhaust fan) is a chicken coop with 8 chickens. Moving the coop is not a possibility.

The chickens can be out of their run at any time and have full rein over the backyard, but we keep them in the run a lot so they don’t make a mess of everything. The back yard isn’t huge, on the smaller side of the average in town back yard.

I live in Oklahoma so a southerly wind is common in the summer. This would blow the exhaust in their direction if they were inside their run.

I️ spray with a Fuji turbine HVLP sprayer, and my product usage is pretty low. Like really low, those things are amazingly efficient at getting paint on the project. So it’s not like I’m pumping out tons and tons of paint fumes. Over spray is filtered through paint arrestora before it hits the fan.

Once the booth is built my hope is to finish 10-15 guitar bodies a month. This means having the sprayer up and running several times a week. Guitar bodies are small. So it’s light spraying for about 1 minute for a coat. Then turnine goes off, the body goes on a rack, and the next body is fetched and brought in the booth. If I’m switching colors there might be as long as 30 minutes between bodies. Total time finish is actually being sprayed for a single body is about 12 minutes (spread out over a week for about 12 coats). If I did 10 bodies in a month, that’s about 120 minutes of spray time over the course of 4 weeks.

I️ understand no one can tell me definitely what to do in my situation. Just hoping to hear from anyone who might have had a similar experience or is more familiar with the dispersion of fumes.

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#1 posted 11-12-2017 05:06 PM

I only spray NC lacquer outdoors, so I have the ultimate ventilation system. Even so, I wear a respirator when I’m spraying it since the fumes can be so strong. In your case the real solution may be to try it out, have someone spray in your booth about the same amount you will be spraying, while you stand out side and gauge the effect.

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#2 posted 11-12-2017 05:15 PM

I’d say vent upwards if possible. That’s some really light stuff.

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#3 posted 11-12-2017 06:27 PM

I d say vent upwards if possible. That s some really light stuff.

- TheFridge

Yeah, I’ll look in to that.

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#4 posted 11-12-2017 11:11 PM

I’m sure the chickens will be fine, what’s the worst that could happen?

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#5 posted 11-12-2017 11:56 PM

I m sure the chickens will be fine, what s the worst that could happen?

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They will walk funny and eat a lot more food…

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#6 posted 11-13-2017 12:35 AM

I m sure the chickens will be fine, what s the worst that could happen?

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They will walk funny and eat a lot more food…

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If you notice that behavior call 911 and start mouth to mouth immediately.

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