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Old 09-23-2017, 07:24 PM   #1
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Hey guys, first time poster. Looks like a cool place to be. I joined just to ask this question.

I am a spray paint artist, and I might see about 10-15 mins of exposure to spray paint per canvas. I might do a canvas 3-4 times a week.

I wear a certified mask for spray painting at all times.

My question is regarding the safety of spray painting indoors. I'm from Canada, and winter is coming up. This year is the first year I've done this on a consistent basis and actually earned some money for my pieces. My problem is, I know the paint won't spray or dry well outside or in my non-heated garage given the temperature.

I am considering that whenever I'm ready to paint, cranking a window wide open indoors and just spray painting right next to the window and letting the smell and fumes leave through the window. My question in doing this would be, do you guys think this is a safe solution? How soon after could I take off the mask and breathe safely in the same room?
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If you're talking spraying paint out of rattle cans, just put a box fan in the window of your garage to blow the fumes outside, and wear a respirator. Not a big deal unless you're creating enough of a fog to make it a fire hazard - but that shouldn't be a concern with rattle cans. A box store brand radiant heater should be enough to keep your work area warm enough.
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If you're talking spraying paint out of rattle cans, just put a box fan in the window of your garage to blow the fumes outside, and wear a respirator. Not a big deal unless you're creating enough of a fog to make it a fire hazard - but that shouldn't be a concern with rattle cans. A box store brand radiant heater should be enough to keep your work area warm enough.
i still dont get how the box fan get fumes outside the window, i understand if it is ventilation fan or reversed fan, can you shed more light on this? thanks
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i still dont get how the box fan get fumes outside the window, i understand if it is ventilation fan or reversed fan, can you shed more light on this? thanks
A box fan set in a window to blow air outside will take the air from inside - including the fumes from your spraying - at least a fair amount of them.
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let's say, you have windows on the left and the door is on the right hand side. when the box fan spin, it should move the air to the door. how it gets the air outside the windows? i am not sure if i misunderstand something and it puzzles me a lot for this setup. can you help? thanks
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let's say, you have windows on the left and the door is on the right hand side. when the box fan spin, it should move the air to the door. how it gets the air outside the windows? i am not sure if i misunderstand something and it puzzles me a lot for this setup. can you help? thanks
Turn the fan around to blow out of the window. This will create a negative airflow that is exhausting outside.
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