Step 5: Hang the Tarp

My tarp was 10' x 25'.

I unwrapped the tarp in the garage so that the full 10' was exposed with the 25' wrapped back on itself. I slid the wrapped edge up to the 'booth' setup and pulled the folded half over the two pipes.
It's important you don't use the pipes as a fulcrum to pull the tarp over. Guide the tarp over the pipes by lifting on one side and pulling on the other.

This part sort of sucks, fighting with tarps is something I hate to do.

You want to pull enough so that you can create a rectangle with the booth.

Assuming that you have the tarp loading from the left side of the booth, you should have a left wall, roof, right wall, and then a floor. The floor should be the right wall folded back. In addition the left wall should have the remainder of the tarp spread out into the garage.

You should get yourself some kind or a makeshift exhaust system. A couple lengths of dryer hose with a couple of computer fans would do. they would not cause too much air movement but enough to clear the air inside the booth. Another suggestion is to heat bake the parts with one of those bathroom heat bulbs. I used to use one when I painted models and they can out rock hard. To tell the truth I would say a good heat baked paint job is almost as good as a powder coating.
Not a bad idea.. Would have to direct the duct work through a filter so I didn't paint the outside of the house. Thanks!
I'm looking to build a paint booth as well, be careful when choosing your fans because if you will be venting potentially flammable fumes you cannot use a conventional electric motor since solvent may deteriorate the copper windings and increase the risk of causing sparks, which could react dangerously with the fumes. <br><br>Look for brushless motor, induction motor or belt driven fan with external motor. To calculate air displacement (Based on NFPA ratings) , height of opening X width of opening X 100 CFM. (cubic feet per minute)
or use a good mask and goggles
thanks i have to paint some parts for my bike (the 30 year old paint job is pretty sad ant the chrome on some arts is shot
Niiiice. Will do!
Very smart!!
I'm totally going to do this one day when I have a pneumatic painter gun and compressor, so good work.
Very nice idea! I've been wanting to paint a bike for my kid for awhile but didn't want to get overspray all over the finished garage walls. This is perfect!
Awesome! Glad it sounds like it will work. With a bike, you may want to separate the top poles a bit more and maybe use more than one tarp/sheeting to give you some room. In thinking about it, another pole (three total) could allow this to be very wide.

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