March 2nd, 2010, 07:23 PM
I'm about to kick of a BSB body finish using ReRanch color and Behlen's Stringed Instrument Lacquer. The plan was to spray in the garage with the door open, then hang everything out there with a fan exhausting out the window to keep air circulating. After reading this thread: http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-tech/135559-minwax-spray-nitro-color.html I'm wondering how flawed my plan is. Sounds like this stuff is going to not only fumigate the house but most of the neighborhood as well. What am I in for here?
Yes, I have a good mask and will use it. No, I won't spray near heat sources, sparks, open flames or pilot lights. I assume more than a few on this list are in a similar situation. What have you done?
March 2nd, 2010, 08:58 PM
As long as you follow every safety precaution, you won't make yourself a Hazmat call.
I spray rattle cans in my garage all the time with the door open. Can't really smell it outside and most of the lacquer ends up on my neck and body. Just shoot conservatively and you won't produce a lot of mist in the air.
March 2nd, 2010, 09:11 PM
I spray in the garage sometimes with the door open fully, but a lot of times with it open only maybe 8-12 inches and sometimes fully closed. I've never had an issue with the house really smelling. The garage will smell pretty good, but it shouldn't bother the neighbors in the least. You might invest in a decent respirator just to protect yourself.
I would suggest covering anything of value in the garage though. It's not so much that the lacquer can make a mess, it's more of the dust it produces. Normally when I finish a garage refinish I end up with a nice coating of lacquer dust on everything. Gotta spend an hour just cleaning up the garage.
March 2nd, 2010, 09:28 PM
I usually make up a plastic tarp paint booth and a fan to draw over-spray out a window. My neighbors a good fiend so she doesn't complain about the smell but she does comment on it.
March 2nd, 2010, 09:58 PM
+1 on the spray tent. exhaust fan in one end and I cut a hole and put a good furnace filter in with duct tape to filter the air coming in on the other end. (helps keep out dust and little boogers that will fall on your guitar) Keeps the garage clean and you can have the garage door wide open.