Where do you paint/finish an item?


#1

So where do you paint your stuff? I want to apply some stain and shellac to an item, and they produce some toxic vapors while drying. I used to do it outside, but now it’s too cold. In the space, I’m concerned about other people.


#2

The general rule is if it’s something that you would (or should) wear a respirator to do since everyone else at the space doesn’t have a respirator, it shouldn’t be done in the space.

We’ve used the parking lot for paint/finish jobs in the past, but that has the same problems you’re already facing (cold and all) :slight_smile:

The other thing to remember is that we don’t have a space where you can be assured that dust, debris, etc won’t find their way onto your partially dry finish.

That said, if you want to use a water based finish that isn’t going to stink the space up and you’re not concerned about dust, just use a tarp or drop cloth and be conscientious of other members.


#3

Thanks Brian! It seems that there is no perfect solution. I will try to catch some warm day and do it outside :slight_smile: This Tuesday’s weather may be good!