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Airbooth filters, can they be washed?

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Airbooth filters, can they be washed?
Posted by Milkykou on Sunday, August 11, 2019 12:49 PM

Simple question, can those airbooth filters be washed? the ones for like the master airbrush booth and such. Or can you only pat them down to remove dust till its too clogged to work well?

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Posted by rrinker on Monday, August 12, 2019 3:02 PM

 Might get some off, but they aren't really intended to be washed out, just replaced when full of paint residue.

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, August 12, 2019 3:56 PM

Rather than a washing with any kind of liquid solution you might be able to gain a little more life out of the filters if you take them outside and use a blow gun and vacuum cleaner to remove any solids. Blow and vacuum from the opposite direction of the usual air flow. 

Otherwise, keep spares on hand and change them as needed. You might be able to get some inexpensive filters from a big-box store and use these as a "pre-filter" and dispose of them when they show signs of loading up.

Some places have large rolls of filter media that you can cut and fit as needed. This would be more economical than buying the $10. replacement filters.

Good luck, Ed

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, August 12, 2019 5:22 PM

I had a neighbor that lived across the road that was an HVAC technician. He made me a cleanable static particle air filter element for my booth that could be washed and cleaned "easily" instead of replacing it.

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It was so much more work to clean than just replacing the pleated filters! Not worth it at all.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Monday, August 12, 2019 8:22 PM

I made my own spray booth and designed it to use one half of a common size ordinary fibreglass furnace filter.  The filters are cheap and easy to find, and apparently work well, as the booth has been in use for almost 40 years, including some commercial painting.

Wayne

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Posted by wvg_ca on Monday, August 12, 2019 8:29 PM

while -most- filters are washable, the cost of the solvents needed to remove most of the dried on paint is exorbitant [and sometimes slightly toxic], it's just easier to replace them ... especially if they are a common size that can be duplicated by low cost furnace filters ..

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, August 12, 2019 9:32 PM

My home built spray booth uses readily available 16" x 16" disposable furnace filters and it works great.

The filters do clog fairly quickly however. Although they may still appear to be fairly clean after a few uses, in fact the air flow will have been reduced considerably. The proof of how well the filters work is that, after several years of use, there is almost no paint on the fan blades.

Dave

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Posted by Milkykou on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 7:09 AM

Thank you all for the replies. I suppose ill need to wait till I have some money to get some filters before I can paint again. I just didnt have any and was wondering if it was possible to wash so i can continue on a model ive been working on  for almost 6 months and I cant continue working on it till i paint what i have put together right now. 

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Posted by dknelson on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:18 PM

Milkykou

I suppose ill need to wait till I have some money to get some filters before I can paint again.  

The furnace filters I found at my local Ace hardware are really cheap, a couple of bucks, even when I double them in thickness.  Unless I am in a heavy painting mode I get months of service for less than $5 total expenditure.  I can usually "tell" when they've become more clogged than I want.

Dave Nelson 

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:08 AM

Eh? Filter? What Filter !!!

 

ROAR

 

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:26 AM

BroadwayLion

Eh? Filter? What Filter !!!

 

ROAR 

LOL.  No venting the vapors there.  I didn't know there were resporators made to fit the hairy face of a lion!  Clown

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