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Questions: Spraying Lacquer in Garage

Questions: Spraying Lacquer in Garage

by Jeff Jewitt

Originally published in American Lutherie #101, 2010

MR in Portland, Oregon asks:

Anyone have suggestions for spraying lacquer in a small one-car garage? Do you really need an explosion-proof fan? I do have an unfinished bathroom in my basement, and it has a cheap exhaust fan.

Jeff Jewitt from Homestead Finishing Products in Cleveland, Ohio responds:

I definitely suggest a garage over a basement for spraying solvent lacquer. A basement is very hard to exhaust properly and most basements don’t have a large enough window for the fan necessary for flammable products. In addition, the residual odor from lacquer will be more noticeable in a basement than a garage.

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