Homemade booth walls


In the process of building my 16X24 booth inside my shop to paint my 01 Ford dually. Walls are mostly up. 8'6" high. My last temp booth I made I just used the hardware store plastic rolls. I used thin stuff to help the light come thru.

This build I was wondering if the plastic for masking cars is any better. I am led to believe that it is treated and would help with garbage in the air.

Any thoughts,

Dave C 5

I use the stuff made for masking cars - the dirtiest paint job a ever did was when I thought I would line my garage and used the hardware store stuff - overspray did not stick to it and when I started spraying clear it all got sucked right off the plastic by static I guess - spent HOURS !!! Sanding clear ! Lesson learned- I don’t even use plastic anymore - maybe to cover a few tool items - I just blow out all the dust with a leaf blower and use minimal fans under the garage door - box fans are slower but they don’t disturb much dust from around the garage


Camaro Nut
I built a temp spray booth using 10 micron air filters (from Home depot) and grounded box fans and plastic sheets for walls plus ceiling and had very good final results with the finish. I also keep a ground braid from the car body to the electrical ground to prevent static buildup on the body. This was when spraying base and SPI clear.
The trick though is to use a rigid 6 mil plastic and have a properly designed air delivery. I used one fan set to high blowing into the booth through a 10 micron filter and a diffusion box that spreads the air left and right of the car, and two fans on the opposite ends of the garage door set to low and drawing out. All the seams were duct taped and I installed a zipper entry. The plastic would remain fairly steady to very slightly outward bowing thereby indicating a slight positive pressure.
Where I found problems in the past was using the thinner sheets of plastic (0.3 to 1 mils) that can waver easily and possibly lose the overspray collected on them, into larger airborne particles. I used the 6 mil plastic sheets made by HDX and sold at Home Depot and it holds overspray very good.
Afterwards, I removed all the sheets except the sides so when I do the cut and buff, the plastic gets the spatter.



New Member
The plastic from hardware stores normally have a coating on them so you can unfold it easily without it sticking to itself. It washes right off so if you use plastic wash it off first and that white powder wont be on there anymore. That's probably why Dave had problems with the clear coat coming off of it.


old linen sheets make the best temporary walls. take them down and wash them. dampen them while spraying. plastic sucks.


my mom sewed some together for me when i was young . then taught me to sew . made my car covers with sheets too .


Thats a cool tip, unfortunately I would still need plastic on my ceiling so I do not have to relocate my led lighting. My booth is just for one vehicle so I am trying some of the plastic used for taping off a vehicle. Might be spraying the hood this week first as I have no clue how you can paint a F350 superduty without very long arms. Plan is to do it and the roof separate. There is a nice plastic(?) transition at the top of each pillar that will make a great place to start/stop the roof from the rest of the vehicle. Good thing not many people will see the roof as I only have about 18" of clearance from it to the ceiling.


Top Banana
Roof- deflate tires all you can without hurting them. That's how i sprayed cut & buffed hood & trunk from wheelchair.
18" not happening. I use 9x12 2mil tarps when doing car in pieces but remove them where sprayed or paint will fly off them if recoating again next day.
You need ventilation. Dust is better then death.

Shine- my pops made winter cover for 24' round pool once from sports arena blow up roof. Lasted longer then all heh.


evil painter
I need to have 2 temporary walls for my at home area (side & front of partially enclosed carport.. Could construct some simple paneling door walls that could slide into place on the longer side. Was thinking more of using some thinner new painting tarps from home depot and dampening them when spraying . Pretty similar to what shine does, so it can't be too bad of an idea. Was wondering if they may work as huge intake filters for my exhaust fans?


my days of sheets are long gone. i've had binks booth and several others over the years but my booth now is far better. back when i had the van company my booth would hold 10 vans . great for blowing apart a car and doing it all at once .