Category:Chemical Room

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The chemical room is a ventilated area for working with paints and other brushed-on/sprayed-on treatments.
The paint / chemical room is a ventilated area for working with paints, solvents, and other brushed-on/sprayed-on treatments.

Revision as of 22:57, 19 October 2015

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The paint / chemical room is a ventilated area for working with paints, solvents, and other brushed-on/sprayed-on treatments.



The paint / chemical room has volatile, airborne particles and vapor in it. Materials with oil or solvents on them can spontaneously combust. Fire prevention is essential.

  • Use only properly maintained sprayers and accessories designed for use in spray booths
  • Don't use electrical devices or anything with flame or that could spark
  • Run the exhaust fan when you are working with oil/solvents in the room
  • Don't wear clothes with oil/solvent on them when working
  • Don't discard materials with solvent or oil on the in the regular trash. Instead throw them in the red metal safety bins. This goes for rags, brushes, stirring sticks, cardboard etc.
  • Don't store empty containers in the room
  • Don't store or eat food/drink.
  • [Note: storing paints/solvents in the room is generally not recommended]


  • Replace the spray booth filters as necessary
  • Clean and maintain all spray booth parts which are subject to wearing out
  • Clean ductwork periodically
  • Don't allow buildup of overspray on the floor, in the booth, or in the ductwork. Build-up is flammable.
  • Remove buildup and discard it in metal safety cans. A little pile of build-up swept together and left could spontaneously combust


  • Paint should only be sprayed in front of the spray booth. After spraying, move your work to a different location to dry.
  • Clear coat finishes should be applied behind the curtain to reduce the risk of contamination. All users should check that the curtain is shut to reduce airflow. If there is no room inside the curtain for a clear coated object to dry, and the clear coated object is left outside the curtain, it will likely pick up airborne paint particles and become damaged.
  • If there is no room outside of the curtain to paint your project, wait to use the space. Overspray and airborne paint particles can easily damage other projects, especially those with clear coat.
  • Paint should not be sprayed behind the curtain because of insufficient airflow to vent that corner of the room. Paint also leaves behind residue which can contaminate future clear coat finishes (especially when not sufficiently exhausted and thus allowed to settle).
  • All users should provide a name and contact info on or near their project. Before considering moving a project, you must get the member's permission by reaching out to them by the contact info provided.

Unofficial Rules of Thumb for Paint Shop Consumables and Tools

  • Consumables without an ownership label: Free for all, throw it away if you think it looks funny/not useful.
  • Consumables with an ownership label: Read the label.
  • Non-consumable but not long-lasting (e.g. paintbrush): Debatable, one should generally only reuse an old brush (vs a brand new one) if it does not belong to you.
  • Clearly nonconsumable, e.g. bookshelf that has just been painted: Why would you even ask? Leave it alone or move it carefully aside.
  • Tools with ownership labels: go find the owner and ask.
  • Tools without ownership labels and not attended by their owner: Free for all, don't take them out of the Asylum, don't leave them out of the shop unattended, don't take them out of the shop for an extended time.
  • Always put shop tools and consumables back where they belong (if they don't have an obvious home, make one).
  • Limit yourself to 24 hours for drying time. Always label projects that are actively drying.

Reasoning behind the anything-goes approach to tools

Since Asylum tools are not reliably marked, there is no way to distinguish "reasonably obviously Asylum equipment" from unlabeled privately-owned equipment. Non-asylum tools should not be abandoned in the public shop.

If you accidentally leave something in the public shop, then expect people to assume it is an Asylum tool and use it; expecting anything else would be a terrible way to run a public shop - you cannot expect someone in the shop for the first time to know "hey that one thing belongs to Joe".

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