Category:Chemical Room

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Paint / Chemical Room
Shown on floorplan as "Paint / Chemical Room"

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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 them 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.


  • 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

Use & Etiquette

  • Paint should only be sprayed in the spray booth with the exhaust fan running. 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.
  • Paint should not be sprayed behind the curtain because of insufficient airflow to vent that corner of the room. Also airborne paint residue damages clear coat finishes.
  • If there is no space in the main room to paint your project, wait to use the main room (i.e. don't spray using paint behind the curtain).
  • All users should provide a name and contact info on or near their project. Before moving a project, try to get the member's permission by reaching out to them using contact info provided.
  • Limit yourself to 24 hours for drying time. Always label projects that are actively drying.

Dust-Free Finish

  • To reduce dust and achieve best results, sweep paint room wall to wall with a dry broom. Discard accumulated overspray in red metal bins. Mop and soak entire floor with mild soap or vinegar. Turn off ventilation and allow dust in room to settle for 15 minutes (high humidity reduces airborne dust). Return to room, close door, turn on ventilation, and proceed with your application.

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 hazardous/not useful. Dispose of hazardous items safely.
  • Consumables with an ownership label: Read the label.
  • 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).
  • Other people's projects, e.g. bookshelf that has just been painted: Leave it alone or move it carefully aside.

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 Ned".

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