Basecoating in a basement?

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RichardD
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Basecoating in a basement?

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We've just moved from a flat into a house, which has a (spooky) basement. Now that it's getting colder is it viable or incredibly stupid to spray base coats in the basement?

It's not particularly well ventilated, but then again it's not in the house, but I guess some of the fumes may go up into the ground floor although it seems quite well sealed.

Good idea? Horrifically stupid?

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It's the 'fumes in an enclosed space' aspect of this that has me wincing. I wouldn't if I were you.

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It's also not a good idea to spray in cold weather.
I find sprays a hassle (can't use when cold, when hot, when damp, when indoors, when windy, don't cover properly, can clogs and ends up being discarded).
Switched to brush-on primer and life is so much simpler. I can prime when I want, and the figure always gets properly covered.

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I think common sense wins this round.

Any recommendations for brush-on primer? I tend to prime either black or white depending on the final colours

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I spray in the garage, and only don't do so if its (a) raining or (b) cold enough to see my breath. Never had any problems so far!

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RichardD wrote:I think common sense wins this round.

Any recommendations for brush-on primer? I tend to prime either black or white depending on the final colours

Rich
I use thinned down Humbrol Matt Black Enamel for first primer, thinned down about 30-40% with thinner. It also seems to help to disperse any mould release agent etc... so it lets me skip washing the figures.

After that I tend to paint on a slightly thinned black acyrlic (I use Vallejo) or GW grey primer, depending on what I'm painting.

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I just finished spraying a batch of GHQ in my garage before winter shuts me down. I should have enough to last the winter.

My "rules" for spraying are:
* Only when it is 6 degrees Celsius or higher. If it is that cold, I make sure that the paint is indoors for a few hours before spraying. I also keep the can in my hand throughout to try and keep the paint as warm as possible
* Open the garage door when spraying
* No rain (light drizzle is fine as long as there is no wind and I paint a bit further back in the garage)
* Spray during daylight so that I can see what I'm doing

I've not had any problems

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I bought a "paint booth", a 18" x 9" open-ended box with an exhaust blower on it. New on eBay for around $100usd I use it a lot, even with a grandkid with asthma in the house, without incident.

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RichardD wrote:I think common sense wins this round.

Any recommendations for brush-on primer? I tend to prime either black or white depending on the final colours

Rich
I use artist's acrylic from a tube. Brush on thinly. This shrinks slightly on drying to form a nice coat; works well on metal or plastic.

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I use Vallejo Polyeruthane Primer in grey but pretty sure it's also available in white & black (can also be used in an airbrush). Previously used various Metal and Multi Purpose Quick Drying Primer/Undercoats from DIY stores.

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