Spray Booth / Vapor Room

About the Spray Booth & Vapor Room

The Spray Booth is an enclosed, well-ventilated 7 x 14 ft. space used for painting and finishing artwork, models, and furniture. Because this room is used for all work that produces vapors (spray paint, resins, Bondo, etc.), students have access to shared respirators.

A flammable storage cabinet is provided for storing student material. Rolling carts are used to transport work to the adjoining Vapor Room where projects can off-gas and cure.

Students must adhere to the guidelines listed below. This ensures the safety of all students and staff, and contributes to the longevity of these resources.

Be sure to review the Accident/Emergency procedures for the San Francisco studios, as well as the shop requirements (at right).

Guidelines for Using the Spray Room & Drying Room

  • Respirators are required during all vapor-producing procedures (spray painting, resin casting).

  • Do not use stools to paint on - instead, use the provided trays and dollies.

  • Clean up immediately after you are finished painting, casting, etc. All projects that need to dry or cure should be moved into the Vapor Room.

  • Rags that have absorbed any amount of oil- or solvent-based materials should be immediately saturated with water and placed in the red waste containers marked "flammable" as a precaution against spontaneous combustion. No other items should be placed in these containers.

  • Do not leave waste paper, empty spray cans, mixing containers, etc., in either the Spray Booth or Vapor Room. These items pose a fire hazard and a potential trip hazard.

Vapor Room

Students may leave projects to dry in the black cubbies in the Vapor Room to dry, cure, or off-gas for up to 48 hours. All projects must be identifiable: student's full name, date, and phone/email. (Note: The Vapor Room is cleaned every Friday. Student work that has been in the Vapor Room longer than 48 hours is removed and discarded.)

The Vapor Room contains a steel work counter, storage shelves, a mold making and casting / composites workstation, which includes:

  • Pressure pot (interior: 15 x 12-in. depth/diameter)
  • Vacuum chamber (interior: 17 x 16-in. depth/diameter)
  • Vacuum Bagging table (48 x 96-in work surface)
  • Digital Scale

Vapor Room Guidelines

  • Do not spray or sand anything in the Vapor Room. It is a clean room.

  • Do not place foam or freshly painted objects immediately underneath the heat lamp as this presents a significant fire hazard. Always remember to turn off the heat lamp when you finished.

  • Place empty spray cans in the box located on top of the yellow cabinet marked "flammable" in the Vapor Room. Studio staff is responsible for their proper removal.

  • Used solvents, paint, and resin waste should be disposed in the drum labeled “solvent, paint, and resin waste” (located in the yellow cabinet marked "flammable" inside the Vapor Room).

  • Empty paint cans should be dried before being discarded in the dumpster.

  • Empty resin containers should be “kicked off” (catalyzed) before being discarded in the dumpster.

If you have questions regarding these procedures, speak with one of the studio managers.