You might be asking – Amy, why in the world would you need to make a DIY Air Filter? Yes I know it’s not a sexy blog post either, but I have a good explanation. Quality air, less allergens floating around in the air, less dust after I paint, less fumes floating around, and inexpensive too!
I had a paint studio for many years and I wish now that I had thought of this then. It wouldn’t have cut 100% of the dust, but it would have helped… A LOT!
These days I still paint but I spray less than I used to. I still need my brushed pieces to be free of dust.
Tip: If you mix resin you will want a powerful filter, but if you need dust free quality air you can use a normal HVAC filter.
DIY AIR FILTER
- Four or Five 20×20 HVAC air filters (the ones you put in your home HVAC)
- A 20×20 box fan
- Duct Tape
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How To create your owN DIY Air Filter
- Point arrows toward each other.
Make sure that you follow the arrows on your air filters to make sure that the air being pulled in is filtering through in the right directions. There are arrows on your filter that should all point inward toward each other to form a cube.
- Tape filters together.
Duct tape your first two filters together, then three, then four completely sealing the entire strip from top to bottom
- Add filter to the bottom.
You can tape a filter to the bottom as well. If your filter will need to move around the room I suggest adding a filter to the bottom or you can use cardboard cut to 20×20 and tape it to the bottom as well. The point is to filter as much air as possible through the filters so the bottom needs to be sealed or the dust that flows in will just go right back out through the fan.
- Placement of fan.
Place your fan, blowing direction out of the cube and into the room, on the top of your cube and be sure to put the cord running out and not trapped inside the cube. Not that I did that or anything, but I totally did that the first time!
- Sealing the fan.
Duct tape the entire way around the fan sealing it completely
Your new air filter is complete!
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