by: Brian Culbertson [ ]
Introduction If you are looking for a paint booth that is easy to assemble out of the box, wouldn’t take up too much space, has bright LED lights, you might want to look at the Master Airbrush Portable Paint Booth.
In the box The Master Airbrush Portable Paint Booth is sold by TCP Global for $99.96, with free shipping. This product is designed for small work areas or modeler’s that live in an apartment complex, like myself.
Unit specification per instruction booklet:
Motor: DC12V 1.6A
Input: AC100-240V 50/60HZ
Air flow: 4 m over 3/min.
LED light power: 12w
Luminous flux (LED light): 1200LM
Noise level: 45 db
Unit unfolded/extended: 48x42x36 CM
Unit packed up/shrunk: 42x15x25 CM
Net weight: 3.5 kg
Now, I stumbled across this product when I ordered my Air compressor from TCP Global. My first thought was, “That looks cool, hmm, I wonder…”, so I ordered it figuring it might be something worthwhile. Here’s what you get: One Paint booth with exhaust hoses, LED light bar, power supply, and 7.5” turn table. That’s it. All you need to get painting within 15 minutes. No joke, it’s that easy to set up.
My first impression when I got it was how compact the unit was out of the box. The unit itself is about the size of a Hand gun carrying case which is made from light weight steel, measuring 16.25” long by 5.75” deep by 8” wide. I was really impressed when I picked it up by the build-in carrying handle, light, only 6.5 lbs. On top right of the case, we have the power switch, which powers the fan and the lights, and an A/C 12 Volt power supply connection. Also on this side, lower right hand corner is a black ABS plastic cover which opens for storage of the power supply when not in use or traveling. The LED lights were a bit confusing at first on how they went in, more on that in a bit. There is a sticker on the case that shows you can add a second unit to make a longer/bigger unit.
The hose exhaust system comes with the following: Rear fan housing connection, gray ABS, which hooks onto the fan grill via 4 J type hooks, one gray ABS tube, which can expand to a length of 5 feet then can be compressed back into a length of only 15” without braking, one metal hose clamp, one wedge shape ABS vent for window/door exhaust, one gray hose adaptor which goes on the fan housing connector. You can also hook this system up to a dryer vent. All piece for the exhaust system can be put together without tools, the exception of the hose clamp. You can purchase extra tubing and connectors if needed.
When opening the case, it’s like opening a folding puzzle, however you don’t get confused on which piece goes where. It’s all hinged and everything falls into place. The instruction booklet spells this process out in 16 steps, which are easy to follow and understand. Your work area is a massive 22” across from corner to corner, large enough to paint my 1/72nd scale B-29A fuselage with room to spare. The back wall contains the filter system. The filter frame also houses the light connector which are 12 volt female plugs, one on each upper corner. The LED light bar is three pieces which connect via male/female 12 volt plugs.
Assembling the light bar was easy, which acts as a frame for the roof, however getting the light bar into the filter frame connection was a bit of a challenge. They didn’t want to work at first. After some messing around with the plugs, everything worked perfectly. (Note: User error, I didn’t connect them right.) The lights are very bright and you’ll be able to see what you missed.
The fan system is an oversized computer case fan. This is rated to exhaust air out of the box at 4 m over 3 per minute. The fan is a bit noisy, 45 db’s rated. This can be lowered by attaching the exhaust system in my opinion. I would compare it to be about as loud as your bathroom exhaust fan.
Any further issues that crop up after this review will be addressed in the forums.
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