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Thinking of opening a spray finish business in San Diego, looking for advi8/20
Have purchased a licensed/legal spray booth currently in San Diego. Enclosed cross draft with twin cylinder chemical fire suppresion system.
Coming from a state where solvent lacquer and conversion varnish are legal. I called a local supplier, Mohawk and they sold both products in solvent. They didn't seem to know much about local regulations.
Thoughts and advice???
SCAQMD. South Coast Air Quality Management District. Learn to love waterborne.
Since I am not spraying the wiping stain, is that legal ??
Wiping stain, yes. Shellac, no. Denatured alcohol is a VOC. If vinyl sealer has more than 50g/liter VOC, no. Since acetone is not a VOC and is the diluent for polyester, polyester is legal. Of course, it is extremely hazardous (explosive and flammable). Hence, learn to love waterborne.
The authorities are very strict about VOC's. You might get away with it for a while, but they will catch you if you scofflaw, and bring down hefty fines. Jail time for repeat offenders.
my first consideration would be local competition . if the supply is already more than demand , than look elsewhere . but if the demand for custom finishing is higher than the supply , then switching to polyester or waterbase might be worth the trouble .
I would think local painters would be a good place to scrounge up business . they paint well....but staining and clear coating ? less than stellar .
just my .02
There was a business in Brooklyn NY that refinished pianos in polyester in the 70's and 80's, the name of which I don't recall. It was run by a man and his two sons. Did excellent work.
In spite of observing all the safety precautions, they had an explosion and subsequent fire. All three got out safely, but one of the sons went back in, unaware that his father was already out. He died.
There's plenty of guys doing solvent still in SD county. You just have jump through the hoops with fire dept guys. Once your booth is approved you can purchase bulk CV from SW disty here. You can still purchase laq in bulk from paint shops. It's considered "architectural" ie..for onsite application. There's also plenty of local supply stores for Mohawk and others solvent products. You will have to store and properly dispose of excess laq thinner used for cleaning etc...which costs. Keep your shop clean and fire safe and you're good to go. You're biggest issue will be high rent and cranky landlords.
Forgot. SCAQMD is NOT in San Diego county. That's up north in LA, Riverside and San Berdoo counties. In the long run WB is where SoCal is going. They've already banned oil base paints here. And the laq thinner was reformulated a few years ago. You probably wouldn't even recognize it. I could easily see them cracking down eventually on small time solvent based finish shops. Only the big time guys will be able to put up with the regs.