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    Other uses for the darkroom

    I have recently decided to paint my bicycle bright yellow (perhaps a reminder of Kodak yellow) and am in the process of spray painting it in my darkroom. Perhaps not a good idea? Although I did keep the windows and door open. Anyone else use their darkroom for strange non-photographic things?

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    I stripped my motorcycle's exhaust down to bare metal with a drill and sanding attachment, also have built up (and torn down) roughly 5 bicycles in there.

    Cleanup is always worse than anticipated.

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    My DR was originally intended as a utility and storage/pantry just off the kitchen. It already shares duty, plus you have to pass through it to get to the half bath. Even though I have running water in there, I still process film in the kitchen.
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    Made a circuit board in my darkroom two nights ago. UV-lamps for salt printing needed to copy the design and trays and sink for the chemical part. Just some different chemicals.

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    I'm privileged to have a dedicated darkroom I do not need nor agree to use for anything else. I couldn't sleep for several nights recently when I had to let plumbers in to install new pipes that needed to go through a corner in the darkroom.

    I'm paranoid about dust there.

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    Spray painting will always have an overspray that will cover everything with a fine coat of paint dust - not a good idea in a darkroom.

    Would you do it in your kitchen? No! Then don't do it in the darkroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMbikerider View Post
    Spray painting will always have an overspray that will cover everything with a fine coat of paint dust - not a good idea in a darkroom.

    Would you do it in your kitchen? No! Then don't do it in the darkroom.
    You are probably quite correct and Fixcinater's sanding is also not a good idea. However, if you are not precious about prints (only reproductions from negs) then it's not a big problem and the dust will settle.

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    I used to keep my epson inkjet printer in there. Since I added a 4x5 enlarger, there became no room for the printer.

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    Laundry, of course! And cat play corner. Our house is really small, and the only running water in the basement is by the laundry, so that's where I built my 'dark corner'. I hang clothes from the same lines that I hang clothes to dry, by necessity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    You are probably quite correct and Fixcinater's sanding is also not a good idea. However, if you are not precious about prints (only reproductions from negs) then it's not a big problem and the dust will settle.
    hi clive

    i'd hang it from a piece of rope OUTSIDE
    and paint it there ...
    i wouldn't do that in a darkroom
    unless you have made a spray-tent
    besides, you'll be huffin' fumes

    i don't do anything besides photo stuff in my DR.

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