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The last time we rattlecan’d something in the shop, we tried to minimize the overspray by creating a “tent” around the paint area.  The bottom line: our tent sucked and we not only had to clean up overspray, we also had to clean up the tent. This looks like a quicker and more secure way to put up a plastic wall for a messy project. 

ZipWall’s barrier system consists of telescoping, twist-locking poles available in both twelve and twenty foot lengths.  The system locks the “screening” material (ordinary plastic sheeting, light canvas tarp, or drop cloth) firmly against the ceiling, creating a reasonably tight barrier.  Once in place, just lift and tuck the screening material under the pole to create a tight barrier from top to bottom — ready for you to make whatever mess you’ve got planned inside.

To get this kind of “zippy cool” solution, you’re going to have to go a bit north of the century mark at $128 — which might leave you looking for a few sticks and some duck tape if you’re on a strict project budget.  Personally, we’re gonna save up for some.

I hate cleaning up overspray.

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5 Responses to Finds: The ZipWall

  1. jbjhill says:

    Looks like a bunch of roller poles with $.05 binder clips would do the same thing. Froogle some twist and locks, hit Staples, grab your duct tape and you’re good to go for about a lot less (especially if your neighbor keeps all his painting crap on the side of his house). Totally beats taping/stapling plastic sheeting to the ceiling.

  2. Jon Gummer says:

    I bought the ZipWall system two days ago to stop the over spray from my HVLP sprayer.
    I found that it was a lot more economical to buy the kit, which cost $170.00. It contained four poles, two 5 ft foam bars which fits on the end of a pole to create a tight seal to the ceiling, two Zips to create a doorway and some non-skip pads.
    Really easy to set up and no fear of damaging the ceiling from pulling off tape, if it’s still there overnight mind you.

  3. Dennis Anson says:

    jbjhill…evidently you have never used the zipwall system…if you google twist and locks, drive to staples, buy “duct tape” (a harmful tape that will fall down or strip paint) and then develop your idea, you will not only have taken an insane amount of time out of your day/s, but also that would be costly and would not work, let alone work as well as my zipwall 4 pack plus does.

    They set up in minutes, save me time and money, and don’t require ladders when I need to reach 9 or 18 foot ceilings. Go ahead and take your time with duct tape and ladders, but I reccommend everyone else to save their time and money and set up zipwalls for dust or overspray control. Also, zipwall has foam rails and side clamps now to create airtight seals, which again, clips and duct tape won’t do.

  4. tsmith7 says:

    I had purchased products of zipwall few months back for my project but it didnt give me the expected results. Recently i found a new system from http://www.curtain-wall.com and its quick and easier to work on better than zipwall. I recommend everyone here to save your time and money by using products of http://www.curtain-wall.com.

  5. John Williams says:

    Great post! We just bought ZipWall’s ZipPole System. It can be set-up in minutes and works flawlessly. It costs $169, half the price of the original ZipWall 4-Pack Plus System. The good news is my ZipPoles work great with my other ZipWall gear (12′ aluminum poles, 20′ poles, foam rails, etc…) I just used everything on a house with a cathedral ceiling. Started with ZipPoles at the low end added the 12 footers and raised barrier to the peak with my 20 footer. And it was easy and eliminated dust outside of the work area. You can find the details about ZipPole here: http://www.zipwall.com/lp/lpZipPole.html

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