In Modern times Painting is done in high class chamber known as Paint Booth or Spray Booth. The whole idea of doing painting in Paint booth is to have dust free flawless finish & to accelerate the curing of paint at certain temperature. Filters play a very important role in a paint booth to provide dust free air. First and foremost a filter must simply be able to do two (2) things in order to be effective. One is to be able to capture and the second is to be able to hold the over spray. If the filter now being used cannot do these two simple tasks then they are allowing the over spray to pass on into the exhaust chamber, fan, stack and into the outside air. This is the leading reason that your neighbours know when you are painting. This is also how cars in the parking lot get "painted".
Cheap and junk filters that don't work can end up costing you a lot of money. Good and effective filters that don't fit well into their frames or track allow contaminated air to "by-pass" them through the spaces left by poor fit. Either way you are not capturing and holding the over spray as required This over spray that is allowed to pass on to the inside of the exhaust chamber, fan and stack will accumulate on these surfaces. Here is where fires start in spray booths and they have a habit of starting at night or on week ends when nobody is around. They are ignited by a phenomenon called composting