Whether it’s for an automotive application or any other product, a paint booth is a valuable investment if you plan to start offering paint spray services of any kind. Before you make the purchase, though, it is important that you know just what you’re looking for. Here are a few features to consider to ensure that you get just what you need from your paint booth purchase.
The dimensions of the booth you select will determine what kinds of projects you can complete. Think about the dimensions of the largest item you’ll be likely to handle inside the booth, then use those dimensions to determine the following:
The booth should be at least six feet wider than the widest object you expect to spray. That six feet allows for space on either side of the object so that you can easily work on both sides. That also allows for two feet between the sprayer and the object you’re painting, which ensures consistent coverage.
You should have at least three feet of clearance in your booth height after you factor in the height of the tallest item you’ll spray plus the height of the conveyor or any other hardware where you’ll place the item. If you will be lifting items in the air to spray the underside of them, allow for that space in your height calculations as well.
Allow for at least three feet on each end of the longest object you’ll paint. That allows for sufficient room for you to move around both ends. Remember to consider the space taken up by your ventilation system as well, because that will affect your calculations.
Your ventilation and filtration system is an essential component. You need a ventilation system with an air flow rate that is sufficient to keep fumes from building up around you. Choose a system with sufficient filters to clear out any particles in the air as well. When you select your ventilation system, make sure you have a reliable source for filters, because they’ll need to be replaced on a regular basis to keep things functioning properly.
The exhaust stacks should have the same diameter as your exhaust fan, and they should be installed to discharge the air vertically. Choose an exhaust stack system that sits at least six feet over your booth’s roof line, too.
Finally, make sure your ventilation system includes an air replacement component that will supply fresh air to the booth. You’ll need a filter on that end as well, because it keeps you from getting any particles in the air that could stick to the paint.
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