Finding the right spray paint booth for your needs can be a bit tricky. After all, the term can mean anything, from a bare space with a fan to a high-tech booth that offers several features made possible by a complex system. Of course, you will have to choose depending on your needs.
If you’ve been reading about spray paint booths, you may have learned that they come in different types, such as crossdraft, downdraft, semi-downdraft and side-draft. However, if you’re planning to add heat and brake capabilities to a non-heated spray paint booth, that is something that you have to seriously consider, especially the cost.
Though custom shops may not need upgrades, you may have to get one if you expect volume to be part of your business model. While adding heat to your booth, make it a point to recycle it so you can save thousands of dollars a year.
The cheaper the spray paint booth, the most expensive it usually is to retrofit. You cannot supply heat through the doors of a cross-draft booth, for instance. Major alterations will be needed and the costs can be prohibitively high. In a similar way,installing a heat recycle in specific cross-draft booths can be done, but the cost will be through the roof.
Semi-downdraft booths are easier when it comes to retrofitting for the addition of heat. Because there’s little metal customization or on-site work to be done, the costs of installation and labor will be low.
Adding heat recycle is going to be difficult and expensive due to the exhaust’s location at the rear of the booth. Definitely, substantial amounts of ductwork will be needed. Side downdraft spray paint booths have ducts that run along the sidewalls, which makes it easy to retrofit with heat. As the heater can be connected to the exhaust duct at any location, adding heat recycling is equally easy. As to downdraft booths, heat and heat recycling can both be added easily, depending on the layout. Installation and labor costs will be low as no cabin modifications will be needed.
In any case, make sure there’s adequate room around the booth where you decide to add heat in the future. Your building should have the right electric load, and be aware of where the power will be run so you can come up with an accurate estimate of your costs. Also make sure that the fuel that will run the booth can be brought to the heater. Finally, ensure that adding a heater is allowed by your city even if you have no such plans yet. When you take time to look into everything, you can save your business money and time later on.