Finding the right spray paint booth for your needs can be a bit tricky. The term is too broad and may cover anything, from just space and fan to state-of-the-art booth with sophisticated features and systems, Of course, you will have to pick the one that suits your needs the most.
If you’ve been reading up on spray paint booths, you may have discovered that they come in at least four types – downdraft, semi-downdraft, side-draft and crossdraft. But if the plan is to add heat and brake capabilities to a non-heated spray paint booth, you should consider this seriously as this will surely impact your overall cost.
While custom shops may not call for upgrades, you may need one if volume will likely become 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.
Cheaper spray paint booths often cost the most to retrofit. You cannot supply heat through the doors of a cross-draft booth, for instance. That will call for major alterations and be insanely expensive. In the same way, you can install a heat recycle in some cross-draft booth configurations, but it will be very costly.
Semi-downdraft booths are relatively easier when you want to add 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. Certainly, it will require a substantial amount of ductwork. Side downdraft spray paint booths have ducts that run along the sidewalls, which makes it easy to retrofit with heat. Adding heat recycling is also as easy as the heater can be connected to the exhaust duct at any location. Depending on the layout, downdraft booths also come easy in terms of adding heat and heat recycling. Installation and labor costs can be kept to a minimum, considering changes to the cabin will not be required.
In any case, the booth should have ample space where you can add heat in the future. Make sure your building has the right electric load, and you need to know where the power must be run so you can estimate your costs. Also make sure that the fuel that will run the booth can be brought to the heater. Finally, see whether your city will allow you to add a heater, even if your immediate plans do not include that yet. Just by taking time to look into all of these details, your business can enjoy money and time savings in the future.