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 choose depending on your needs.
If you’ve been researching spray paint booths, you may already know the different types they come in including crossdraft, semi-downdraft, downdraft and side-draft. But if you’re thinking of adding heat and brake capabilities to a non-heated spray paint booth, you need to seriously consider the move, especially its impact on your total costs.
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.
The cheapest spray paint booth will usually be the priciest type to retrofit. For example, you cannot supply heat to a cross-draft booth through its doors. Major alterations will be needed and the costs can be prohibitively high. 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 simpler to retrofit when you want to add heat. You will need very little metal customization or on-site work, which means installation and labor costs will be minimal.
Because of the exhaust’s location (rear of the booth), adding heat recycle will be both difficult and expensive. Certainly, it will require a substantial amount of ductwork. As the ducts of side downdraft booths run along the sidewalls, retrofitting with heat is easy. It’s also as easy to add heat recycling because the heater may be connected to the exhaust duct practically anywhere. Depending on the layout, downdraft booths also come easy in terms of adding heat and heat recycling. Installation and labor costs will be minimal as changes to the cabin will be unnecessary.
In any case, there should be sufficient room in the booth where you intend to add heat eventually. 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 determine whether the fuel to run the booth will actually be available and can reach 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.