Choosing the right spray paint booth can be quite tricky. The term can mean anything, from a plain space with a fan to a high-tech booth with a complex system and varied features. Obviously, you will have to choose depending on the needs and requirements of your business.
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.
Custom shops may not require upgrades, but if volume will be part of your business model, you probably will. As you add heat to your paint booth, it’s important to be able to recycle it, saving you thousands of dollars yearly.
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 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 easier when it comes to retrofitting for the addition of 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. Most certainly, the project will require significant amounts of ductwork. When it comes to side downdraft spray paint booths, retrofitting with heat is easier since the ducts run along the sidewalls. Adding heat recycling is also as easy as the heater can be connected to the exhaust duct at any location. As to downdraft booths, heat and heat recycling can both be added easily, depending on the layout. Installation and labor costs will be minimal as changes to the cabin will be unnecessary.
In any case, make sure there’s adequate room around the booth where you decide to 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 ensure that the fuel that runs the booth will be available and can be delivered to the heater. Finally, ensure that adding a heater is allowed by your city even if you have no such plans yet. If you take time to consider all of these details, you can save time and money into the future.