Choosing the right spray paint booth can be quite 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, 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. 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.
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 cheapest spray paint booth will usually be the priciest type to retrofit. For instance, cross-draft booths cannot have heat provided through its doors. That will call for major alterations and be insanely expensive. 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. As very little metal customization or on-site work must be done, installation and labor costs are minimal.
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. 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. 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, the booth should have ample space where you can 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 ensure that the fuel that runs the booth will be available and can be delivered 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. When you take time to look into everything, you can save your business money and time later on.