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  • Posted on April 8, 2018 at 11:21 am

Adding Add Heat and Brake Capabilities to a Non-Heated Paint Booth

Choosing the right spray paint booth can be quite 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. Obviously, you will have to choose depending on the needs and requirements of your business.

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. 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 cheaper the spray paint booth, the most expensive it usually is to retrofit. For example, you cannot supply heat to a cross-draft booth through its doors. That will be prohibitively expensive and it will require big alterations. 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. As very little metal customization or on-site work must be done, installation and labor costs are 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. When it comes to side downdraft spray paint booths, retrofitting with heat is easier since the ducts run along the sidewalls. 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 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. Your building should have the appropriate electric load, and you should determine where the power will have to be run so you can see what your costs will be. Also ensure that the fuel that runs the booth will be available and can be delivered to the heater. Lastly, check whether you will be allowed by your city to add a heater, even if that is not in your immediate plans yet. When you take time to look into everything, you can save your business money and time later on.

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