Why do I need a spray booth?
Spray booths exist because paint fumes are explosive. By creating air flow and sucking the fumes out of the booth and out of the building, the fumes are diluted to keep concentrations below explosive levels. Exhaust filters typically are there to remove overspray (the solid paint particulate) from the air. Intake filters are positioned opposite the exhaust filters to provide air flow throughout the booth and are there to keep dust out of your paint job.
What kinds of booths are there?
There are five basic configurations of booths, starting from the most basic and least expensive to the most expensive:
- Open Face Booths with the exhaust filters in the rear of the booth and an "open face", meaning there are no product doors or intake filters. These can be as small as you want including one that could be workbench height.
- Cross Flow booths with the exhaust filters in the rear and intake filters in the front, typically in the front product doors. A Reverse Flow booth is similar with air flowing in the opposite direction as the name implies.
- Semi-Downdraft booths have the exhaust filters in the rear and intake filters in the front part of the ceiling.
- Side-Downdraft booths with the exhaust filters in the lower part of the side walls and intake filters in all, or almost all of the ceiling.
- Full-Downdraft booths with the exhaust filters in the floor of the booth, either through a pit or raised basement, both covered in bar grating and intake filters in all, or almost all of the ceiling.
Pressurized versus Non-Pressurized
A basic booth will only have an exhaust fan to draw air from the booth and (through ducting) deposit it outdoors, typically through the roof of the building. This is also called a non-pressurized booth.
Where heat is required, an air make-up unit can be added, taking in fresh air, heating it as required and (through ducting), force the air into the booth. This is called a pressurized booth. In warmer climes, sometimes a fan is added without heat to pressurize the booth. One big benefit of a pressurized booth is that it doesn't suck in dust and dirt through cracks and opened doors. Even though it`s called a pressurized booth, the booth is designed so that the exhaust air flow matched the intake air and the pressure inside the booth matches that outside of the booth.
Insulated versus Non-Insulated
Insulated booths are typically double wall and have a more appealling look than a single walled, non-insulated booth. As the heat savings for an insulated booth are minimal, the reasons for the insulated booth are more for aestetics and the features that this higher-end product offers.
What about sizes?
Almost any Size of booth is available. Automotive booths are typically 14 feet wide x 9 feet high x 22 - 30 long (inside) and are the most common sized booth. Because they are common, they are typically competitively priced. Just because they`re designed for automotive doesn`t mean they won`t work well for your industrial application.
Only about 25% of our sales is automotive. The rest is industrial, including fabrication, and woodworking.
Truck booths are not just for trucks! They`re available in the same configurations, and are simply larger. We specialize in truck and industrial booths.
Do you have the right spray booth for me?
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