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, 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 the plan is to add heat and brake capabilities to a non-heated spray paint booth, you should consider this seriously as this will surely impact your overall cost.
Though custom shops may not need upgrades, you may have to get one if you expect volume to be 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 cheaper the spray paint booth, the most expensive it usually is to retrofit. For instance, cross-draft booths cannot have heat provided through its doors. That will call for major alterations and be insanely expensive. Similarly, while you can always install a heat recycle in certain configurations of cross-draft booths, it will cost you too much.
Semi-downdraft booths are relatively simpler to retrofit when you want to add heat. Because there’s little metal customization or on-site work to be done, the costs of installation and labor will be low.
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. As the heater can be connected to the exhaust duct at any location, adding heat recycling is equally easy. Downdraft booths are also easy to add heat and heat recycling to, and the level of difficulty will of course depend 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, there should be sufficient room in the booth where you intend to add heat eventually. 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 make sure that the fuel that will run the booth can be brought 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.