Adding Add Heat and Brake Capabilities to a Non-Heated Paint Booth
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. Of course, you will have to choose depending on your needs.
If you’ve been reading about spray paint booths, you may have learned that they come in different types, such as crossdraft, downdraft, semi-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. While you add heat to your booth, be sure to recycle it so you can pocket thousands of dollars each year in savings.
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. Major alterations will be needed and the costs can be prohibitively high. 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 relatively simpler to retrofit when you want to add heat. You will need very little metal customization or on-site work, which means installation and labor costs will be 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. It’s also as easy to add heat recycling because the heater may be connected to the exhaust duct practically anywhere. 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. 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 determine whether the fuel to run the booth will actually be available and can reach 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. If you take time to consider all of these details, you can save time and money into the future.