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. Of course, you will have to choose depending on your needs.
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. While you add heat to your booth, be sure to recycle it so you can pocket thousands of dollars each year in savings.
Cheaper spray paint booths often cost the most 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. 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 easier 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.
It would be difficult and pricey to add heat recycle because of the location of the exhaust, which is at the back 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. 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, there should be sufficient room in the booth where you intend to add heat eventually. 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, ensure that adding a heater is allowed by your city even if you have no such plans yet. Just by taking time to look into all of these details, your business can enjoy money and time savings in the future.