6 Tips to Maintain Your Spray Booth
By Barrie Freeman
6 tips to maintain your spray booth (3 products that could prolong its life)
Designed to restrict hazardous substances from leaking into your workshop, a spray booth will protect the user, other workshop employees and lead to a better finish on your paint job. But, spray booths are a big investment. Even if you opt for a booth at the lower end of the price spectrum, you’ll still be shelling out some serious cash. That’s why taking care of your spray booth is so important. Good maintenance can prolong the life of the booth meaning you get more usage for your investment and there’s less downtime for fixes and repairs. Here, we list 6 ways to maintain your spray booth (and cover a few additional products that could help prolong its life, too).
The problem with not maintaining your booth
While a paint booth is undoubtedly a smart purchase for any paint shop, failure to adequately maintain it can lead to a number of issues. Poorly maintained filters can lead to paint overspray building up inside and outside your booth; dust or dirt in your booth could lead to potential imperfections in your finish paint job; a faulty exhaust can lead to strong paint smells outside your booth; and a poorly maintained fan can lead to excess noise coming from your equipment.
6 ways to maintain your spray booth
The good news is, almost all paint booth issues can be eliminated with good care and maintenance. Read on for 6 ways to maintain your spray booth.
Ensure cleaning is regular and consistent
In an ideal world, spray booths should be cleaned down daily. Make this a part of your staff’s daily wind down routine and schedule a deeper clean every few days that takes fan blades and exhaust ducts into account. Similarly, ensure no scrapings or sweeping are left in piles on the floor but swept away as part of the clean.
Change filters regularly
Think of the filter as the heart of your spray booth. Disposable filters have a shelf life and failure to change can lead to the problems listed above as well damage to your paint booth. If you’re not sure when to change yours, check out our recent article: How often should I change my paint booth filters?
Check ventilation ducts
Check ventilation ducts regularly for paint build up. If you see excessive paint build up then it must be removed immediately. If, with regular checking, you find that you’re seeing a quick build up of paint then it could mean your filter needs to be changed. An access hatch can be fitted to your ducting for easy access.
Use non-sparking tools
All tools that are used in the booth, including scrapers and cleaning implements, must be non-sparking to protect the machine and the user.
Dispose of waste correctly
Keep a metal waste disposal unit on site in order to remove any waste that’s been contaminated with paint or other finishing chemicals. At the end of each day (or shift), the containers must be emptied or removed from the building for safety.
Carry out a weekly health check
On a set day every week do a walk around your machine. It’s the regular nature of these sessions that will allow you to spot problems before they affect the daily running of your paint shop.
3 products that could help to maintain the life of your spray booth
We’ve touched on the financial spend when it comes to purchasing a new spray booth and it’s worth nothing that there are certain additional expenditures that could prolong the life of your spray booth (and ultimately save you money in the long run). Take a look at our top three recommendations :
Gramos Propeel Peelable Booth Coatings
As the name suggests Gramos Propeel Peelable Booth Coatings is a peelable spray booth coating that provides a protective layer for spray booths. It’s designed to deliver easy booth maintenance. The white pigmented coating means that working conditions are improved for users and thanks to the peelable nature, the booth coating can be quickly and cleanly removed even with heavy overspray deposits.
Binks Concertina spray booth filters
Available in three levels and designed to effectively contain overspray, the Binks Concertina Spray Booth Filters uses the inertia separation principle to create a user-friendly filter. They improve the spray booth lighting conditions for a neater finish and provide up to 98% filtration for standard filter paper and up to 99% filtration efficiency for super filter paper.
3M Dirt Trap Protection
3M Dirt Trap Protection has been designed to improve the working conditions inside a spray booth and reduce the amount of maintenance and cleaning required. The non-woven material traps dust and overspray whilst brightening the work environment. It can be applied quickly, removed easily and will protect all surfaces that come into contact with paint and finishing materials. Along with the standard dirt trap material there’s also the clear film for windows and lights.
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Need more information on how to prolong the life of your spray booth? Get in touch with a member of the Elmbridge team.