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Adding Add Heat and Brake Capabilities to a Non-Heated Paint Booth

Selecting the right spray paint booth is not always easy. 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 researching spray paint booths, you may already know the different types they come in including crossdraft, semi-downdraft, downdraft and side-draft. 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 example, you cannot supply heat to a cross-draft booth through its doors. That will be prohibitively expensive and it will require big alterations. 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. Because there’s little metal customization or on-site work to be done, the costs of installation and labor will be low.

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. Side downdraft spray paint booths have ducts that run along the sidewalls, which makes it easy to retrofit with heat. It’s also as easy to add heat recycling because the heater may be connected to the exhaust duct practically anywhere. Depending on the layout, downdraft booths also come easy in terms of adding heat and heat recycling. Installation and labor costs will be low as no cabin modifications will be needed.

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 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 determine whether the fuel to run the booth will actually be available and can reach the heater. Finally, ensure that adding a heater is allowed by your city even if you have no such plans yet. When you take time to look into everything, you can save your business money and time later on.

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