If you own an auto body shop, then you know how important it is to be able to provide your customers with quality painting restoration services in a reasonable time. Unfortunately, painting and detailing can take a lot of time — just waiting for the paint to dry can take days, and during that time you have hope that it doesn’t get contaminated with dirt or dust. But there is a better way — an auto body spray booth will not only provide you with a showroom-quality finish, but it also provides a safer work environment for your employees and lets you complete more jobs in less time. Keep reading to learn more, and if you’re interested in buying an auto body spray booth or have questions about them, contact Centerline Spraybooths.
How An Auto Body Spray Booth Works
A spray booth, also known as a paint booth is a term that can be used to describe a number of different types of enclosed structures. Regardless of how basic or how complex the spray booth is, it’s main purpose is to help those who are painting a car, truck, or other vehicle get the job done faster while preventing paint contamination.
At the most basic level, a spray booth can just be an enclosed space that is used just for painting — so to reduce the incidence of dust, dirt, and other contaminants. Most auto body spray booths, however, are a little more complex than just a dedicated room. They often include a powerful exhaust fan and air makeup unit to create negative air pressure inside the booth. This helps to remove overspray and reduce contamination. Air intake and extraction systems also help make the working environment safer for employees as it keeps contaminants contained so combustibles aren’t released into the surrounding air.
Benefits For Your Auto Body Shop
While spray booths clearly offer benefits with regard to safety and quality, let’s look at how they can boost your productivity. Productivity is a way to measure efficiency, and one way to measure this at your shop is with the number of jobs you can complete in a given timeframe. There are many factors that can influence how long it takes to complete a job, but here are just a few ways a paint booth can help you reduce the time from drop off to drive out.
Shorter Drying Times
One of the most significant ways a paint booth can reduce the time it takes to complete a paint job is through shorter drying times. This is especially true with waterborne paints. These types of paints are prized for more accurate color matching, better performance, and being less harmful to the environment. Unfortunately, they can also be more sensitive to temperature and humidity — which is particularly concerning if you don’t have an application and drying location where the air is controlled.
If you’d like to be able to produce quality paint jobs in far less time using waterborne paint, the Wind Wizard offered by Centerline Spraybooths is just what you need. It not only reduces drying time to a fraction of the time without it, but it also allows for a more consistent application when temperature and humidity is a concern.
Another problem that can slow down production at a body shop is having to repaint or fix jobs that have been affected by dust, debris, and other types of contamination. With a quality spray booth and proper setup and maintenance, airflow can be controlled and contamination will be reduced significantly. With proper airflow, there’s also less overspray which means a cleaner, more professional-looking finish.
Ability To Handle More Types of Jobs
You can certainly boost productivity in your shop if you can complete more jobs in less time, but investing in a spray booth can also allow you to offer additional services if you typically just focus on classic car restoration. By upgrading your restoration equipment, you’ll be able to handle more types of jobs including those that require either waterborne- and solvent-based paints, services for minor collision repair, and even larger vehicle painting such as trucks and limos if you choose.
It’s easy to waste time and resources when you’re painting in an uncontrolled environment. Professional paint booths are designed to provide an optimum work environment and maximize efficiency. Better air quality and airflow allow for better results without applying more layers of paint. This cuts down on material costs as well as labor, as each paint job will take less time to complete.
Learn More About Auto Body Paint Booths At Centerline
Centerline Spraybooths has specialized in installing automotive paint booths for over 25 years. We started in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, but have expanded to cover Rhode Island and now Southern Florida! We are pleased to offer some of the most trusted brands in the industry, including USI ITALIA and Zhongda as well as the Wind Wizard waterborne paint drying system. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of adding an auto body paint booth to your shop, or would like to inquire about having one installed, please give us a call. We provide complete paint booth installation and maintenance with fast and professional service. Contact us with your questions or to learn more about the spray booths we offer.