An automotive paint booth is likely one of the biggest investments any body shop or classic car restoration business will make. It’s a worthwhile one, however, especially if it’s properly maintained. Spray booths are pressure-controlled, enclosed environments that make it easier to apply paint by providing an area that’s free of dust and debris. While you can certainly paint a vehicle without one, doing so results in an inferior paint job and can be hazardous to your team and the environment.
At Centerline Spraybooths of Amityville, NY we specialize in automotive paint booth installation and service in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. In today’s blog, we want to talk about how you can maintain your paint booth for optimum performance year after year. Keep reading to learn more and if you’re in the market for a new spray booth for your Tri-State business, give Centerline a call.
Spray booths require regular maintenance, especially if they’re used frequently. Ongoing use without proper maintenance can result in costly repairs and hazardous working conditions. Ultimately, you’ll want to keep it running in peak condition otherwise the quality of your painting will suffer, resulting in unhappy customers.
Maintenance of your spray booth will vary depending on the brand, design, and how often you use it. To create a maintenance schedule for your spray booth, it’s best to refer to the recommendations of the booth manufacturer. If you buy your booth through Centerline, we’ll be happy to help you monitor and complete the necessary tasks.
Spray Booth Interior
The interior of your booth should be cleaned regularly to remove overspray buildup. Maintaining the cleanliness of the floors and walls of the booth is important to keep dirt and dust out of the paint job and ensure better quality finishes and safer working conditions. If you’re using the booth daily, the floors should be swept every day. The spray booth walls should also be cleaned often with a soft cloth dipped in soapy water.
Changing out the filters in your spray booth should be one of the most important things on your maintenance list. Going too long between changes can not only affect the performance of your booth, but it can cause damage to the fan. A filter that is past its prime will slow airflow, which can allow dust and dirt to collect in your booth. To prevent this from happening, you should inspect your filters often and change them as needed. Keep in mind that it’s not like changing the furnace filter in your home — which is usually done at a set time interval. Changing your spray booth filters will depend on how often you use your booth and can change from season to season.
If you’re not sure if you need to replace your automotive paint booth filters or are looking to stock up on new ones, Centerline can help. Just give us a call, let us know what kind of booth you have, and we’ll get you set up.
Other Maintenance Considerations
There are several different parts to your spray booth, and many of them will need regular maintenance — at least annually, but some will need it daily or weekly depending on the part and how often you use your spray booth. Every booth make and model is different but some of the general guidelines for cleaning and maintenance are as follows:
- Clean the makeup air unit
- Inspect and clean the exhaust fan
- Clean intake and exhaust ducts
- Inspect seals and recaulk them if necessary
- Clean burners and have them inspected once a year by a trained professional
- Grease fan motor bearings
Maintaining a spray booth is a big job, but an important one. If you need help creating a maintenance schedule or performing some maintenance tasks, reach out to the team at Centerline.
Other Tips For Improving the Longevity of Your Automotive Spray Booth
Adhering to your maintenance schedule is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your spray booth. But, there are other things you can do daily to reduce the amount of dust and debris that enters your booth.
To keep the interior of your booth as clean as possible, keep the doors shut at all times. When you do bring a vehicle into the booth, make sure that it is clean and dust/dirt free before entering. Using an air hose and tack rag can help accomplish this. Before you open the doors to bring a vehicle into the booth, make sure the booth is already turned on. And finally, limit traffic in and out of the booth while you’re spraying.
Contact Centerline For All of Your Automotive Spray Booth Needs
Hopefully, this blog has been informative and will help you keep your spray booth functioning at optimum performance for many years. Don’t have a spray booth or need to add one to your shop? At Centerline, we’ve been selling and installing spray booths for over 25 years so you can trust that we have the experience and knowledge to get the job done right. Just give us a call to schedule a consultation and we will be happy to discuss your new paint booth options!
Don’t forget that Centerline can also provide a great way to improve the efficiency of your paint shop. It’s called the Wind Wizard and it gives autobody shops the ability to paint more cars with waterborne paint in less time. Ask us about it when you schedule your consultation.