Important Considerations for Choosing a Paint Spray Booth

Important Considerations for Choosing a Paint Spray Booth

A paint spray booth is an enclosure within an automotive shop that focuses on the painting of a car. As most car paint is in a spray form a booth is necessary to confine the airborne particles. It also protects the newly applied paint from dust or debris. Hence, a paint spray booth. The interior can vary from a table with a few spray cans to a fully automated system with various spray patterns. Most of them are equipped with a fan to cycle out air, and they all offer colors far beyond the traditional three dealerships trade in.

In the industrial world a paint spray booth is a large edifice designed to move large quantities in and out. In any case if you are an auto detailer, professional shop, or specifically focus on car painting a paint spray booth is probably a good investment. They come in different sizes and many seek to provide optimum shop space. This means they are made to take up as less space as possible, while offering top of the line service. Here are some things to consider when choosing a paint spray booth.

Different Draft Patterns

A big aspect of a spray booths is the way they move air in and out. Various booths have various drafting systems to accomplish this. Cross draft booths flow air directly across the automobile. They are a very popular choice in the automotive industry. This is mostly because it can be manufactured with the least material possible. This takes away the need for concrete, and also lowers the overall cost. The only problem is the shape of the flowing air is not optimal to remove all debris and dust. The flow also drags contaminates across the vehicle providing more opportunity to stick to the finish.

A semi-downdraft system works like a cross draft but sends the air into the booth via the ceiling. Downdraft booths operate almost the same way except their air pattern goes strictly down. Semi-downdrafts are more efficient than cross drafts but still create dead spot. They also put the painter in the way. Downdrafts are super cleanly and great for clean up. They also take away a lot of the dead spots but they require a lot more material like concrete and an open basement pit. Side draft booths introduce air through the side walls for more even coverage and flow. They are more expensive, but also do not require concrete.


Heating comes into play with volume. If your shop is going to cater to a lot of cars than adding heat or baking capabilities to your draft system is necessary. This is also true of industrial operations. Heat is necessary to provide the industrial finishing required for mass produced autos.

Heat can be added to any draft system and helps the finish to set faster. This means that the jobs take less time to complete which suits volume. The addition of heat should only really be considered if production increases. This is nice because it can always be added to a system later.

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