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The Cost of Adding Heat and Brake Capabilities to a Non-Heated Paint Booth

Finding the right spray paint booth for your needs can be a bit tricky. The term is too broad and may cover anything, from just space and fan to state-of-the-art booth with sophisticated features and systems, Of course, you will have to choose depending on your needs.

If you’ve been reading up on spray paint booths, you may have discovered that they come in at least four types – downdraft, semi-downdraft, side-draft and crossdraft. But if the plan is to add heat and brake capabilities to a non-heated spray paint booth, you should consider this seriously as this will surely impact your overall cost.

Custom shops may not require upgrades, but if volume will be part of your business model, you probably will. As you add heat to your paint booth, it’s important to be able to recycle it, saving you thousands of dollars yearly.

The cheaper the spray paint booth, the most expensive it usually is to retrofit. For instance, cross-draft booths cannot have heat provided through its doors. That will be prohibitively expensive and it will require big alterations. Similarly, while you can always install a heat recycle in certain configurations of cross-draft booths, it will cost you too much.

Semi-downdraft booths are relatively easier 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.

Because of the exhaust’s location (rear of the booth), adding heat recycle will be both difficult and expensive. Definitely, substantial amounts of ductwork will be needed. 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 can be kept to a minimum, considering changes to the cabin will not be required.

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 appropriate electric load, and you should determine where the power will have to be run so you can see what your costs will be. Also ensure that the fuel that runs the booth will be available and can be delivered to 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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