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Costs of Adding Heat and Brake Capabilities to Non-Heated Paint Booths

Selecting the right spray paint booth is not always easy. The term can mean anything, from a plain space with a fan to a high-tech booth with a complex system and varied features. Obviously, you will have to choose depending on the needs and requirements of your business.

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. 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.

Though custom shops may not need upgrades, you may have to get one if you expect volume to be part of your business model. 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 example, you cannot supply heat to a cross-draft booth through its doors. Major alterations will be needed and the costs can be prohibitively high. 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 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.

Adding heat recycle is going to be difficult and expensive due to the exhaust’s location at the rear of the booth. Definitely, substantial amounts of ductwork will be needed. As the ducts of side downdraft booths run along the sidewalls, retrofitting with heat is easy. It’s also as easy to add heat recycling because the heater may be connected to the exhaust duct practically anywhere. Downdraft booths are also easy to add heat and heat recycling to, and the level of difficulty will of course depend on the layout. Installation and labor costs will be low as no cabin modifications will be needed.

In any case, there should be sufficient room in the booth where you intend to add heat eventually. 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, see whether your city will allow you to add a heater, even if your immediate plans do not include that yet. If you take time to consider all of these details, you can save time and money into the future.

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