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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. Of course, you will have to choose depending on your needs.

If you’ve been reading about spray paint booths, you may have learned that they come in different types, such as crossdraft, downdraft, semi-downdraft and side-draft. 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. Major alterations will be needed and the costs can be prohibitively high. In the same way, you can install a heat recycle in some cross-draft booth configurations, but it will be very costly.

Semi-downdraft booths are relatively easier when you want to add heat. You will need very little metal customization or on-site work, which means installation and labor costs will be minimal.

It would be difficult and pricey to add heat recycle because of the location of the exhaust, which is at the back of the booth. Most certainly, the project will require significant amounts of ductwork. As the ducts of side downdraft booths run along the sidewalls, retrofitting with heat is easy. As the heater can be connected to the exhaust duct at any location, adding heat recycling is equally easy. 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, the booth should have ample space where you can 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 determine whether the fuel to run the booth will actually be available and can reach the heater. Lastly, check whether you will be allowed by your city to add a heater, even if that is not in your immediate plans yet. When you take time to look into everything, you can save your business money and time later on.

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