Paint Booth FAQ

What you should know about paint booths

Please Note: When you wish to purchase an automotive spray booth, several questions come to mind. Well, you can never be too curious to clarify all doubts about buying a paint booth. Installing a booth in your facility is most likely a large construction project. The project requires hiring a contractor and a team of tradesmen in order to complete the job properly and on schedule.

Here are some of the popular questions that may be bothering your mind in regards to installing a new spray booth in your shop.

1. Obtaining Necessary Permits

Getting the required permits involves proper documentation from different levels of the municipality. We need detailed shop layout drawings to obtain the required building permits before the project begins. Many inspectors will visit the construction site while the project is in progress to ensure compliance with the standard building codes. Also, regular monitoring is essential to ensure that no vital step that can result in halting the project is omitted for failing to comply with the standard. Sometimes, It can be challenging to get approval, but the permit cost covers this stage of the project.

2. Proper Building Envelope

Failure to set up building envelopes correctly can cause the roof or walls to leak, which will unavoidably result in massive damage if not noticed and corrected early enough. The required trades will be hired to tie the roof and walls correctly to prevent future damages from happening.

3. Fire Suppression

Fire suppression is an essential part of safety that cannot be taken for granted, and the NFPA code must be obtained. Consequently, an inspection must take place, and strict adherence to the right code must be ensured. A plumber has to come and run a suppression system. Check essential local code and the NFPA standard.

4. Handling of Material

The manufacturer first manufactures the booth before a distributor sells it, and finally, it then gets to the customer. Handling costs are involved as a shipping company’s service is required, and workmen have to be arranged to unload the product on arrival.

5. Equipment Rentals

It may be necessary to rent specialized pieces of equipment to install the booth, depending on its size. Some of the equipment needed include a forklift rental, boom lifts, man lifts, and skyhooks.

6. Excavation

The installation of an evac floor may be required in your shop based on the type of paint booth you are looking to have installed. It may be crucial to hire a concrete company to create a hole in the floor of your shop for ventilation purposes.

7. Flooring

The flooring of the booth has to be fixed after the paint booth’s installation has been completed. The tradesman that handled the floor initially may be hired for this purpose. Meanwhile, bare concrete may not need to be tied.

8. Engineering

The booth installation may have affected your shop’s structure and other things that may require an engineer to be called in for expert advice and compliance with the laid down requirements.

9. Roof Reinforcement

It is crucial to reinforce the roof, as the holes cut on them are capable of affecting the booth’s strength, to prevent heavy snowfall, workers, etc. from falling through the roof. Reinforcement must be added to enhance or replace the strength of the structure. A welder has to be hired to take care of the hole professionally.

10. Air Circulation

Adequate ventilation or air circulation is essential for most booths. As a result, make-up air units will be provided based on the need of each booth. The units are available in different sizes and types. This contributes significantly to the overall costs and will be given special consideration when preparing a quote.

11. Booth Assembly

This is the cost of the booth, and it includes the cost of physical materials, construction, and installation of the booth.

12. Duct Assembly

A duct needs to be installed to run across the booth for proper ventilation or air circulation.

13. Gas Lines

High-quality gas lines must be run to the burners to ensure smooth operation in the booth. And the installation must meet the required standard. A licensed tradesman must be hired for the project.

14. Air Source

Compressed air can be supplied to run the spray guns. The air source is essential in the running of a booth. So, it must be prioritized.

15. Power Hookup

The booth must have a good supply of electricity with the controller installed in the shop. A qualified electrician will be hired for safe and professional installation.

16. Control Panel

An appropriate control panel must be installed to run the booth. The control panel required by booths are different from one from the other. The sales rep will assess the booth and the suitable panel needed.

17. System Start-up

The commissioning and first test-run of the booth must be flagged off by a specialist to ensure that everything is in order and runs correctly.

18. Clean Up

Empty crates and other materials removed from the booth during installation have to be disposed of responsibly by hiring a waste disposal company.

19. Out of Town Expenses

It is more difficult to reach some areas than others. The costs of getting the booth and materials to such locations will undoubtedly be higher.

20. Trade Management

It is crucial to assign a general contractor to handle the trades and monitor the smooth progress of the construction.

21. Safety

The safety of the booth and all components must be prioritized. Necessary precautions must be established in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety standards.


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