Paint booth devices typically refer to any type of structure that is designed to prevent contamination and unwanted air flow in areas involving painting. Over the years these technologies and industry has greatly improved. These products come in a variety of configurations ranging as small as a bench top paint booth or as big as an aircraft paint booth. Since the term paint booth can be somewhat a board term there are a number of there are a number of factors to consider when selecting the best paint booth for your application.
Paint booths offer a number of distinct advantages when used correctly. Crossdraft paint booths are very economical because they require the least amount of materials. This type of paint booth does not require an upper plenum which is necessary in various other types of paint booths. Side draft paint booths are ideal for creating an even pattern of airflow around the painting area. This style of paint booth pulls the unwanted contaminates down and away from the finish. The disadvantage of this paint booth is it can be rather expensive as it requires ductwork and a number of exhaust fans. The user is also limited in the number of places he or she can stand so the overspray is caught in the airflow.
Downdraft paint booths offer a significant amount of cleanliness. Airflow is pulled around the painted object and then pushed away from underneath the object. This allows for the user to stand at any location in the paint booth and the overspray will be caught in the airflow. The risk of dust landing on the finish is greatly reduced with the downdraft paint booth design. This style of paint booth has additional start up costs such as pits, tunnels, or ramps. Although this paint booth can be very expensive there is a trade-off of the number of corrections that are required after the paint has dried.
There have been some recent developments in the paint booth industry involving waterborne finishing and the creation of newer flash-off systems. These flash-off devices are designed to for portability as well as energy efficiency. This product produces a unique turbulence that is designed to interrupt the laminar airflow during the flash-off process. By utilizing two environmentally friendly motor/fan assemblies this allows for reliable airflow at the lowest cost. One additional advantage is this system does not utilize compressed air. Overall paint however are an ideal investment for controlling hazardous materials, providing explosive protection in your work zones, and creating a clean painting environment.