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

Selecting the right spray paint booth is not always easy. After all, the term can mean anything, from a bare space with a fan to a high-tech booth that offers several features made possible by a complex system. Obviously, you will have to choose depending on the needs and requirements of your business.

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 you’re thinking of adding heat and brake capabilities to a non-heated spray paint booth, you need to seriously consider the move, especially its impact on your total costs.

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 cheapest spray paint booth will usually be the priciest type to retrofit. For instance, cross-draft booths cannot have heat provided through its doors. That will call for major alterations and be insanely expensive. In a similar way,installing a heat recycle in specific cross-draft booths can be done, but the cost will be through the roof.

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.

Adding heat recycle is going to be difficult and expensive due to the exhaust’s location at the rear of the booth. Certainly, it will require a substantial amount 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 will be minimal as changes to the cabin will be unnecessary.

In any case, there should be sufficient room in the booth where you intend to add heat eventually. Make sure your building has the right electric load, and you need to know where the power must be run so you can estimate your costs. 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. Just by taking time to look into all of these details, your business can enjoy money and time savings in the future.

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