How Not To Buy A Paint Booth - 3 Tips

How Not To Buy A Paint Booth - 3 Tips

How Not To Buy A Paint Booth - 3 Tips

If you’re here, we’re sure you understand that purchasing a paint booth isn’t cheap. It’ll require quite a bit of an investment from your business, and you want to make sure you make the best decision possible.That isn’t to scare you away from installing one or upgrading your current setup.

A good paint booth is one of the most important pieces of equipment for body shops, and if done correctly, can net you increased production as well as decreased time and energy. However, purchasing a paint booth that doesn’t fit your needs can result in a whole slew of issues, such as over-spray, code compliance problems, and health and safety hazards.

In order to avoid these problems, here are a few tips on the top 3 things you should avoid when buying a paint booth.

Avoid Purchasing A Used Paint Booth

While the initial cost of purchasing a used paint booth will be lower than a new one, there are quite a few things you need to consider. You need to have thorough documentation about the booth’s condition; however, you also need to understand it will have to be torn down, shipped, and assembled again. Unfortunately, this can become pretty costly, pretty quickly.

Beyond that, it can also be very time consuming. If you are purchasing a used paint booth, the condition of the booth is dependent on the seller. However, you may also not receive a documented list of maintenance and booth history (which you should know for both lifespan and meeting safety requirements).

In the best case scenario, the booth would be properly maintained and you’d receive a detailed report on everything that had been done. Even in a case like that, the sell will have to take the paint booth down themselves, pack it, and then ship it to you. There would be a strong possibility of parts ending up missing and potential even getting damaged. Outside of all of that, moving all of the parts from the paint booth won’t be cheap.

By the time the booth would make it into your shop, you may learn that it was designed for a completely different layout and workflow. If that were the case, you’d have to modify and alter the booth to match your shop’s needs.

However, let’s say your shop’s floor isn’t completely level. In this instance, your panels would be offset and installation would become a massive headache. In many shops, floor leveling is a common problem during paint booth installation. When you purchase a booth directly from a manufacturer, they can account for these problems and make alterations and adjustments as needed.

Avoid Building Your Own Paint Booth

In the age of Google, you can look up how to do just about anything with a few tap of the keys and a click on the search bar. So, if you look up how to build a paint booth, you’ll certainly find results with tutorials on YouTube or on forums telling you that you can easily build your own with a trip to the local hardware store.

When it comes to paint booths, there are health and safety codes that they must be in compliance with. Paint booths purchased from manufacturers are already specially engineered and tested to be code compliant to several organizations’ standards, such as OSHA, NFPA, and EPA.

If you build the booth yourself, you may not have the proper air flow, ventilation, or exhaust system in place. Beyond that, if that does become the case, it will result in over-spray both inside and outside of the booth (the released chemicals are dangerous for your technicians’ health, are a fire hazard, and can damage equipment if left unchecked). Too much over-spray will also mean a lower quality finish and potentially poor customer satisfaction.

A booth that is homemade will likely not be constructed using materials that are properly resistant to chemicals. However, even if you take careful measures, it will likely not remain that way for long. Beyond that, ventilation and lights are required to be installed and also explosion proof, while air velocity, fire suppression systems, and more are all required and need inspection before you can legally operate the booth.

Avoid Purchasing The Most Expensive Paint Booth

While it may seem easier to buy the top-of-the-line booth with every single option possible, it isn’t necessary in most cases. You want to purchase a booth that fits your shop’s needs and the high-end booths are typically for large-scale operations. If your shop doesn’t need every single feature of the high-end booth, then it’s better to purchase one that is better optimized for your business’ specific workflow and operation.

Prioritize Purchasing A High-Quality Paint Booth

At Garmat USA, we are all about production efficiencies both for your shop, and for our operation. We thrive on coming up with new methods to address the needs of our customers while meeting their budgets.

We are also dedicated to helping you save on your cost of operation. Garmat USA equipment is designed to reduce energy consumption, giving you the best possible return on your investment.

Every product and every improvement is developed with your business goals in mind- Lowering your operating costs and Increasing your production.

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