It’s a new year in a new decade. At the start of something fresh, it’s traditional to make plans and set goals. It happens every January with new gym memberships and increased sales on romaine. We do it in our personal lives and it’s equally important to set optimistic goals for our business. January is the perfect time to create plans, set strategies and develop tactics for how to get there. During that process, look at equipment needs, personnel gaps, and potential growth opportunities. Once you start brainstorming, excitement will build and you’ll want to get moving sooner rather than later.
It’s easy to get distracted by challenges. Large and small businesses alike face productivity challenges. During these times, leaders look for ways to increase efficiency while also boosting the bottom line. At all levels, keep an eye on improvements to keep the business viable and equip it for growth.
With the year winding to a close, you may hear a lot about “Section 179” and how you’re business can benefit if you are looking to purchase some equipment before 2020.
We get just as confused as the next guy when you start talking “tax rate”, “deductions” and “depreciation”. We thought we would do a little research and try to explain how this could be a HUGE benefit to small businesses, we should know because Standard Tools is also a small business that takes advantage of incentives such as this.
When we say ‘equipment’, we mean any large purchase you buy to benefit your business. For example, a heated paint booth to help boost your productivity. Since it’s an ‘investment’ in your business, it is included in this category.
You can even finance it in 2019, but write it off in 2019 and save thousands.
So, section 179 is what exactly? It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves. Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment purchased (or financed) during the tax year. Wow! The FULL PURCHASE PRICE will be deducted from your gross income. (As long as the total purchase price is less than $2.2 million on equipment. Continue reading Buy Before January 1st to Save Thousands.*
Every day we are lucky enough to work with customers from practically every industry. We get to hear stories of what our customers are painting, finishing, creating. We get to hear about their business.
Cars, Boats and Train Cars. Large Hollywood studios, retailers and car manufacturers. We sell to the agricultural industry, theme parks, universities and music makers. We sell to prop masters, furniture makers and industries that require ‘clean rooms’. We have the gamut of customers. They are all using the paint booth for a slightly different application, but one thing remains important: safety.
At Standard Tools, we also get to hear the stories in the field that are the very reason for safety, compliance, and codes. We have dozens of examples on the importance of being safe. All too often these lessons are learned the hard way. If you Google “body shop fires” it will haunt you to see the images of the businesses burned to the ground from not using the correct equipment or practicing unsafe operations.
At Standard Tools, we set the bar high for customer satisfaction. At the very top of that list is safety. We want our booths, employees, customers and users to be safe. We encourage them to have a booth that is compliant and will give them very little trouble for the years to come, serving them well and protecting against those dangerous situations.
At Howard Classic Boats, their number one commitment is to preserve and advance the enjoyment of Antique and Classic Boats.
When they contacted Standard Tools about a finishing booth to use on these beautiful boats, we couldn’t wait to get started. They needed a custom booth, so our engineers worked to get it designed to fit their needs. A 14’ X 11’ X 35’ powder-coated semi-downdraft booth was in the works.
“The paint booth [open faced booth] has been fantastic. The amount of time it saves us and the result of increased production it has paid for itself. Plus, the fact that our spray guns are wired through the booth so they cannot work without the fans on for safety purposes.”
Cramer Decker is a global leader in the development and delivery of innovative life support technologies and gas management solutions, according to their web site.
They ordered our open face booth for their facilities in California. They use it in the industrial application of coating tanks. They ship the tanks out empty, to be eventually filled by their customers with gases like oxygen, nitrogen or argon.
They have an ETL-certified 20′ wide open-faced booth (OFB-20). With the ETL-listing the booth also received the Standard Tools control panel for operating the lights and fan.
The open-faced design draws air into the booth through the open front, which is then exhausted through the back wall filters. The open front makes it easy to load the tanks and spray them. This application is also great for furniture, cabinets, bulky equipment or small equipment. It is like our paint wall, but with an “awning” of lights and some side walls to contain the over-spray.
Our open face booths come in a variety of widths to fit every application! Whether you’re painting furniture, parts and pieces or tanks… we have a booth for that.
Standard Tools Celebrates 20 years and 20,000 paint booths.Celebrate with us and see how the whole “Paint Booth thing” got started for us at Standard Tools and Equipment. It’s not where you might think.
“When it comes to our people, our products and the customers we serve … we are anything but Standard.”
A passion for car restoration turns into a major business of unique pieces.
I recently had the pleasure to work with and get to know Mr. Donald Pirre when he purchased an Industrial Paint Wall for his company, Coat of Chrome. He told me that he “chromes” anything, and I was intrigued. Don is not just a “chromer” (is that a word?) … but he is a true artist and master of his trade. Can you really chrome anything? Let’s see.
Gold chromed microphones for famous singers? Check.
Gold Chromed mask that looks like it belongs in the next Star Wars movie? Check.
Silver Chromed Football Trophy? Check.
Coat of Chromewas born out of his passion for restoring classic antique vehicles. His award winning automobiles include a 1967 Chevelle Malibu convertible and a 1967 Chevelle SS convertible. He discovered that it was a challenge to re-chrome parts due to the expense as well as the lack of service providers.
Don learned of a process used in Canada and Europe, which was not only effective for his auto restoration but also for numerous other applications. He went to Canada and learned from the experts and came back to open his business in 2003. Coat of Chrome can coat any type of material (metal, wood, glass, plastic, stone, fiberglass, ceramic, even fabric, etc.) with a mirror-finish, silver-metal coating that exactly duplicates chrome plating or colored chrome finishes. Continue reading Industrial Paint Wall For Flawless Chrome Detail
What you need to know about NESHAP requirements before you buy your spray booth.
Do you remember that movie, based on a true story, Erin Brockovich? Julie Roberts won an Oscar for her portrayal of the real-life environmentalist that went after a power company in Texas after contaminating the drinking water and caused many health issues in the community? That’s what I think of when I think of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).
The goal is to reduce hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), which are pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects, such as reproductive effects or birth defects. HAPs are also known to cause adverse environmental effects.
Clean Air Act
Americans are breathing easier and living healthier lives since the Clean Air Act was enacted in 1970. The EPA has made the reduction of HAPs a priority since the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. It’s important if you are working with these pollutants, you follow the rules of compliance for working safely. The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)were developed in the 1970 (Clean Air Act – CAA) for hazardous air pollutants and revisited / enforced in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.
First & Before: If you are looking to buy a booth, we always recommend that you speak with your local officials first to find out what is required. You’ll thank us later when you’re not paying to “get compliant”. This will vary based on where you are, what your spraying, etc. Your fire marshal can give you the city’s requirements, like if your booth needs to be ETL-listed (which we have), but you should also contact your local EPA office to see if you will be required to meet NESHAP requirements as well. It’s a good idea to have all your permits in place before you buy your booth. Read our blog to see all Top 10 Things you need to consider before buying a paint booth.
Know what you’re spraying. Do you know what you’re spraying? Have you read the labels and made yourself familiar with what all those ingredients are? Do you have the proper protective gear and equipment for you and your staff, to protect their health and safety?
If you are required to follow the NESHAP guidelines, here are some of the regulations by the EPA that you need to know:
Spray booths used to refinish complete motor vehicles or mobile equipment must be fully enclosed and ventilated at negative pressure or up to 0.05 inches water gauge positive pressure for booths that have seals on all doors and other openings and an automatic pressure balancing system.
Spray booths used to coat miscellaneous parts or products or vehicle sub-assemblies must have a full roof, at least three complete walls or side curtains, and ventilated so that air is drawn into the booth.
Spray-applied coatings must be applied with a high-volume, low pressure (HVLP) spray gun, electrostatic application, airless or air-assisted airless spray gun, or an equivalent technology.
Paint spray gun cleaning must be done so that an atomized mist or spray of the cleaning solvent is not created outside a container that collects used gun cleaning solvent.
Train and certify all personnel who spray apply surface coatings no later than 180 days after hiring.
Install/operate filter technologies on all spray booths to achieve at least 98% capture efficiency.
That last one, about the correct filtration, can be a bit tricky to understand if you’re not a “filter expert”. So, we consulted our filter experts about it and came up with the solution.
We can now provide you with a booth that has been designed for three- or two-stage NESHAP filtration. If it is two-stage, it means that your overspray will pass through 2 different filters before it is exhausted. If it is three-stage filtration, it will go through… you guessed it, three different filters. This is to ensure that the air is properly filtered of all contaminates before exhausted.
The booth will have a larger-than-normal fan to pull the air through multiple filters and there will be a “set” of different types of filters, based on your needs for compliance. The blanket filter pads, pocket filters, MERV 11 Filters and more are stacked to fit you needs. We choose filters with the efficiency you need to meet the 98% capture requirement.
We’re here to help you figure it out and get you setup to be successful, compliant, and safe. We don’t want Erin Brockovich coming after you next. Give us a call.
We have designed a heated downdraft full-sized paint booth. The downdraft paint booth supplies filtered air to the booth through the full-filtered ceiling, and exhaust the chemical-containing air through filters below the grating on the floor. The air is directed downward, and the paint vapors and overspray are carried downward. So, the toxins do not pass by the painter’s breathing zone. This design is built for a pitted exhaust system. Although we provide the grating and the floor filters, we do not include the installation of the actual pit.
Since this booth is heated, the intake air is passes over the Sure-Cure direct-fired air make up unit (AMU) before it is pushed down through a full-plenum filtered ceiling.
We provide the booth, the Sure-Cure air makeup unit, the floor grates and filters for your downdraft paint booth. We are the manufacturer and can customize your booth to fit your needs. So, if you want to add lights, have double drive-thru doors or make your booth taller, just give us a call for a custom-designed booth. Continue reading NEW! Heated Full Downdraft Booth.
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