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Keep Your Paint Booth Safe: The Checklist

To keep your paint booth as safe as possible, there are some simple things you should do to maintain your booth and the safety of those who work in it. To make it easier to remember, try adding all of these items to your calendar based on how often it should occur.

 

  • Clean the booth! It’s no secret that to have a great paint job, you need to work in a clean booth!
    –  Sweep and/or mop the floors daily to keep dust off freshly painted surfaces.
    –  Clean the exhaust plenum by sweeping or vacuuming excessive material buildup.
    –  Sweep or vacuum the outside of the booth every year to remove dirt, dust and spider webs that can be sucked into the booth.

 

  • Clean Filters = Clean Air! Change exhaust filters when the manometer reads 0.5” above the initial differential reading. Note: Exhaust filters should be changed if the material about to be sprayed may react with the materials that have already been sprayed and still remain in the filter. Order your new filter kit now.

–  Change intake filters when they appear dirty or every 100 hours of booth usage.

 

  • Inspect elements of your booth. (You want to turn the power to your booth OFF first).

–  Every six months, you should check the fan belts for cracks and tension. Much like automotive belts, they can harden or glaze, and begin to slip.
–  Light fixtures should not have damaged glass or issues with the wire connections.
–  Ensure positive seals on doors, door latches, door hinges, floor sweeps and door gaskets every three months.
–  Check caulking between seams every three months and fill any gaps or cracks.
–  Inspect ductwork every three months for gaps or excessive buildup.

 

  • Maintain a tidy booth! It is critical that the area inside your booth, and the area surrounding your paint booth is as clean as possible. It needs to be free from excessive materials, especially flammable rags and paper products. It’s a good idea to have at least a 3′ perimeter around the booth in all directions that is clean and maintained.

 

  • Schedule semi-annual inspections on your fire suppression system by contacting your local fire suppression supplier.

 

  • Ongoing training for booth users about safety, cleanliness and incident management that includes fires, explosions, spills and fumes.

 

  • Maintain and replace spray equipment (guns, hoses, filters, dryers) and replace routinely.

 

  • Spray booths should contain no more than one shift of spray material and no materials that will react if mixed.

 

  • Mix rooms should contain less than 120 gallons of material.  Materials should be in covered containers.

 

  • Display signage near booth entrances that communicates no smoking, sparks or flames within 20-ft of the booth.

 

  • Contact the experienced team at Standard Tools and Equipment for more helpful tips and information about equipment involved in the finishing process. 1-888-312-7488.

 

Get Your Paint Booth Ready for 2013

John Mauney
Electrical Engineer
Standard Tools and Equipment Co.

DSC_0066‘Tis the season, as they say, for some family time and hopefully a little shop down time. While your booth is enjoying it’s vacation, now is the perfect time to do a once over and make sure you are properly maintaining your booth throughout the year. Here are a few things to check to prepare for the New Year!

Check all of your filters. This is especially important if you have a non-heated booth with a top canopy that has filters. If the filters are loaded and dirty, it puts more negative pressure on the door seals. We offer Filter Kits if you find yourself needing to replace yours.

Check your door seals on the product doors and the personnel door. If the door seals are gone, then air and dust are sucked in around the doors and on to the product resulting in that dirty word “BUFFING”. If they need to be replaced, you can find these seals at any hardware store. Just peel and stick.

 “If there’s a streak, there’s a leak”.  Check around the bottom of the booth, it should be caulked to the floor. This is very important if you use water in your booth for dust control. Water under the bottom channel will shorten the life of the booth due to rusting. Check around the light frames for a proper seal.

A little time with weather stripping, a caulking gun, and some new filters can save you big in the years to come.

Cleaning Your Paint Booth

If a paint booth is supposed to keep dust away from my project, why am I still seeing it?

Well the answer to this question may be an easy one. It may seem that the paint booth is not serving its purpose, but that may not be true. Most likely you have a dirty or poorly maintained booth.  Proper cleanup and maintenance is key for creating flawless finishes, and also provides a safe and competent working environment for painting. Continue reading Cleaning Your Paint Booth

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