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Get the Right Light In Your Booth

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.  ~Aaron Rose

SDD WHITE INSIDEDon’t let insufficient lighting get in your way to creating the perfect paint job in your booth. We’ll make sure you have the correct lighting to create a shadow-free painting environment! Here’s how …

If you decide before you order your booth that you want more light than average, then your booth can be manufactured with the desired number of light fixtures. Our team at Standard Tools designs booths and mix rooms with sufficient lighting, but adding more lights is a simple modification.

If you decided you need more light and your booth already exists, try these methods:

  1. Change to a brighter bulb or one that contrasts to the materials being sprayed.
  2. Apply a layer of booth coat to the inside of the spray booth walls.   Different gloss levels are available and can be ordered from us.
  3. Add a light fixture.  The standard outside-access light must be at least 36” from a booth opening (door) and requires a light frame.  The inside-access lights can be placed anywhere and mount through a 15.5”x50.5” hole that can be cut into most panels. We can help you place an order for an extra light fixture.

Contact us with any questions or if you would like us to assist in getting you more light! 1-888-312-7488.

How to Build a Paint Booth

homemade boothFor around $200 in materials, anyone with some basic construction skills can create a paint booth. Isn’t that scary? There are hundreds of sites and discussion boards online giving tips on how to build a homemade paint booth, and no two are the same. When looking into building your own homemade paint booth, just whom are you getting advice from? Do they know anything about the proper flow, safety, and design of a paint booth or are they just really crafty?

There are really only two methods: one too common & one correct.

All too common:

DIYer heads to their local big-box store to buy supplies (plywood, 2x4s, nails, any type of light fixtures, two HVAC fans, HVAC filters and some vinyl sheet for ductwork.)  DIYer cleans out a corner in the shop or garage and builds a booth. No worries about airflow, adequate filtration, egress or other such nonsense.  It may require a couple of attempts to get this part of the project just right.  Once complete, DIYer brags to their buddies about how inexpensive this project really was.  Once painting starts, DIYer leaves a door cracked for ventilation, leaving a high potential for an explosion or a fire. Overspray coats the item (due to poor air flow), the items around the booth (due to poor containment) and the items outside the shop (due to poor filtration).  DIYer dials 911 when the paint-soaked plywood ignites.

 

Correctly Install a Paint BoothSDD WHITE INSIDE

Price comparisons often keep hobbyists from exploring other options and considerations. It is possible to buy a pre-engineered spray booth manufactured in a high-quality shop and based on a proven design.  The booth comes with detailed installation, operation and maintenance manuals as well as experienced professionals available to answer any concerns.  Contractors come on-site to complete the booth’s electrical, fire and ducting systems to ensure the highest safety.  Once a permit-of-occupancy is obtained from your local permitting authorities, you can enjoy the quality and productivity that your new spray booth provides for many years. [Plus, you can get extra work from the first guy after his fire.]

CONVERT YOUR SPRAY BOOTH TO A POWDER COAT BOOTH

DSC_0066Here’s the dilemma. You have a paint spray booth but the cost of painting is too expensive. Higher cost per square foot of coverage, higher labor costs and higher waste management costs.

 

Do you want to switch to the more cost-effective and durable powder coating finish? Why wouldn’t you? It’s easier to apply, applies in one coat and has a wider range of finishes. Problem is, booths should not be used for both finishes and you can’t afford a whole new booth specifically designed for powder coating.

 

Although a new powder coat booth is the ideal, we understand sometimes you’ve got to use what you have. Here’s how you can easily convert your spray booth into a powder coat booth.

·         Change your filter panels from dry arrestors to two-stage filters.

·         Add an after-box to provide third-stage filtration and allow recirculation of exhausted air into the shop.

·         Change out your painting equipment (HVLP or similar spray guns) with powder specialized spray equipment that charges the powder during the feeding process to enhance coating.

Lucky for you, Standard Tools has worked with numerous booth owners who have made this change, and we have done this process in our own shop! We can offer all the items you need to convert your current booth into a powder-coating booth…. filter grids, filters, after-filter box and spray equipment.

 

Not sure if you should use powder coat?  It doesn’t work with every finish or every product being coated, but it may be a good answer for your coating process.  Call us to discuss your conversion needs.  Our Sales team will gladly provide pricing so that you can compare a new powder coat booth with converting the existing spray booth.

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.

 

Paint Booths in Military Aviation

Helicopter in Paint Booth

Did you know that Standard Tools and Equipment Co has been the paint booth suppler for several military operations?

I know what you might be thinking, “What would the military do with a paint booth?” Well, we supply very large paint booths for camouflage spray applications on helicopters, Humvees and other equipment. Now you’re thinking, “Ahhhh….”.

With so many paint booth manufacturers based outside the USA, we are proud to be in North Carolina!  It is truly an honor to be trusted to provide top-notch equipment to support our nation’s mission overseas.  We have booths on military bases all over the country and the world.

Enjoy these photos from an undisclosed location! How cool are these behind-the-scenes shots?!

Large Equipment Paint spray Booths

Desert Camo in Process

Helicopter Prepped for Painting

Helicopter paint booth prep

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.

Using a Paint Booth: Guide to a Perfect Paint Job

Paint cans with different colors of paintHave you ever painted something to have it turn out with a less-than-perfect finish? It can be frustrating to have to re-do something until it’s perfect.  Here are our reasons why a paint booth will give you a perfect paint job, every time.

Keep little pieces of dirt off your paint! If a job is sprayed in workshop conditions, dust can contaminate the paint. A paint booth can protect your project from dirt, dust, dry patches, and runs in the paint. Paint booths have exhaust systems and filters, which remove atomized spray from the air. This creates a clean and dust free environment. Continue reading Using a Paint Booth: Guide to a Perfect Paint Job

Paint Booths & Public Health

A shop with regulation paint booths and workers in paint safety gear.
Workers should wear the proper gear to protect their health

Many workers are unaware of chemicals that create potential hazards in their work environment, making themselves and others more vulnerable to exposure and injury. The purpose of paint booths is to control the environmental conditions while spraying the paint.

Paint booths use exhaust fans and specialized ventilation systems to remove the fumes after strong paints are applied, preventing anyone from inhaling them and becoming ill. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), currently regulates exposure to approximately 400 substances. Hazardous and toxic substances are defined as those chemicals present in the workplace which are capable of causing harm. In this definition, the term chemicals include dusts, mixtures, and common materials such as paints, fuels, and solvents. Continue reading Paint Booths & Public Health

Customizing Your Paint Booth

Ever wish you could have a manufacturer that would make you a product to fit your specific needs instead of trying to change your needs to fit their specific product? I wish this every time I go shopping for the perfect pair of jeans (“Just a little longer, a little tighter, a little looser….”)

Well, we can do that for you with your paint booth!

Need a paint booth but unsure what size or type of booth you need? Well, it really depends how you plan to use your paint booth, what will you be painting and how much space you have. Continue reading Customizing Your Paint Booth

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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