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Buying a paint booth is easy … sort of.

Have you ever made a big purchase to find out details later that you wish you knew before?

Let us help you out. Here are some things to think about before you buy your paint booth:

IMG_4052Buy from an established company. Know who you’re doing business with. When you buy from a company that has been around a while, chances are that they will be around a while yet to come. Know their story. That will help when you need warranty or replacement parts in the future. Make sure you’re dealing with the manufacturer of the booth and not an installer, distributor of a foreign product or a reseller of a product. When you work directly with the manufacturer, you are talking to the folks who are making your booth, so you know you can customize your booth to fit your needs. Work with the experts in paint booths.

Buy a booth now that you can grow into later. Like buying a house, you’ll need to make sure this booth will fit your growing needs in the coming years. It can be very costly or nearly impossible to enlarge certain booths later.

Will it ever need to be heated? The great thing about our booths is you can choose to add a Sure-Cure Air Makeup Unit later to add heat, and the ability to cure quickly, to your booth. However, you will need to have a booth that can be heated. It is also for a smaller shop that needs to provide additional air to use a booth in their shop. Read our blog to see what an air makeup unit is.

LED Booth 12What are your power requirements? Yup, we will need to know how your space is wired so we know how to build the electrical components of your paint booth. Is is single-phase or three-phase?

Additional Needs. Will there be additional needs for your booth? Do you need Ductwork packages for exhaust? Our Control panels make turning your booth on an off (Lights and Fans) super easy. Our sales experts can assist you in determining what you need to start spraying fast!

Buying upgrades during the initial purchase process is best. The booth will be designed for those upgrades. Some upgrades are not possible after the booth is shipped, like powder coating the panels or adding the ETL certification. ETL may be required where you live… it’s best to find out all local requirements prior to making the purchase so you can make sure you buy a booth that will pass inspection. An ETL package makes the permitting and insuring processes much easier. A quicker start-up means that you can start painting earlier.

IMG_2834Fire Suppression will include additional costs. We offer fire suppression as a convenience for you as we can offer a better cost with our buying volume. You can certainly order a fire suppression system on your own if you choose. We sell you the system and the labor through a fire suppression company. Once the local installer comes out to view your space, they also check to see how much pipe and fitting you will need and will sell you that material directly. The Fire Suppression fee also does not include local permits needed, and those fees vary based on where you live.

Installation. How are you going to get your booth up? Buying a booth that you can install yourself can save a great deal of money and headaches.

Standard Tools and Equipment designs their booths to be put together by the end-user. It does take a few guys a few days, but can save you thousands of dollars. If you would rather have it installed, we have a national installer program and can recommend one for you. Regardless of how your booth is assembled, you will have to hire professional contractors for electrical and your fire systems will need to be installed by an installer through the fire suppression company.

Once you have done all the leg-work and know what your needs are, ordering a booth is easy!  Want to know more? Please visit our website www.paint-booths.com or even better…. call our sales team at 800-451-2425 to find out how we can help you get the booth you need!

TOP 10 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE ORDERING YOUR PAINT BOOTH.

When looking to buy a paint booth, there are a lot of factors to consider. It may seem overwhelming, but we’re here to help! Here’s our top ten things to consider when buying a paint booth. Considering these things will help you to determine what booth is right for you and will save you a lot of money and heartache by considering them BEFORE you buy your booth.

1. What are the dimensions of the building? We need to know the dimensions of the space you plan to put the paint booth. How tall are the ceilings?

2. What type of booth you are interested in? We have different styles of paint booths. From open-faced booths to large and enclosed truck booths. We have different air flow styles as well, from cross flow and side-down draft or semi-down draft or down draft … if you have a type or style you’re looking for, be sure to let us know. If you don’t know what type or airflow style would work best for you, no problem… our sales folks can help you determine the best booth to meet your painting needs.

3. What phase and/or voltage run through your building? We need to know the kind of power you have so we can make sure that your paint booth and/or your air makeup unit is designed to work in conjunction with it. Did you know that the majority of the time you can contact your power company and they can give you this information if you are unsure?

Packaged booth additions4. Do you need ductwork? Do you know how much ductwork will you need? One of the reasons we need to know the height of your building is because we need to determine how much ductwork is needed from the top of your paint booth straight out of the roof, plus some! In most states it is required that there is 6’ of ductwork exhausting up from the roof.

5. Are you adding heat to your booth? There are several benefits to decide on a heated paint booth. Heat makes it a more comfortable environment in the winter, but that is not why the majority of our customers decide to add heat. Sometimes, there isn’t enough airflow in the business to provide for the booth. (Click here to see if that applies to you). When you have a Sure-Cure AMU, you are able to significantly increase your production. You are able to paint, cure and cool in less than an hour, making your new booth the hardest working part of your business!

6. Have you contacted your city to find out what is required in your city or in your state? It’s important that you know before you order your booth what is required from your city or in your state. Find out what permits you will need and if there are special requirements, like and ETL-listed booth that you have to comply with. For example, if you have to have an ETL-listed booth, but you order a non-ETL booth, you will either have to order a new booth (that we offer already with ETL) or you will have to pay big bucks to have someone come and certify it. To be absolutely safe, you can always request that a fire marshal come and do a walk-through to advise you what you need to consider prior to ordering your booth.

7. Does your state require you to have fire suppression? It is extremely important to know the answer to this question so you can properly plan. Call your local authorities and get informed. We offer Fire Suppression systems from PyroChem or you may be able to provide a sprinkler system.

STE_SD1000WC8. Do you want your booth powered-coated booth? Not only will your booth be a lot brighter, but it will also stand out and have a professional look to it. See how our booths are powder-coated.

9. Get everything you need in one quick swoop. We offer light bulbs for all of the booth’s light fixtures, as well as the electrical wiring kits that your electrician will need to wire your booth. Get everything ordered and shipped to you to setup and start using your booth. Easily add a supply of intake or exhaust filters to your order so that when they need to be changed, you have them on hand.

10. What other features can I add to my booth? Is there something you want on your paint booth like drive-thru doors, a connected mixing booth or extra lights? One thing that Standard Tools and Equipment does well is our ability to produce custom paint booths. Our engineers can design a booth to fit your needs. If you want your booth taller, wider or brighter… just let us have the opportunity to design your booth for you.

Saving Money: Consider a Fire Suppression System Before Buying a Paint Booth

We want you to know that you can save time & money by considering the purchase of a fire suppression system with the purchase of one of our stock booths!

When you build a house, it’s best to get a great contractor to ensure that during the building process, all permits and components are in-line with local regulations or you’ll end up with a beautiful house that you can’t live in.  Taking a “shortcut” may save you in the short run, but it will end up costing you more money and trouble. There are things in life, where it is easier and wiser to go ahead and do something right the first time, when you have the opportunity. It starts with doing your homework.

Monarch screen grabBefore you call to order your booth, we strongly recommend that you check with your local authorities on what is needed to make it legal for use. Imagine all the time, effort and money you would waste if you bought a booth, had it installed and then learned you couldn’t use it! We wish we could let you know your local requirements, but they vary by city. To get the most accurate information, contact your local building inspector and/or fire marshal for this information.

Paint Booth Fire Suppression systems have become a necessity to several industries using paint booths and are often required to limit the damage and loss to equipment in the case of a fire by monitoring your booth 24-hours a day.  We offer a dry chemical system manufactured by Pyro-Chem. Watch this video on the Monarch system by Pyro-Chem.

We work closely with Pyro-Chem to acquire the best possible price for the system and for the installation by a licensed installer.

We do want to let you know that not everything is included in the price of the fire suppression system. You may be responsible for some additional installation charges that are not included on our quote.

The system includes:

  • Dry Chemical cylinders
  • Control heads
  • Nozzles
  • Fusible links/detectors
  • Pulleys/tees
  • Wire rope and alarm bells based on the size booth purchased.

The standard installation cost does not include:

  • Chemical distribution pipe, conduit for electrical and detection, and miscellaneous parts needed to connect pipe or conduit (These materials vary depending upon the size and location of the installed booth).
  • Permitting costs
  • Electrical or alarm connections to the system for shut down and alarm purposes (this must be completed by a certified electrician or alarm company).
  • Remote locations may incur additional installation travel fees.
  • Final test fees for certification (when applicable).

We would be happy to provide you with your local installer contact information upon request.

Monitor & protect your booth 24-hours a day

For anyone who has ever visited our blog, you have already seen a lot of posts about safety. It’s something we take very seriously in the business we’re in…. and we’re hoping you do too.

We KNOW just how dangerous mixing rooms and commercial paint spray booths can be! They comprise of highly flammable liquids, which creates an environment where fire is always a threat. Fumes accumulate, chemicals leak or spill…. if any ignition source is introduced it becomes a potentially devastating combination.

When a fire occurs, systems must be instantaneously shut off and alarms and other electrical devices must be activated in order to save as much property and lives as possible. This type of explosion doesn’t always happen during usage, when someone is there to shut it off manually. What would you do if this happened in the middle of the night? Would you find your shop burned to the ground in the morning?

That’s where a fire suppression system becomes an important component of a spray booth system. (In many cases, this type of system is mandated by local municipalities, and must be installed in your spray booth.)

monarch1Generally, a paint booth fire suppression system includes dry chemical tanks that are discharged when heat-sensitive fuses are broken. In the event if a fire, when any one of the fuses break, tensioned cables are released which punctures a C02 canister, thus releasing a chemical fire retardant through nozzles positioned throughout the paint booth and sometimes parts of the exhaust stack. A manual trigger, located at the personnel entrance to the spray booth, allows a user to trigger the system from outside the booth. Other electrical components of the spray booth system may be deactivated when the system is triggered, such as the fan or AMU. The best part, fire suppression systems monitors your paint booth 24-hours a day.

Our fire suppression system, the Pyro-Chem Monarch, is available on any booth we manufacturer (that’s all of them!). Check out this video that does a much better job explaining the system. We encourage that you ask us about adding one of these systems to your booth today!

YouTube video: http://youtu.be/8ZpzKNLnhJ0

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