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Please Don’t Crate My Paint Booth.

When you order a paint booth from Standard Tools and Equipment, it’s important that the booth gets to you in great condition. With our booths being shipped, using a third-party provider, it can be transferred from terminal to terminal until it reaches your door. Once it’s out of our hands, it’s hard to know what can happen along the way. This is why we take extra measures to ensure your booth gets to you safely and in great condition.

The most important step in preparing a booth for shipment is to create a crate for it to ship in. Have you ever stopped to think what can happen if your products are shipped without protection? Crating helps pieces remain together and provides protection from damage. It protects small parts from being misplaced and/or glass from breaking while in transit.Packed Paint Booth parts in a shipping crate

Loading our crates is a specialty that our loaders have down pat. Like a puzzle, they load them in tight to prevent shifting. Crating is vital in this industry and any company that will ship your booth to you un-packaged is risking your booth’s quality. Crating should not be an option, and at Standard Tools… we hope you understand why it’s not an option, it’s the only way we’ll ship your paint booth to you.

When you order a powder-coated paint booth, we actually wrap each individual panel to protect it’s finish from scrapes and scratches.

So, now you know, when you see that “crating” charge on your quote… it’s to ensure that your booth arrives undamaged. If it’s damaged in transit…. make sure that you let us know as soon as possible so we can walk you through the process of filing a claim with the shipping company. (888-312-7488).

 

Here are some photos of a booth that is not crated and the damage it causes. This is why it’s not optional, and shouldn’t be optional from any manufacturer.

Powder coating offers brilliant white booths!

Powder coating is the fastest growing finishing technology in North America, representing over 10% of all industrial finishing applications. So what is a Powder Coated Finish?

Have you ever seen a really shiny and clean metal piece and wondered what type of paint it was? It was probably a powder coated finish, which is an advanced method of applying a protective finish to practically any type of metal. It’s a sprayed powder that is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin. Once sprayed, the item is ‘baked’ at a very high temperature to cure the smooth finish and leave it with a sleek and durable ‘skin’. Here’s an old filing cabinet that we powder coated yellow.

Powder Coated Finish: The Powder Coating process provides one of the most economical, longest lasting, and most color-durable finishes available for metal. Powder coated surfaces are more resistant to weather, chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than other finishes. Powder coatings produce no drips, runs or sags. Edge coverage and coverage inside holes and nooks is exceptional. See the process from our Powder Coating production on this new blog. Continue reading Powder coating offers brilliant white booths!

MANIFOLDING SPRAY BOOTH DUCTWORK AND IMPROPER AIRFLOW

Spray booth exhaust ductwork

In this photo, an installer has chosen to manifold three spray booth exhaust duct runs. (A manifold is a pipe or chamber branching into several openings.)

This layout probably looked great on paper and reduced the number of roof penetrations from three to just one.

Reality is such as nasty teacher.   The static pressure (resistance to the flow of air) was greater in the top portion of the ductwork than in the spray booths.  The ductwork downstream from the manifold point (above the joints) should be much larger than what is in the photo.   The air ventilated out of one booth actually flows into its neighbor.

Our booths are designed to meet specific airflow needs and we design them with ductwork. The spray booths in the photo were designed to have individual exhaust ductwork runs; they were not installed according to the design or instructions provided by Standard Tools.

Manifolding of exhaust ductwork is allowed by NFPA-33 only if devices exist in the ductwork that detect improper airflow.  The static pressure within the spray booth will change as the overspray builds up in the exhaust filters and as the obstruction within the booth changes (based on size and shape of parts in the spray booth).  This can be very technical and overly-complex.  The simple rule, and what Standard Tools recommends, is no manifolding of exhaust ductwork.  Keeping ductwork simple is the least expensive and best performing strategy in the long run. We suggest that you install your booth, and your ductwork, according to our recommendations to ensure proper airflow within your booth.

Baby Its Cold Outside!! — Air Makeup Units

A favorite song of the winter holidays is ‘Baby, Its Cold Outside’.  The crooners of the 1960s like Dean Martin, Andy Williams and Ann-Margret make this a fun song to hear.  The fellow in this song reminds his girl of all of the problems of a cold winter night as she keeps trying to talk herself into leaving.

As we are bracing for this “Arctic Blast” about to hit us on the East Coast, we’re thinking of all those painters that have to open the building doors when the spray booth is used … and Baby, Its Cold Inside Too!!

At Standard Tools, we make heated air makeup units that can be added to your current system.  Spray booths with intake plenums (or intake canopies) can be directly ducted to our Sure-Cure AMU system. Cross-flow or open-face booths can be supplied with Sure-Cure AMU systems designed to put heated air right into the building.

  • The Sure-Cure direct-gas-fired units can be heated with liquid propane or natural gas.
  • The units are ETL-listed to USA and Canadian safety standards and are designed to provide tempered air (for spraying) and up to 160-F for curing.
  • When ordering your unit, there are many options about power, layout and orientation.
  • Systems are available from 10,000 cfm to 26,000 cfm.
  • We offer ducting components and wiring harnesses.

The best part is that your unit can be built to your specifications and ready to ship to your facility in just a few weeks.

Stop opening the building doors to bring in the freezing air.  OSHA requires a permanent spray area to be at least 65-F.  Most coatings do not work well at colder temperatures, which can lead to poor quality and poor productivity.

Visit our website or call our Sales team for more information.

DO YOU NEED THE ETL LISTING FOR YOUR SPRAY BOOTH?

Standard Tool and Equipment LogoStandard Tools and Equipment Co designs and manufacturers spray booths and mixing rooms to comply with NFPA-33, the top-level safety code in the USA for spray application of flammable or combustible materials.  We are in compliance with these codes, which means that as the supplier, we feel that we meet the code. Being compliant is not always enough, as some authorities require certification by a third-party to confirm compliance. That’s where Intertek/ETL comes in. As a nationally recognized third-party certification organization, they have tested and certified our most popular spray booth and mixing room models.

We offer an upgrade package on our most popular spray booths and mixing rooms.  This package includes our ETL-listed electrical control panel, an air valve solenoid to interlock the fan motor and spray equipment and the ETL label for the booth.

ETL LogoSo, do you need the ETL listing?

  • Maybe, if the spray booth is to be located in a large city
  • Probably, if the spray booth is to be located in NY, MA, CT, RI, MN, CA, OR or WA
  • Probably, if the spray booth is part of a government facility like a school or a military base
  • Definitely, if the spray booth is located in New York City or any of its boroughs
  • Definitely, if your local authority says that it is required – You should contact your local fire and building authority as early as possible in the process of buying a new spray booth

How can you acquire the ETL listing?

  • Buy it with the spray booth.  Standard Tools is allowed by Intertek/ETL to apply the certification mark to the booth only prior to the spray booth shipping from our dock.
  • If the booth is already installed, you can contact our engineering team and we will provide contact information for Intertek.  Intertek will have to visit your shop to inspect the spray booth and apply the certification mark.  On-site certification is usually three to ten times more expensive than buying the ETL mark with the spray booth. Other on-site certifiers are UL and MET.

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

There is a band on the radio called Switchfoot that has a song out called “Dare You To Move”. Besides being a great song, I love the challenge that is set forth in the lyrics. I was listening to it this week and a quote that I put to memory came flooding into my head.

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”.

As I reflected on the song lyrics and this quote, I began to wonder how many of our customers go through tension and stress when there is change that needs to happen.

Tough business decisions and life decisions are not easy to make, to change. And they often leave us with more questions.  How do I grow my business? What needs to change to get me to the next level? Should I hire more people? Should I add on to the building? Should I move to a new location and start over? Should I invest in this piece or that piece of equipment to make things more efficient?

If you are in that situation right now in your business, let me bring a word of encouragement to you. We are all made for so much more than ordinary lives. Dream big, plan ahead, count the costs and move ahead with courage.

The team here at Standard Tools and Equipment has been there– we’re a business too!  We have helped thousands of businesses get the equipment they need to grow and expand their business while keeping them on budget. We want to help you in your growth and decisions about the future. Our knowledgeable sales and engineering staff can help you budget for new equipment purchases. We can design a spray booth to fit that budget and fit into your new or existing shop space. Let us help take away some of the fear of the unknown by giving us a call or sending us an email.

We welcome the opportunity to partner with you in your dreams for bigger and better things.

Kelly Goudy, Paint Booth Sales

A little paint booth business mixed with pleasure in Williams, Arizona

Williams, AZActually it was “business” by accident, or by fate, however you wish to look at it. Not really business, as I wasn’t selling anything.

Kelly in Williams, AzI have been with Standard Tools and Equipment Company for over 22 years now. It is a blurred line between business and passion… as my business is my passion. Working and traveling with the company over the years has been fun and I have had the privilege to see places I probably never would have on my own. I had never really spent any time out west, other than some trade shows in Vegas. So, when my son was chosen as a summer intern at a camp in Williams, Arizona, it gave me the perfect excuse to “Go West” with my wife for vacation this year.

The city of Williams, Arizona is known as “The Gateway to the Grand Canyon”. It is a small town on the Historic Route 66, only 2-1/2 hour drive from Phoenix. Williams was the last town on Historic Route 66 to be bypassed by Interstate 40. The community, bypassed on Oct. 13, 1984, continues to thrive on tourism. The Historic Downtown District covers six square blocks and boasts a rich heritage that features the Old West and Route 66 coupled with tourism trends today and the town’s heyday years of the ’50s and ’60s.

On our first day in Williams, we decided to go for a walk through town. We were walking down Main Street (Route 66) and we passed Custom Designs Autobody. The big garage door was wide open… I couldn’t help myself. I peeked my head inside to see the equipment they were using (as we say in NC, you can take the boy out of Standard Tools, but you can’t take Standard Tools out of the boy). The body man in the shop was working in a paint booth and we chatted a few minutes. I would know one anywhere, a CF-1000 Cross Flow Paint Booth from Standard Tools bought in 2002.  12-years-old and they still use their booth every day!

CF 1000 paint booth in Williams, Arizona
CF 1000 Paint Booth in Williams, Arizona from 2002!

CF 1000 paint booth from the sideAs an online retailer of paint booths and other related products, I often don’t get to see the equipment I sell, all set up and being used. We love it when customers send us pictures of their booth after install, or when they are using it… but mostly they are too busy painting to send photos on. I am never surprised to hear where the next booth is being shipped. We have them all over the world. I wish I could travel to see every single one of them…. oh, the places I would see.

We continued our vacation to the west coast, driving down the Pacific Coast Highway for a week. Because of this little business & pleasure encounter though, I couldn’t help but look for all the body shops along the way….hoping to see through an open garage door and catch of glimpse of one more of the thousands of booths we have sold across America over the last 17 years.

I have included a few pictures that I took that day and a few more from the Grand Canyon itself although pictures can never capture the magnificence of seeing it with your own eyes.

Kelly Goudy

Grand Canyon 3

Grand Canyon 2

PAINT BOOTH PRICE — JUST TELL ME!!!

price tag Do you ever get frustrated when you go online to look for something you need and find it … BUT there are no prices shown? It automatically makes me think that it is above my price range.

It must be a lot if they aren’t willing to post the price, right?”

Sure, you can get all the details, specs, color choices … except … how much you will pay. In today’s times, price is a driving factor in major purchases. What is the Paint Booth Price? That’s why we post our prices online, for you to see what you’re getting, and for how much. There are no hidden costs or crazy upcharges either. The Paint Booth Price is what is listed.

Unfortunately, this happens a lot in the paint booth industry because of the many factors that go into designing your booth. It’s like selecting a new car… there are a lot of options that affect the price. Leather seats? Heated seats? 2WD or 4WD? Sunroof? Media Player? Navigation? Spoiler? Companies, like a car salesman, think if they can talk to you, they can sell you the options or add-ons that you may or may not need. Isn’t that what we all fear, being “sold to”?

SO WHAT GOES INTO PRICING A PAINT SPRAY BOOTH?

What type of booth do you need? Do you want to have it heated with an Air Makeup Unit? Do you need it ETL certified? Woops, have you thought about fire suppression? Do you want it powder coated? Want to add some extra lights or some additional height?

The type of airflow and optional features you choose for your paint booth will heavily impact the price you can expect to pay. However, even with all of these optional add-ons and selective features…  You can still expect to see our prices, right there on our site

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HOW DO WE SELL OUR PAINT BOOTHS?

We approach every customer wanting to gain an understanding of your business. We start by asking, “What are you painting?” This is important to us because in order to send you the perfect booth, we want to know what your needs are and what you are hoping to accomplish with your new booth. This may seem like a silly question, but we have sold over 10,000 booths to ALL industries. We sell to car painters, industrial applications and to other manufacturers (of all sorts of products)! You’d be amazed at where you would find our booths. With each application, there is a booth to fit.

An impressive half of all the booths we ship out are customized, meaning that something was tweaked or added or taken off. This is because we want to develop the perfect booth for you, period. That may mean an extra light or a drive-thru booth. Whatever it is, if we can imagine it, we can design it and we can make it. With an in-house engineering department, we have the ability to quickly and easily design a custom booth and get it into production fast. (Delivery in just two weeks or less in most cases!)

We do offer guidelines for choosing your booth, but these are only guidelines – factors like your location, environmental concerns, local codes and installation will impact your total investment.

We pride ourselves in manufacturing quality booths as an affordable option for all industries. Your basic open front booths (our OFB line) can cost as little as $2,599. Enclosed finishing booths (our EFB line) cost a bit more, from $4,599 to $10,000+. We also offer very large booths – for big trucks, heavy equipment or large machinery finishing – ranging between $20,000.00 and $40,000.

Heated air makeup units can double your productivity, as well as the cost of your booth, adding upwards of $15.000.

To mimic Cuba Gooding Jr. in ‘Jerry Maguire’, “Show me the money!!!!” If you are like me, you just want to stand up sometimes when shopping online and scream… “Show me the pricing!!!!”  Well, just visit www.paint-booths.com and see the pricing.

When you’re ready, with questions, feel free to give us a call and be prepared to answer, “What are you painting?”

Paint Booth Customer Spotlight: XP Climate Control

XP Climate ControlWhen you talk to as many people as I do on a daily basis in the sale of paint booths and heated air make up units (AMU), you soon realize that there is a vast array of companies that need and use this type of equipment. We started in the auto body market and quickly grew into many different areas, keeping our business fresh and exciting.

 

Last Spring,XP Climate Control worker in mask I got a call from a business owner in Boone, NC. Located just a couple hours from our home office. As I always do, I start with “What are you painting?” I talked to him about his business, his needs, his budget and what they do as a company. Our customers span across all industries and are located all over the world. Getting to know who they are and what they do is the most interesting part of my job and it helps me to best help in their search for a booth or AMU.

Will, of XP Climate Control was a great customer to deal with and we were able to quickly get him a booth that fit his needs and his space. We also did this at a price that fit his budget; after all … he is a small business owner. He went with a customized MSFB. Continue reading Paint Booth Customer Spotlight: XP Climate Control

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