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Four Main Types of Spray Paint Booths for Industrial Use

When thinking of a paint booth installation in your shop, make sure to consider not only your current needs, but also your plans for expansion. Of course, this is largely dependent on your knowledge of the four key types of spray paint booths in the automotive market, especially when it comes to the advantages they bring in terms of performance and airflow.

One popular type of industrial paint booth that you can consider is the crossdraft for truck and equipment. This one allows air to flow directly across the vehicle and is the cheapest way to meet codes for a facility.

One advantage of a crossdraft is that the booth breathes from the front instead of through the ceiling, which means the paint booth cabin doesn’t need the upper plenum that other paint booth types require. This means as well that a crossdraft takes the least materials to make, so the cost should also be the lowest from the same manufacturer, such as Marathon Spray Booths.

And because a crossdraft needs no concrete work to function like a downdraft pit does, the cost goes even lower. Crossdraft paint spray paint booths can be installed on any existing floor you may have.

Just like a crossdraft paint booth, a semi-downdraft paint booth also has its exhaust achieved from the rear of the workspace. But the difference is that air will be coming from a small portion of the ceiling at the front of the booth. As a result, a draft pattern will be directed at a diagonal from the filtered area to the rear of the booth at the exhaust point.

Side-draft or side-downdraft spray paint booths introduce air through the ceiling and push it out through the sidewalls. The ceiling will be totally filtered, with most of the booth’s walls filtered for exhaust.

One thing you will like about side-draft paint paint booths is how they make a smoother and more even pattern of airflow on the painted object and keep contaminants and overspray out of the finish. And with side-drifts not requiring any concrete work, you will be able to save cash with them.

Lastly, with a downdraft booth, you have a draft pattern that goes from the ceiling directly to the floor. This will require a concrete pit or it could also be raised on steel basement with the use of drive-up ramps.

A downdraft paint booth offers a huge advantage when it comes to cleanliness. Air is pulled around the painted object and released from underneath. These spray paint booths pull overspray and contaminants down, regardless of where the painter is spraying. Finishes come out cleaner, and you can save money because there’s little need for buffing and corrections once the finish has dried.