Ensure a Clean Paint Booth for Painting
Booths are important to ensure two things operator safety and environmental cleanliness. Today we will cover how to maximize a booths cleanliness for painting and to do so there are four important factors to consider.
Booth placement – If you are given the responsibility of laying out a facility or are considering adding painting to your facility it is important to consider the placement of your spray booth. Ideally, your booth is isolated or at least far away from sources of potential product contamination. Some typical places where contamination occurs is having the painting area too close to sanding, machining, sandblasting, or any other activity that creates dust, metal shreds, or other contaminants.
Booth Style – Booth cleanliness is also a matter of the type of booth. The biggest advantage to booth cleanliness comes when you add air make up capabilities to a booth. This prevents you from bringing shop air in for your booths operation. By not introducing shop air you prevent any dust or contaminants from being pulled into your booth by the exhaust fan.
Booth Accessories – If you do have a booth that uses shop air it is important to utilize high quality intake filters. By using a quality filter you will prevent more dust from entering than if you use a budget intake filter. A quality filter will have a sticky tac as a final preventive measure against dirt.
Operator technique – If their are filtered doors on your booth but the operator doesn’t keep them closed during spraying then the benefit of the filter doors is eliminated. Similarly, if the operator doesn’t cognizantly try to control booth traffic to a minimum having to many people in and out of the booth can result in excess dirt in the booth and eventually your finish.
By thinking and improving these four areas of booth operation you can increase your chances of having a top quality finish.