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Spray Booth Decisions - New Shop1/22
I am looking for your input on booths. My new shop space is under construction and will be just short of 6k SF, of which 1200 will be partitioned from the woodworking area entirely. The 1200 SF will be configured 25'x50' with 16' tall ceilings and an overhead door and entrance door on one of the 25' walls. The plan at this time is to heat this area with overhead radiant tube. A make up air unit will also be in the mix and I will work that out with which ever booth company I end up purchasing from.
I have been looking at the "prep station'' type booths that offer the semi downdraft set up with curtains on 3 sides. I'm familiar with this type only because one of my painters I outsource long parts to has one. I have been looking at models that would fit on the other 25' wall. Overall working area with the enclosure averages 24' long x 12' deep. The exhaust plenum takes up another 3' pushing the unit to around 15'-16' off of the wall. I am wanting a larger booth so I can have the room to shoot my longer moldings, tall panels, full sheets, etc. Just more room in general.
I'm still trying to decide on an efficient set up on the remaining 35ish foot of floor space for a drying area, sanding operations, and a bench for my pumps with what is left. If your current space is approximately this size, I would like to know what you love/hate about your setup.
I am a cabinet builder and really enjoy the finishing side of it as well. I will still outsource my overflow, but having the booth will allow me the option to possibly add a full time finisher and potentially pick up some pre-finishing business that is available in my area. I average 2-3 full kitchens and a number of smaller cabinet projects (that I need to finish) a month. The booth/finish area would be busy, but not over the top. I do not see that increasing much, but if it did, my current finisher is close by.
Are any of you guys using the curtain side booths? Thoughts about them?
I will be leasing the space initially, but the owner is planning to condo them in the near future so I am planning to buy it. We are discussing getting that on paper in the short term. With that being said, and the fact that the build is just now being framed (no floor yet), should I consider a downdraft? Being able to purchase the place would be key for me, because you obviously can't move it!
Should a tunnel (cross flow) with doors be considered?
Thoughts in general about what I've described?
I have been looking at Global Finishing Solutions out of Wisconsin and MTek spray booths in California. Thoughts on either of those two? Another brand to consider?
I currently have a small 6' open face, and it works well enough for doors and small parts, but I really want/need to upgrade my set up.
Thanks in advance!
I am in about the same exact situation. Would like to go with the curtain booth to get multi use out of our limited shop floor space. I have looked at the colmet limited finishing stations, they only pull 4000 cfm through im not sure if this would be enough. I would also appreciate any input from someone using this setup.
what state are you in?
I would go with an enclosed automotive type booth. best way to get a controlled environment.
another useful tool for booth set up
I had a prep station booth in my last shop and overall I liked it. Same size as you are talking about.
The curtain walls made it more versatile, and when I sprayed waterborne finishes I could get away with using the recirculating mode and not lose my heat to the outdoors in the winter.
For solvent finishes the recirculating mode did not remove enough odor even though we had charcoal filters in place.
As I recall, the prep booths are rated for small quantities of paint or varnish being sprayed, can't remember if that was based on using it in the recirculating mode however.