Is It a Paint Booth or a Spray Booth?

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Is It a Paint Booth or a Spray Booth?

There is some confusion surrounding paint booths and spray booths. We’re here to settle this once and for all. Many people have asked, is it a paint booth or a spray booth? What’s the difference?

The simple answer is, a paint booth and a spray booth are one and the same. They are both used to get a paint job done, whether it’s with the spraying technique or not.

So, now that this has been cleared up, let’s get down to what really matters when finding the best spray/paint booth for your industrial business use.

As you dig deeper, you’ll notice that what matters is knowing the difference between the many types of paint booths and spray booths that exist. Why? This is what will help you to decide which one you will need to get a specific result for your business. Your selection is dependent on the size of the paint job among other things.

How Do They Differ?

There are several types of spray booths and paint booths. These include:

  1. Industrial
  2. Automotive
  3. Outdoor Paint booths
  4. Truck & RV

These types of booths are available in various forms and designs, which have their own unique functionalities. They include, but are not limited to, Open Front, Cross Flow, Semi Downdraft, Side Downdraft, and Pitted Downdraft.

What Are The Main Functions Of These Spray Booths/Paint Booths?

Industrial Spray Paint Booths

Industrial paint booths can include Open Front, Cross Flow, Semi Downdraft, Side Downdraft, etc. These kinds of paint booths are suitable for large manufacturing companies that need heavy-duty spray booths that are used for extended periods of time.

 

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Types of Industrial Paint Booths

- The industrial open front spray booth/paint booth is perfect for batch application. The air travels via the open space at the front of the booth and continues through the filter bank at the back of the spray booth. It captures the spray particulate and the remaining air is vented to the atmosphere.

- The industrial cross flow paint booth was developed to allow for a clean painting environment that ultimately produces a high quality finish. The clean environment is established by the addition of a filtered front product door that captures floating debris before it enters into the clean painting area.

- The industrial semi downdraft paint booth offers a ton of flexibility both in functionality and in cost. The semi-downdraft paint booth operates similar to a cross draft but with the clean air benefits of a downdraft. Similar to a downdraft, this paint booth can be purchased either pressurized or unpressurized.

- The industrial semi downdraft takes air from the upper level of the shop through a bank of filters in the ceiling of the paint booth and moves it to the back of the paint booth. It is then filtered through the exhaust system at the back of the booth and released back into the atmosphere.

Automotive Spray Paint Booths

An automotive spray booth/paint booth is essential for finishing touches in an automotive manufacturing company or auto body spray business. Consider a Cross Flow, Semi Downdraft, Side Downdraft or Downdraft paint booth when seeking auto paint booths for full body spray jobs or touch-ups.

Types of Automotive Paint Booths

- The automotive cross flow booth allows airflow to be pulled in through the front product doors, across the painter and parts being sprayed, and then exhausted through the filter in the back of the booth.

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The automotive semi downdraft paint booth takes air from the upper level of the shop through a bank of filters in the ceiling of the paint booth and moves it to the back of the paint booth. It is then filtered through the exhaust system at the back of the booth and released back into the atmosphere.

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The automotive semi downdraft paint booth takes air from the upper level of the shop through a bank of filters in the ceiling of the paint booth and moves it to the back of the paint booth. It is then filtered through the exhaust system at the back of the booth and released back into the atmosphere.

- The Side Downdraft paint spray booth is the painters choice booth. It provides the benefits of a full down draft without the cost of an expensive pit. The air is pulled through a set of filters in the ceiling of the booth. The clean filtered air is pulled down and away from the center through exhaust filters at the floor level along both sides of the booth. This helps to assure that the over spray is pulled away from the product and away from the painters as well.

- The most effective overall, downdraft paint spray booths are fully enclosed just like cross flow paint spray booths. However, incoming air is drawn through ceiling-mounted filters. There are several variations on the automotive downdraft spray paint booths design: some use pits below the floor to draw air straight down, while others use “semi-downdraft” or “side downdraft” designs that pull incoming air down and to the sides or back of the booth.  This particular unit is a “True Pitted Downdraft Paint Spray Booth”.

Outdoor Spray Paint Booth

For many companies, indoor space is limited and that is where a standalone outdoor blast booth might be your best solution.

With the outdoor spray booth/paint booth, air comes through a set of filters in the ceiling of the booth. Clean air is pulled away from the center through exhaust filters at the floor level along both sides of the booth. The air then comes through the exhaust plenums then into the atmosphere.

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Truck and RV Paint Booth

The Truck & RV spray booth/paint booth is best suited for doing as the name suggests; paint jobs on Trucks and RVs. Always look out for truck paint spray booths that are made to adhere to the highest quality & standards of fabrication. Most importantly, it might be best to ensure that you find Truck & Trailer Paint Booths that are also easy to assemble with everyday tools and will remain stable and sturdy during paint jobs.

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We hope that finding the best paint booths for your business has just got easier for you. Remember, each booth is equipped to carry out specific tasks. So, It’s up to you to know which one best suits your needs. If you are unsure, we will be more than happy to answer all your questions and point you in the right direction.

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Essentially, there are many types of spray booths/paint booths. They come in various heights, widths, and depths and are designed to facilitate a comfortable and safe work environment to get the job done efficiently. Whether you say spray booth or paint booth, Zpar International is here to help you find the right product for your business needs!