It’s terribly frustrating when you are doing your utmost to get a good paint job- investing in the best paint booth you can afford, preparing your goods properly- and then still find you have a gritty, grainy finish that looks unprofessional. Here’s some tips to help you clean the job up.
Simple fact is, even the best Paint Booths can get gritty and dusty. It’s not something wrong with the booth itself- it’s a sign of contamination. By instituting a proper schedule of cleanup and maintenance you can do away with a lot of the risk of this frustrating effect, and maintain a safe working environment for yourself or your employees, too.
Obviously, the logical place to start is by ensuring dust never gets in in the first place. When you have to open the door, be absolutely certain that the booth is on and running so the extractor fan can do its job. Make sure you never sand or smooth in the booth that it’s properly caulked and sealed and that traffic is kept limited in and out. Your painter’s suit needs to be lint free, and you need a proper head covering. More than that, you need to ensure the suit is stored in an area where it can’t get dusty. Lastly, make sure the object is pre0washed and prepared before introducing it to the booth.
Make sure you’re using an adequate filter, too. Cheap and incorrect filters are just asking to mess up that satin smooth paint job. They can even cause inconsistent flow or air and turbulence patterns that will lead to streaking. Even the best filter won’t last forever, though, and you’ll need to routinely replace them to ensure that air flow isn’t interrupted. Clogged filters can also affect the airflow through the fans and lead to paint buildup.
Keeping a regular cleaning schedule will work wonders, too. No matter how good the booth, there will eventually be some overspray accumulation. If you institute a schedule of regular cleaning with mop and appropriate solvent, your will get better results, catch and corners that may have been missed and ensure a clean working spaces. Some industrial units choose to vacum out their paint booths, but do be aware that there’s a not insignificant risk of igniting flammable substances when using this method. Using a pressure sprayer to clean is generally a better idea.
Don’t neglect the accessories, either. It’s possible for paint spray and buildup to occur in all the parts of the booth. You want to make certain you are also cleaning the features such as the guns and nozzles and air hoses [which should also be evaluated for leaks] regularly. The exhaust ports are a vital part of the booth, too, and need to be cleared out at least annually. Ducts, fan and exhaust port all need a thorough evaluation
Lastly, do keep in mind that moisture in the wrong places can be as damaging as dust. The compressed air systems that your booth uses rely on air that will contain moisture. Watch out for patches of condensation, and keep your system maintained and reliable.
With a little extra effort, you can save a lot of heartache and get the paint results you’ve always wanted.