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Managing dust and fumes in a custom paint shop requires the right tools – simply opening a window isn't going to cut it. Not only will the right system keep down dust so your finished paint jobs look better, it also will keep your employees healthy. Read on to discover what you need to do to ensure proper ventilation.
The Basic Paint Booth
The type of paint booth you need depends on what you are painting. If you primarily paint smaller items, such as metal furnishing or even smaller pieces of metal artwork, then you need a smaller booth. There are even tabletop booths available for the smallest object. Car painting, of course, require a full-size booth that sits inside your warehouse. The point of the booth isn't just to keep down the overspray, it's also to make sure dust and dirt doesn't adhere to that new paint job.
Don't think you can simply set aside a room just for painting. Paint booths are made to house a duct systems that ensures it's a low-dust environment.
The ductwork, or ventilation system, uses a series of filters on both the intake and the exhaust. The intake filters prevent dust, excess moisture, and dirt from getting into the clean paint booth. The exhaust filters capture the fumes and chemicals in the air after painting.
A clamp together system, a Nordfab ducting product, works especially well since you can quickly configure it to fit your space. This can be especially helpful with smaller booths that are occasionally moved to new locations or different workshops.
Your painters also need the right gear when they are working in the paint shop. Paint is usually highly combustible, so it's important to make sure there are no open flames inside the booth. For example, if you paint cars, you won't turn on the engine and move the vehicle until the ventilation system has removed the fumes from the air. Solvents and paint thinners can also be a fire hazard, so these are not generally mixed or stored inside the paint booth.
Employees should be wearing a respirator or breathable air system at all times within the paint booth, since the air inside can be thick with fumes until the ventilation system finishes fume removal. Eye protection is also a must, to avoid irritation and eye damage. Employees should also check the filters before each paint booth session, to ensure they are not clogged. The frequency for changing the filters depends on the manufacturer and the application of the system, but it should be posted clearly on the paint booth.