Key considerations to select the right spray booth⁠

June 26, 2023

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to choosing the right spray booth, there are a few considerations.

A spraybooth provides a clean and dust-free environment away from contaminants generated by the rest of the collision repair facility. It offers the ability to control and evenly distribute the temperature to create an ideal environment for spraying and baking. A spray booth provides color-corrected lighting for color matching that is evenly distributed with the proper brightness.

Here are some of the key considerations when it comes to choosing the right spray booth:

  • Regulations:
    • What booth you choose may depend on provincial and local regulations, so be sure to check before getting a spray booth.
  • Lighting:
    • Lighting is very important in the booth, so high quality LEDs are going to be the best option. But in some situations, the technician may not want it to be at its brightest. Therefore, some booths offer the ability to adjust the lighting levels.
  • Airflow:
    • Suitable and adjustable airflow are important in a spray booth. And not only the amount of airflow but also how much is fresh outside air or recycled. With many current booths, the air flow and temperature can be set manually or automatically. This adjustability can speed up the cure times of high solid and waterborne materials.
  • Permanence:
    • If you need a temporary option, there are inflatable portable spray booths available as well. These may come in handy when your shop is too busy to get all work completed with your current set up. These booths can be put up and taken down in a matter of minutes. They have all the filtration you will need to do the job. But they may be lacking proper lighting and temperature control and may not be compliant with some state and local regulations.

These are just some of the considerations when it comes to choosing the correct spray booth for the repair facility. Learn best practices when it comes to electric and hybrid vehicle safety procedures with I-CAR Canada’s Refinish Technician Platinum courses.


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