Regular cleaning is one of the most important tasks you can undertake when you have a spray booth and it’s a vital part of spray booth maintenance as well as spray booth servicing. However, it’s also one of the most overlooked. If you do not ensure that your spray booth cabin and each area of your additional spraybooth equipment is as clean as possible, you risk the buildup of dust, dirt, and general debris.
These three you do not want clogging up your system. Here are some tips to help you prevent their presence. Take a look!
Don’t leave any unnecessary items in the spray booth cabin
Only bring items you definitely need. It may seem like an obvious one, but working with a minimal inventory will help prevent further contamination.
Seal entrance and exit doors, access doors and concrete floors
Make sure that all entrances and exits are completely sealed and do not let in contaminants.
Make sure that traffic in/out of the spray booth is minimal
By limiting the number of operators coming in and out of your cabin, you will be able to better control the risk of contamination by limiting the number of airborne contaminants making their way into your exhaust filters.
Store your uniform/spray clothes in a clean environment
Another way you can prevent introducing contaminants into your spray booth is by storing your uniform in a clean and (as much as possible) contaminant-free environment.
Be conscious about where you’re spraying
When you’re spraying, you need to keep in mind your spraybooth’s airflow and how it is configured. Also, think about where you are in the booth. For example, if you are spraying in a cross-draught or semi-downdraught booth then you should start spraying at the front and work your way towards the back. We say this because, if you were to start spraying at the back and move to the front, overspray will effectively drift over the top of the paint that has just sprayed. This will result in an uneven job.
Make sure you regularly clean your cabin
No matter how well your spray-booth may perform, you will almost always experience some overspray collecting on the floor of your spray booth as well as the walls. When this overspray becomes airborne, it can settle on your paint job which will compromise the overall quality of the finish.
You can use vacuums to clean away dust and fibres (just be careful that the vacuum you’re using is safe for use in hazardous environments!). To get rid of stubborn paint on floors and walls, you should use solvent-based materials that will break the paint particles down. Ensure that your ventilation is turned on when you use such materials.
Don’t forget to clean your components, either
Overspray, as mentioned in the previous section, can get everywhere and will endanger the quality of your finish. It also gathers on the components of your spray booth system, from paint guns to your lighting. The big risk here is that the particles will become caked, flake off and eventually end up ruining your paint job. This is why you need to keep an eye out for this – your components are just as important as your spray booth itself.
Ultimately, make sure you replace your filters regularly
The ultimate solution is to replace your filters when they need to be replaced. It’s easy, especially with our new PolyMat EX which you can read about here. You can view our full range of spray-booth filters here.
Remember that there’s so much to benefit from when you get an AGM Services spray booth service and maintenance contract, so be sure to take a look.
In the meantime, our blog section should keep you busy and up to date with the latest developments.
Spray Booth Maintenance FAQs
How often should I clean my spray booth?
Vacuums can be used to remove dust and fibres; however, solvent-based solutions that break down paint particles should be used to remove stubborn paint from floors and walls. When using such products, make sure your ventilation is set on.
When should I change my spray booth filter?
During typical use, you should anticipate changing your exhaust filters every two weeks. This will keep your exhaust fan in good working order and ensure that only clean air enters your shop.