Equipment Essentials Series…
3 important things to think about before buying a paint spray booth:
If you plan on doing any automotive painting in your shop or garage (either commercially or as a hobby), then a paint spray booth is going to be a necessity. The paint itself is actually too dangerous to just ‘let loose’ into the air—so this piece of equipment can also help you to protect the rest of your shop from getting coated in paints of all different colors.
But a paint spray booth is more than just a convenience. It’s also (as we’ve already talked about) a safety feature and a way to increase the profitability of your business. If you can do your own automotive painting in-house, then you won’t need to contract it out for full-price to someone else. Instead, you can use it to increase your level of service to your own customer base and invent a new flow of income.
But how do you know what to buy? Where do you start? In this blog post, we’re going to talk about 3 important things that you really need to think about before buying a new paint spray booth.
Make sure that you’ll have local accessibility to parts
A nice automotive paint spray booth is a fantastic asset when it’s working—but what if it breaks down? Having the ability to get new parts quickly and with little effort is incredibly important. Contrary to what a lot of people may believe, paint booths are made up of a lot of moving pieces—and if even one of them goes out of commission, it could mean time-out until it’s fixed. This could impact your productivity and put you behind.
Make sure that you can assemble it without a problem
Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in the technical specs of a purchase like this—though it’s important not to overlook the more ‘functional’ aspects of it as well. Is the paint spray booth in question going to be easy to assemble for you and your team? Are you going to need to hire someone to do it? If so, how much will it cost?
Having enough room available to assemble it is also something to factor in. Always measure and double-check to make sure that you’re going to have enough room left after the job is complete. One of the worst mistakes you could make in this situation is to order a paint spray booth that’s too large for your building—especially if you don’t realize what you’ve done until you’ve already started to set it up!
These are all things to keep in mind as you shop for the best booth for your garage.
Make sure that the vendor has the right credentials from the proper testing laboratories
One thing about paint spray booths that is absolutely essential to keep in mind is that they need to meet certain safety criteria. There are a lot of codes and federal regulations that you have to abide by, both to ensure safety and to qualify for all of the right permits—so keep this in mind as you shop and look at different spray booth makers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and steer clear of companies that don’t like to talk about the legalities.
While there’s a lot to cover with a purchase like this, try to remember not to get so wrapped up in the details that you neglect to think about how well the booth will work for your business. When you find the right equipment fit, don’t let the cost stop you from procuring a piece of equipment that can help you grow your business. If the cash price is to cash flow prohibitive then consider equipment leasing or a short term business loan. Both of these financing options can make a new equipment acquisition extremely affordable.