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  • Writer's picturePhilipp Wilkens

Why We Paint Cars In A Spray Booth

Do you consider yourself to be a bit of a ‘Handy Man’ or know someone that is obsessed with DIY projects? These days it seems we can do almost anything ourselves with a bit of ‘Googling’ and a few Youtube videos. But don’t they make it look so easy in the videos and in reality when you try doing it yourself, the results are never quite the same.

I think it is safe to say that not all things should be fixed with a quick DIY search on Google, especially the meticulous job of repainting your own vehicle. Sometimes you need to go for the safe and hassle-free option, which in this case would be to take your vehicle to an auto body shop for a professional repaint, which would be carried out in a car spray booth.

What Is A Paint Spray Booth?

A paint spray booth is an area where the application of spray paint on vehicles can be controlled. The purpose of the booth is to provide increased efficiency and cleaner paint jobs, whilst also keeping employees safe from the hazardous products used. Spray painting can cause overspray and a paint booth acts as confinement area for this, therefore dangerous situations can be avoided and the main body shop can remain clean.

Furthermore, a spray booth allows spray jobs of the highest quality to be carried out, due to the booth being a dirt and dust free environment. To elaborate, the booth contains a filter that supplies clean air, meaning any contaminants are caught in the filter, to prevent anything landing in the wet paint.

Here Is Why Allowing A Professional To Repaint Your Car Is Much Better Than Tackling The Job Yourself:

  • Controlled Environment: There are a few common factors that can affect the finish of your vehicle’s paint job, such as temperature, humidity and dust.

  • Controls Hazardous Materials: Hazardous chemicals found in automotive paints and other materials used in the repainting process release fumes and particles that can both harm your health and the environment. The advantage of a spray paint booth is that it filters these chemicals, to ensure they don’t pose a threat to the surrounding areas.

  • Dust-Free Surroundings: If you eliminate dust floating about, you allow for an immaculate paint finish to be achieved. The lack of dust will lead to an even coat of paint on the bare metal, without any flecks of dust or debris landing on the wet surface. It can also result in an increase in the durability of the paint and coatings.

  • Longer-lasting Finish: The controlled environment allows for a more stable application of the paint and base coatings, which in turn will increase its durability. By maintaining the air temperature, an even layer of paint can be applied to the vehicle, resulting in a smooth finish. In addition, these controlled conditions allow the paint and additional coatings to bond together well, creating a strong coat.

What Is A Paint Spray Booth?

As we previously mentioned, using a spray paint booth is essentially all about creating the right environment in terms of air pressure, humidity and temperature, as well as containing and safely removing harmful toxins/paint fumes. To achieve this, you should follow these tips:

  1. Before you begin a spray job, it is essential that you check that the booth itself and the booth equipment is clean and working correctly. It’s important to ensure that the air pressure in the booth and air pressure on the spray gun as well as the spray pattern are all setup correctly. Also, the filters need to be serviced regularly, exhaust filters will become clogged over time with overspray and intake filters will become clogged from outside elements ie dust.

  2. When you are spraying the paint onto the vehicle, you need to make sure you are spraying near the vent that is supplying air. Ideally, you should be closer to the air vent than the spray paint gun is, to allow any overspray to be blown away from you and towards the exhaust fan.

  3. The panels must be thoroughly cleaned before entering the booth, in order to avoid taking dust/dirt in with you.

  4. Until you step out of the paint booth, you need to keep your protective gear on, as the fumes are harmful!

  5. Tacky coating the booth walls and wetting the floor will help to minimise dust in your paintwork.

It never hurts to invest in a high-quality paint job for your car; one done properly is better than a DIY one that may not result in the expected finish. Over time, the value of your vehicle will depreciate and the condition of your car’s overall cosmetic appearance is one of the factors that will be assessed if you were to trade-in or if you intend to privately sell. Therefore, investing in its maintenance will benefit you in the future.

If the colour of your vehicle has turned dull prematurely, it is often due to it being parked under direct sunlight on a regular basis. UV rays from the sun break down the lacquer coat protection over time and eventually, causes the paint to begin to fade.

Do You Offer Car Resprays Near Me?

DJ Mac Panel & Paint is based in Gisborne, NZ and it is common for customers to travel from afar for the quality range of services we provide. If you are interested in any of our services, either fill in our online form or book in with us today, by calling 06-867 7816.


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