If you’ve ever had the privilege of using a paint booth for your projects, you’ll know how vital it is that you keep it in spic-and-span condition in order to get the most from it. Here’s some tips to help you.
Start with a good look.
This will be particularly important to you if this is the first time you’re cleaning the booth out. If you maintain a regular cleaning schedule, your task will be easier. All the same, a good visual inspection not only lets you determine the extent of the task, but will also enable you to spot those areas where a regular clean may have missed- for example, a hidden corner that was overlooked. You will be able to determine the areas that will need the most work, as well as formulate a plan of action. You will also want to ensure that you’re aware of the paint type used in the booth, so you can be prepared for the task ahead.
The recommended Paint Booth cleaning strategy starts with ensuring that the booth is fully sealed. All vents, grates and other outflow points should be closed. If you’re dealing with an automatic booth, you want to avoid the automatic dispenser turning on you instead of your next project by killing the power supply to the booth itself as well. Do bear in mind that larger booths- think the size of a car- will likely have fans built in for the purposes of maintaining the correct booth pressure- likewise, you do not want these running during the cleaning process.
You’ll want to ensure that you are fully prepared with adequate safety clothing, like overalls and protective gloves.
Starting the cleaning process.
You’ll start by cleaning down the booth surfaces. This can be done manually by scrubbing brush in small booths, and the process will be easiest overall when water based paints have been used. It shouldn’t require more than water and a paint solvent. Try to soak the brush in the cleansing solution rather than pouring it directly onto the booth’s surface. Once it’s clean, rinse down the surfaces with clean water.
If the deposits are more stubborn, you can soak a cloth or rag directly in the paint solvent. For a large booth, consider using a pressure washer to make the task less arduous. If you’re using a pressure washer, however, remember to add a face mask to the list of necessary safety wear. This become especially important when using paint solvents, which can damage your sensitive mucous membranes in your nose and mouth if inhaled. Once the booth is physical clean, wipe down the surfaces to blot excess water.
Don’t neglect the accessories.
Remember that you will also need to clean down the smaller accessories to the booth. This includes removable spray nozzles. It’s always better to remove them where possible to ensure the best clean possible. You should also pay attention to vents and air filters- a soft cloth should suffice.
It’s highly recommended your paint booth is cleaned on a regular schedule to make the most of it.