A huge culprit of poor paint jobs is contamination, whether from the air, the part’s surface, or within the paint itself. Mixing rooms play a key role in keeping paint clean and free of dust, dirt, and other small airborne particles. Beyond improved paint finishes, they are also essential for workers’ health.
As a controlled environment, paint mixing rooms offer protection from harmful chemical vapors and keep painters in a clean space before entering a paint booth. They are primarily used for storing and mixing paint. To maintain excellent working conditions, it’s crucial to follow paint mixing room maintenance.
Ventilation is critical for workers’ health and flawless paint jobs. Without a proper ventilation setup, harmful chemicals can remain inside the mixing room instead of being filtered out. Ventilation can also help with controlling temperatures within the mixing room.
Many auto shops do not know that their mixing room also has filters. These filters help to maintain a controlled environment and provide contaminant-free air. When filters go unreplaced, dust, dirt, and other small debris can build up, making them less effective.
At least every six months, your mixing room should be inspected. Bi-annual inspections help to preserve the equipment’s consistency, performance, and longevity. If you are unable to do a self-check, schedule an inspection with the mixing room’s manufacturer. That way, a professional can service all mechanical components, as well as clean or replace them.
Your paint mixing room should be just as clean as the inside of your paint booth. Not only is a clean mixing room great for worker productivity, but it will also ensure the risk of contamination is at a minimum. To help keep a clean environment, leave the mixing room doors closed to avoid introducing additional dust or chemicals into the air space. After all, there is no sense in having an impeccably clean paint area if the worker comes from a dirty mixing room.
Adequate mixing room lighting goes beyond being able to see what you’re doing. You need to ensure the lighting in your mix room is the same as in the paint booth. This is to avoid metamerism (when the same color looks different in various lighting). Installing adequate lighting will help with color matching for painting jobs.
Paint manufacturers provide specific recommendations for each product and its associated storage, mixing, and application. Some paints require particular storage conditions, and others have varying shelf life depending on their usage. For worker safety and job performance, it’s important to strictly adhere to the paint manufacturer’s guidelines.
As a leading paint booth manufacturer, Accudraft also provides code-compliant modular paint mixing and storage areas up to 150 square feet as well as options for larger units by request. Within our paint mixing rooms, you’ll be able to mix your paint, wash guns, and keep your tools and hazardous liquids contained in one well-ventilated area. We also make it easy to attach to your paint booth and mixing room to maximize productivity and save time.
To learn more about Accudraft paint mixing rooms, contact us online.