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5 Steps to the Perfect Paint Booth Inspection

Many shops wait until something breaks to call for service, causing large and expensive repairs. Others put it off to avoid large periods of downtime. However, paint booth inspections should be performed annually. It’s better to spend a few hours having your finishing system inspected than a few days waiting for a repair to be fixed.

Did you know Accudraft can perform inspections on any paint booth model—even from other manufactures? Our trained team will test and evaluate your equipment for any flaws or performance errors, then share a comprehensive report for your records. Here are the top five steps we always take to ensure the perfect inspection.

#1: Exhaust and Intake Filters

The number one thing to always check are the filters. These provide a tell-tale sign of how all the other equipment will look. If the filters are clogged or dirty, there are likely other issues within the paint booth as well. Often, inspectors can trace unclean filters to worn exhaust fans or poor air circulation.

#2: Fans and Belts

Exhaust fans often get replaced during inspections due to filter negligence. As dirty air and overspray build up, they cake up on the exhaust fan and squirrel cage. If paint builds up so much on the squirrel cage, it can actually fly off and cause damage within the booth or exhaust fan. The exhaust fan could also become unbalanced and blow out the motor. It’s crucial to keep the fan clean and check the belts for any cracks or tension.

#3: Electrical Components and Lighting

Staying on top of electrical components can be tricky, which is why they’re always evaluated during an inspection. All relays are tested to ensure the electricals of the paint booth are performing as they should be. The inspector will also check light fixtures for any damaged glass or wire connection issues. Without proper lighting, not much painting can get done in the dark! If any of the bulbs are burnt out or old, they should get replaced with brand new LED lights.

#4: Seals and Ductwork

Door seals, latches, and hinges are common parts that experience wear and tear. Smaller parts like these are exposed to constant overspray and should be routinely cleaned. Over time, door seals and ductwork are also susceptible to gapping, which could cause air leaks and pressure issues within the cabin.

#5: Airflow & Air Makeup Units

The damper within an air makeup unit should be checked for any damage or overspray. This piece can be very difficult to replace; not only is it a tricky replacement to perform, but it can also be difficult to purchase a new one. It’s smart to always have a backup in your shop! The airflow and direct or indirect systems should also be checked.

Understanding Inspection Reports

After the inspection is complete, the inspector will put together a report for the body shop, including any documentation such as images or receipts. This report is extremely valuable for a shop, as it contains the most accurate and up to date information regarding all aspects of their finishing system. It will also include if any modifications need to be made or if any upgrades are recommended. For example:

  • Any wear and tear items that should be replaced within a certain time period (such as belts or door seals)
  • Parts to keep an eye on that may be okay for now, but could cause a problem in the future
  • Upgrading outdated parts, such as light bulbs, or adding accessories like the Xcelerator or IRT curing system

By partnering with Accudraft, a shop has access to a manufacturer as well as service team, including maintenance, emergency repairs, and inspections. No one knows are booths better than us! Schedule an inspection today online.