The Accudraft PRO prep station is an economic single skin work area designed for easy parts and vehicle prep. This suspended closed-top workstation is perfect for sanding and readying jobs for painting and refinishing. The small footprint of the prep station makes it an ideal fit in virtually any facility. The Accudraft PRO prep is a great addition to your existing paint booth setup. Eliminate the need for occupying your entire paint booth for a bumper or parts. Consider the Accudraft PRO prep when looking for a well-lit area that will keep your shop clean from dust and debris.

PRO Prep Solid Back

Air enters the ceiling of the prep station, flows along the length of the work area and is exhausted out the rear of the prep station. Shown below with white on white finish option.

PRO Prep Drive Through

Air enters the ceiling of the prep station, flows along the length of the work area and is exhausted out the rear columns of the prep station. Columns are spaced far enough apart to get an average-sized car through. Shown below with white on white finish option and heated option.

PRO Prep Multiple Work Bay

Any PRO Series prep station can be expanded to as many work bays as needed. Curtain dividers between work bays keep each worker’s station separated from the rest. Single or independently operated fans are available with single or multiple control panels. Shown below with white on white finish option.

Do you need a prep station or a limited finishing station?

The answer is “it depends”.

First you have to ask yourself a few questions about the intended work that will take place in the work area.

What are you doing in the work area? Is it just automotive sanding and vehicle prep before bringing it into the paint booth? or do you intend to spray primer or paint in the work area also?

 

Automotive Prep and Sanding:

If the answer is that you strictly intend to sand and prep vehicles in a certain area of your collision repair facility, then you can install an automotive prep station. Operations that include vehicle sanding and prep only (no spraying paint or primer of any kind) allow you to use a simple prep station with exhaust and no further requirements. As a side-note if a prep station is what you need, make sure it is a recirculating prep station.

Prep stations may solve your problems of too much dust and debris, but may cost you thousands if the fan or fans are exhausting to the outdoors and have no option for recirculation.  In this case, conditioned shop air (either heated or air conditioned) is thrown outdoors and can add up to high utility bills. Make sure you see re-circulating on the products spec sheet or make sure you understand the way it works before you purchase it.

 
Limited Finishing:

If you intend to spray in the prep station work area, an exhaust-only automotive prep station will not suffice. As soon as any priming or paint spraying is going on, a limited finishing station is necessary by code.

A limited finishing station is a different tool than a prep station. Among others, a limited finishing station must include three main features that differentiate it from a typical automotive prep station.

1. A Full Roof (Closed Top or Ceiling) – This is for containment. Typically including light fixtures and filters, you will see the roof either free standing (supported by walls that make up the limited finishing station work space) or as ceiling or roof plenums hung from cables that attach to the shop ceiling.
2. Dedicated Intake Fan – A limited finishing station differs in regards to a an automotive prep station in that it must provide a dedicated intake fan. This is to ensure that the paint over-spray or contaminants are not drawn back into the limited finishing station’s work space.
3. Containment (Curtains or Walls) – A limited finishing station is required to have a partition on at least three sides of the work space. These partitions can be non-combustible curtains or walls.

Limitation of Spraying;

Although a limited finishing station meets code for spray application, it is not a paint booth. It is classified as “limited finishing station” which means no more than 1 gallon of material is to be sprayed in an 8 hour period. Spraying of more than 1 gallon of paint or coating material per day requires the installation of a fully enclosed paint booth.

 

Code Reference;

Below is the code referenced in determining the requirement of a limited finishing station over an automotive prep station.

NATIONAL EMISSION
STANDARDS FOR
HAZARDOUS AIR
POLLUTANTS
NESHAP
(SUBPART HHHHHH)

A direct link to NESHAP HHHHHH info is here. Read up to understand the requirements for limited finishing and unlimited finishing. You can also read up on many different practices recommended and required by the EPA regarding collision repair facilities at the EPA Collision Repair Campaign section of EPA.gov.

 

Recap:

Overall, the rule of thumb is that if you are going to be doing spraying of any kind, you should look into a limited finishing station instead of a prep-station. Please know that other restrictions and many codes regarding automotive prep stations, paint booths, and/or limited finishing stations may apply depending on building layout and requirements by local authorities. The best thing to do on any new project is to talk to an experienced finishing equipment professional in your area. They should be able to understand your needs and look at the intended equipment installation area and explain the applicable codes and permits associated with installing a paint booth, prep station, or limited finishing station.

Hope this helps some of you out there. For more info or if you have questions, please post a comment or contact accudraft directly

Prep Station Controls

ETL listed prep station controls include all fan motor and light contactors with thermal overload protection on every circuit. Filter pressure gauge included.

Spark Proof Tube Axial Exhaust Fan

Spark proof construction allows this fan to exhaust hazardous or explosive gases. Regreaseable ball bearings provide easy maintenance from outside the fan body extending usable life and performance.

Galvanized Finish

Single skin pre-punched galvanized steel

White on White Finish

Pre-coated white baked on enamel interior and exterior

PRO Series Standalone AMU

Add heated makeup air for proper application temperatures during spraying and heated cure cycle to process jobs quickly.

PRO Series Paint Mixing Room

Add a listed pre-fabricated paint mixing room that meets all necessary codes*. Either attached or standalone.

* Meeting all regulations is not guaranteed. final approval of location of mixing room and application of codes and regulations on site are up to the local inspector and the authority having jurisdiction.

Attached-Paint-Mixing-Room

IRT Handheld Infrared Dryer

The IRT handheld dryer is a great addition to any finishing system. Dry spot jobs and hard-to-reach places in a snap.

Accudraft Infrared Curing Handheld Unit

IRT Hyperion Rail Mounted Short Wave Infrared Drying System

Reach just about anywhere on any job. High, low, side panel, top panel. It’s all the same to the IRT Hyperion rail system. Simply slide the adjustable arm anywhere you need it along the length of the booth or prep area and position the arm at the best angle to dry your job. The Hyperion will take it from there.

Accudraft Infrared Curing Rail Mounted System

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