How to Clean Your Spray Paint Booth
If you make use of a spray paint booth for painting projects, you will need to know how to clean it after it has been used. By following a few steps, you can ensure that the task is undertaken correctly and thoroughly.
Step 1 – Inspection
Start by examining the spray paint booth to get an idea of the extent of work that is required in order to clean it. Even if you clean the booth after every use, check corners and edges to ensure that old deposits of paint have not been overlooked. In the event that this is the case, you will get an idea of the sections that you need to concentrate on. In addition, determine what type of paint has been used within the booth to help you to decide how to remove it.
Step 2 – Prepare Booth
Prepare the spray paint booth by making sure that it properly sealed and that any vents or grates are closed. When it comes to automatic booths that can dispense paint at the touch of a button, make sure that the power supply is turned off before beginning any cleaning.
If the booth is a large one that is designed to paint cars and other large items, it is likely to comprise fans that are used to suck air out into the atmosphere in order to maintain a certain pressure. Make sure that these are turned off before beginning so that they don’t create a problem during the cleaning process.
Step 3 – Clean Surfaces
Protect your skin by wearing overalls and protective gloves. A small spray paint booth can be manually cleaned with a scrubbing brush. Water-based paint tends to be the easiest types to clean and be done with a solution of water and paint removing solvent. Begin at the upper end of the box and work your way down by soaking the brush rather than pouring the solution directly onto the surface. Rinse the surface with clean water after you are satisfied that the paint has been removed.
For other types of paint and stubborn deposits, soak a cloth in a solution that contains a larger amount of paint removing solvent. Use a pressure washer for a larger spray paint booth, which should be sufficient to remove water-based paint. In addition to the other protective wear, use a face mask to prevent yourself inhaling any resulting vapor. With the doors closed, start at the top and work your way down. Pay particular attention to corners and edges. Wipe the surfaces with a cloth to remove as much excess water as possible.
Step 4 – Clean Accessories
In addition the main body of the booth, it is also necessary to clean the small items that make up the booth. If it is possible to remove the spray nozzles, do this to enable you to clean them thoroughly. Use a cloth to clean air filters and vents as well as well as any fans to ensure that the booth is ventilated properly.