March 31, 2023

Industrial paint booth filters

A properly-functioning spray booth is critical to your coating success. But no matter the type of paint booth, the filters should work properly. Filters are essential, as they ensure air entering the spray booth is clean and free of contaminants while also preventing harmful chemicals from exiting through the exhaust. They serve an important function and are critical to a spray booth for a variety of reasons. 

Why paint booth filters matter

Paint booth filters are critical for a safe and effective painting process. Without proper filtration, paint overspray can escape into the environment, creating a hazardous and unhealthy workplace. Proper paint booth filtration impacts air quality as well as increases the risk of fires and explosions from flammable paint particles in the air. Additionally, overspray can settle on surrounding surfaces, affecting the quality of the finished product.

Following safety protocols (using filters) is also the law. Although state requirements vary, general guidelines exist to meet OSHA standards. EPA standards also exist to ensure workers are kept safe and the air continues to be as clean as possible from hazardous materials.

Types of filters

There are air makeup filters, intake filters, and exhaust filters.

Air makeup filters

Air makeup filters bring fresh, breathable air into the paint booth.

Intake filters

Dust can ruin a coat of paint. Filters at the start of the booth’s air system remove dust, dirt, and other airborne particles, preventing them from landing on your product as it’s being coated. The result is a cleaner, more consistent coat of paint with fewer blemishes. These intake filters are generally made of fiberglass or polyester.

Exhaust filters or arrestor pads

Exhaust filters are used to trap overspray and other particles from the air, and they are made of different materials, including paper, cardboard, and polyester.

Overspray collectors, also known as paint arrestors, are designed to trap and contain the overspray from the painting process, preventing it from escaping into the environment.

Choosing the best filter for your project

Selecting the best industrial paint booth filter depends on several factors, including the type of paint being used, the size and design of the booth, and the volume of air that needs to be filtered.

The following are some ways to pick the best filter:

  1. Efficiency. Look for filters that have a high-efficiency rating, which indicates the percentage of particles that the filter can capture.
  2. Material. Choose filters made of high-quality materials, such as polyester or fiberglass, that are designed to withstand the rigors of the painting process.
  3. Size. Size matters. Select filters that are the appropriate size for the paint booth. Oversized or undersized filters can result in poor filtration and decreased efficiency.
  4. Maintenance. Consider the ease of maintenance and replacing filters when selecting the perfect one. Filters that are easy to replace or clean can save time and reduce costs.

Elevated has a variety of filters that meet all the requirements.

Elevated can help you get the perfect filters

Paint booth filters are essential in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment while producing a high-quality finished product. There are lots of options out there, and we have a few favorites in mind. But it’s not just filters that can be difficult to find. Sometimes choosing a paint booth can be difficult.
Elevated has a team of experts that can provide everything you need: filters, parts, and accessories (such as cleaning needles), spray guns, spray systems, and spray booths. We even have protective apparel and respirators to keep your workforce safe.

Tami Matthews
Author: Tami Matthews
Tami Matthews is the Director of Marketing at Elevated Industrial Solutions. She’s spent 20+ years in marketing, focusing on writing, public relations, digital marketing, and content marketing. Before coming to Elevated in December 2020, she worked for a number of high-tech companies. Writing is one of her favorite pastimes. In her spare time, she volunteers for a number of causes including the Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy working on the PTO. She also hikes with her husband and begrudging daughter.
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