How to Choose the Right Spray Booth

Choosing the Right Spray Booth for Your Body Shop

A spray booth is an essential and one of the most expensive tools for a body shop. Choosing the right model is crucial as it can have a significant impact on the quality of work, productivity, and the overall profitability of the business. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a spray booth.

1. Size

The first factor to consider is the size of the spray booth. The size of the booth will depend on the type and size of vehicles you typically work on. You should also consider the available space in your body shop to come up with the best solution for your needs. Compact solutions will allow you to take more advantage of your available space.

2. Airflow

Two common types of airflow systems are down draft and semi-down draft. 

Down draft systems draw air from the ceiling of the booth and exhaust it through the floor, providing a direct downward flow of air.

Semi-down draft systems draw air from the ceiling and direct it diagonally towards the exhaust filters located in the back of the booth.

While both systems are effective at capturing and filtering overspray and fumes, down draft systems are generally considered to provide better overall ventilation and air quality due to the direct downward flow of air.

However, semi-down draft systems may be more suitable for certain types of painting processes, depending on the size and shape of the objects being painted and the type of paint being used. Ultimately, the choice between down draft and semi-down draft air flow depends on the specific needs and requirements of the painting operation.

3. Open Vs. Closed Configuration

Spray booth with walls or curtains? The choice between these two types of spray booths depends on the specific requirements of the spraying process and, ultimately, on the painter’s preference.

Spray Booth with Walls

A spray booth with walls provides a more enclosed and contained working environment. The option to include side lights allows for good illumination on the painted object.

Spray Booth with Curtains

A spray booth with curtains provides more flexibility and ease of movement, as the curtains can be easily pulled up and down based on the operation performed. Curtains allow the booth to adapt more easily to the body shop environment and are especially a good option for those who perform a lot of prepping or sanding operations. 

With our Multizone models we suggest having the curtains up while prepping and down while painting. The transparent sections of the curtains allow for the booth to be illuminated by the light of the body shop.

Hybrid Solution

A hybrid solution includes walls and curtains. Depending on the available space, this could mean putting the wall with a mixing room attached on one side and curtains on the other two sides. Or perhaps half a wall with integrated equipped wall and the rest curtains. There is so much customization that can be done to fit the needs of each client, which is why it is important to consult with the spray booth manufacturer and come up with the best solution for you.

4. Permits and Additional Installation Costs

When considering the installation of a spray booth, it is crucial to consider the additional costs that may be associated with the process. Excavation work may be required to prepare the site for the installation of the booth as well as ducts and power and gas lines. These costs can significantly impact the overall budget for the project, and it is important to ensure that they are fully understood and accounted for before proceeding. Working closely with the spray booth manufacturer can help to ensure that all necessary details are considered and that the full picture of the installation process and associated costs is clear.

Spray booths that require less masonry work, less space and, in some cases, no burner, will also require less or no permits at all. When a larger amount of power and gas is required, the cost for the power cables, gas piping and ductwork will be higher as well. By taking the time to fully understand the requirements and costs associated with installing a spray booth, businesses can make informed decisions and avoid unexpected expenses down the line.

5. Long-term Energy Costs

Choosing an energy-efficient spray booth will reduce your overall costs in the long-run and make the difference between earning money for a paint job or not. Additionally, energy-efficient spray booths often qualify for incentives or rebates from local or national energy programs, further reducing the overall cost of the investment. By choosing an energy-efficient solution, businesses can save money, reduce their environmental impact, and improve their overall sustainability.


In conclusion, choosing the right spray booth for your body shop requires careful consideration of several key factors. The size of the booth should be appropriate for the types of vehicles or objects that will be painted, while the airflow must be adequate for your working needs. The configuration of the booth can impact efficiency and ease of use. Masonry work and permits may be required, so ensure that you have all the information regarding the extra costs before you make the investment. Finally, a spray booth is a long-term investment that will be with you for decades so choosing an energy-efficient booth will make the difference between earning or losing money at the end of the month.

By taking into account these factors and working closely with a reputable spray booth manufacturer, body shop owners can ensure that they select a booth that meets their needs and provides a safe and efficient workspace for their employees.

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