Pitfalls Of Buying A Used Paint Booth
In the repair business, paint booths are a pivotal part of operations. However, they’re also one of the more expensive purchases your shop needs to make. If you’re looking around online, it can be tempting to purchase a used paint booth. However, the initial “lower costs” don’t factor in all of the potential problems. When you purchase a used paint booth, there are many problems that could lead to a whole slew of unexpected costs. In fact, you may not even know exactly what you’ll end up with.
Below, we have just a few pitfalls to consider when buying a used paint booth.
Lack Of Documentation For The Paint Booth
If you’re considering purchasing a used paint booth, one common problem we see is a lack of documentation. Outside of not knowing potential repair history or problems, you also may not get the manuals. Just like how you probably don’t have the manual for your TV anymore, the same thing can happen with paint booths.
Once the original shop learns how to use the booth and knows where everything is, the manual could easily be forgotten about or lost. So, if you’re going into assembly, there could be a lot of trial and error involved.
The Condition Of The Paint Booth
If a shop owner is looking to sell a paint booth, their operation is either growing, they’re going out of business, or they’re not painting anymore. Along with the documentation problem we listed prior, you have no idea how well they took care of the booth or the condition it was in prior to your purchase.
Troubles With The Tear-Down And Assembly Of The Paint Booth
Nowadays, most paint booths are made up of several, large, metal, panels. Beyond that, there are fans, filters, exhausts, ventilation, lights, electrical components and more that could easily get lost or damaged during the tear-down process.
Often times, parts can get lost. However, even if they don’t, not having the manual like we discussed above can make the assembly process a massive headache. You don’t know what parts go where unless labeled very clearly. Outside of that, duct-work often needs to be replaced with another purchase after being taken down.
Problems With Packing And Shipping The Paint Booth
When you purchase a new paint booth, everything is packed exactly as it should be and delivered through distributor means. However, with a used paint booth, you have to set up the packing and shipping process yourself.
Beyond that, metal panels are easily bent, mechanical parts are easily broken, and pieces can even get lost or left behind.
Permits And Warranty Troubles With The Paint Booth
First and foremost, it’s important to understand there will be no warranty whatsoever. Outside of that, if your booth gets reconstructed, it will then need to be 100% code compliant, no exceptions.
If you purchased an older booth, parts are likely not in the best shape and need replacement. The parts themselves may no longer be available for purchase. To make sure your booth is safe, the parts are all there, and everything works in compliance to codes will cost quite a bit of money on your end, if it works at all.
Maintains Woes With The Paint Booth
As we elaborated on a little above, you’ll have to invest more money into making sure every little piece of the booth is in good shape and remains properly maintained. It may be a cheaper initial purchase, but as time goes on, you’ll be spending a lot of time and money keeping the booth safe and up to standards for operation.
Garmat Can Help!
At Garmat USA, we are all about production efficiencies both for your shop, and for our operation.
We thrive on coming up with new methods to address the needs of our customers while meeting their budgets.
We are also dedicated to helping you save on your cost of operation. Garmat USA equipment is designed to reduce energy consumption, giving you the best possible return on your investment.
Every product and every improvement is developed with your business goals in mind- Lowering your operating costs and Increasing your production.