FAQ

How do I select the right spray booth filter?
Filtration for your paint booth is all about balance. Without balance, your booth will perform poorly and your operating costs will be higher than necessary. To achieve proper balance, filters must remove and hold contaminants but still allow for proper air flow.

All cross draft and down draft filters sold by BoothFilterStore.com will capture paint damaging contaminants (particles larger than 7-10 microns) and all paint arrestors sold by BoothFilterStore.com have been tested to be 98%+ efficient and comply therefore with the EPA’s regulation 40 CFR Part 63. So you won’t go wrong with any choice!

BoothFilterStore.com has created “Filters by Booth Manufacturer” to assist you in selecting the right booth filter. Simply click on the name of the manufacturer and you will be provided with a list of spray booth models along with recommended products and part numbers available to be purchased at BoothFitlerStore.com. And as always, should you need further assistance, please feel free to submit your question under “Contact Us” or call us directly.

When should I change my paint booth filters?
Proper spray booth maintenance is critical. Delaying a filter change can result in a ruined paint job causing significant additional costs such as buffing, color sanding, booth cleaning, etc. Moreover, because your booth is being used for rework, you are unable to get to that next new business opportunity.

On average, cross draft intake panel filters should be changed every one to three months and down draft ceiling filters should be change every six to twelve months. We say on average because each operating environment is different and paint hours can fluctuate. Prefilters should be changed ever two to four months – proper prefilter maintenance will extend the life of more expensive final stage filters, such as down draft ceiling filters. Paint arrestors should be changed every one to two weeks.

BoothFilterStore.com will also keep your prior orders “on file” so you can quickly reorder filters when necessary. Moreover, if you wish to participate, our technology will allow us to send you filter change out reminders and notify you of certain specials we may be offering.

Do I need to install my filters in a certain direction?
Yes. To function properly, each filter much be installed in relationship to air flow.
  • Paint arrestors should have the "open weave" side facing up into the painting chamber.  Overspray passes through this "open weave" and exist through the “skin backing”.  It is the "skin backing" which acts as the final filtration barrier before air exits the paint arrestor / painting chamber. Paint overspray must enter the "open weave" first and exit through the tighter “skin backing” last. This ensures proper depth loading, meaning paint overspray particles building up evenly in the filter thereby extending the filter’s operating life.
  • Cross draft panel filters should have the tacky side facing inside the spray booth, or in other words, the air should enter though the no-stick side and exit through the sticky or “tacky” side into the painting chamber.
  • Down draft ceiling filters should have the smooth backing or “mesh scrim” facing inside the spray booth, or in other words, the air should enter the more open, woven side and exit through the “mesh scrim” into the painting chamber. The smooth backing is designed to prevent filter fibers from breaking off and entering your spray booth.
  • Prefilters in panel and pad form should have the tacky side facing inside the spray booth, or in other words, the air should enter though the no-stick side and exit through the sticky or “tacky” side into the painting chamber. If no tackifier is applied to the prefilter, the more open “weave” should be on the air entering side with the tighter “weave on the air exiting side.
  • Prefilters in pocket or bag form and exhaust / extraction filters should have the air enter into the pocket or bag configuration.
How do I measure a filter?
For a cross draft spray booth, measure an existing filter and/or the holding frame into which the panel filter will be inserted to determine the proper dimension. The most typical intake filter size for a cross draft spray booth is a 20” x 20” panel.

For a down draft spray booth, ceiling filters come in a wide variety of sizes, depending upon the make and model of your spray booth. BoothFilterStore.com provides suggested filter configurations under “Filters by Booth Manufacturer”. We also recommend that you release your existing ceiling filter from its holding frame so as to obtain an accurate measurement. Remember, it is always better to have over measured than to have under measured (i.e., more width and length). Ceiling filters in panel form come with an internal wire frame; ceiling filters in blankets / pads are rolled into existing spray booth holding frames.

Paint arrestors, are purchased either in pad or roll form. For pads, measure an existing filter and/or the holding frame which the paint arrestor will be inserted to determine the proper dimension. For rolls, measure the width of the existing filter and/or the track into which the paint arrestor is placed (you will cut the length). Similar to down draft ceiling filters, it is always better to have over measured than to have under measured.

Prefilters and Exhaust / Extraction filters come in a wide variety of sizes, depending upon the make and model of your spray booth. BoothFilterStore.com provides suggested filter configurations under “Filters by Booth Manufacturer”. We also recommend that you release your existing filter from its holding frame so as to obtain an accurate measurement. Unlike down draft ceiling filters and paint arrestors, an accurate measurement is necessary to ensure your filter will insert smoothly into its holdings frame.

Should you not see the dimensions you require listed on BoothFilterStore.com, please contact us and we can assist you directly. We can work with our manufacturers to ensure you have what you need!

Will my BoothFilterStore.com paint arrestors comply with the EPA’s regulations?
Both the XD-22F and RD-15F paint arrestors sold by BoothFilterStore.com have been independently tested and are 98%+ efficient as required by Federal EPA rule 40 CFR Part 63, Subpart HHHHHH (6H) as published in January 2009. Test reports are available on our website or here.

Will waterborne paint work with my BoothFilterStore.com filters?
Yes. All BoothFilterStore.com filters operate in waterborne paint environment. In fact, when using waterborne paint, air purity and proper airflow is critical making spray booth filter maintenance all the more important.

How are products shipped?
Once an order is placed, our products are packaged and shipped via UPS, usually within 24 to 48 hours. Delivery times are generally between one to three days for customers located east of the Mississippi River and three to five days for customers located west of the Mississippi River.

Are shipping costs calculated for products in my shopping cart?
Yes, shipping cost is calculated in real-time. Smaller orders (1 to 4 cases of product) typically ship via UPS; however, as the number of cases ordered increases, the more economical shipping alternative switches from UPS to less-than-truckload or LTL carrier.  BoothFilterStore.com charges a flat-rate of $89.95 per order for LTL shipments.  So as you complete your order, you will be given the ability to select the most cost effective delivery alternative based upon the size of your order.  At BoothFilterStore our objective is to provide you with paint booth filters at fair, competitive prices and reduce freight costs whenever possible.

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Saved so much money and the ordering was easy. Wish your site sold more than filters!
Michael Bell
(Mason ITT Services)

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