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The Importance Of Dust Control In Collision Repair Shops & What To Do About It

If you own a collision repair business or are constructing a new shop, then you are familiar with issues of dust control. When it comes to the fine conditions required in painting vehicles, it is very important to keep dust particles under control. The perfect finish of an expensive paint job depends on it. Here are some suggestions to control or eliminate issues of dust and other particles in your collision repair shop.

Consider housing your spray room in a separate building

In a perfect world, your painting spray room would be in a separate building not attached to your service areas where repairs and preparations are done. It's generally known that these are the areas where a lot of dust is generated due to all the sanding that is involved in preparing a vehicle for painting.

Therefore, if you have enough property, it's a good idea to make plans for a separate building that will house your spray room and equipment. With proper construction, such as a negative air flow double entrance to the building, dust and particle control would be a breeze by virtually eliminating them before they can become problematic.

Install dust control & ventilation systems if your shop will have one building

However, since most collision repair shop owners are unable to have a separate building for their spray room operations, there are other steps that can be taken to prevent shop dust from contaminating the paint jobs to be completed. Some of these precautions could be as simple as dust collection devices and proper ventilation systems that remove dust and contaminants from the air and floors of your shop.

If you have no choice but to locate your spray room inside your shop, it will be important to schedule the painting of vehicles after dust and other contaminants have settled down, which means waiting until all sanding of vehicles has stopped to allow for the dust control and ventilation systems to do their jobs of eliminating the dust and contaminants from the air.

However, it's important to keep in mind that dust and contaminants can collect on walls, floors and other objects. Therefore, it's a good idea to wet down the walls and floors of your spray room before moving the vehicles into it so the dust and particles can be trapped in the water. Once the vehicle is in the spray room, be sure to keep the entrances closed and the ventilation system running.

An alternative is to schedule vehicle painting in the mornings to give the dust control and ventilation systems a chance to eliminate the dust and particles overnight. However, this may reduce the amount of business your shop can have at any given time.

Clean or replace air filters often

You'll need to be sure to clean or replace all air filters not only in the spray room but also in all filtered systems you will have throughout your shop. It may be a good idea to install systems with filters that are designed to automatically alert you when the filters are too dirty, which could prevent the dust control and ventilation systems from performing as needed.

That way, you won't have to guess when it's time to perform this necessary maintenance task. The reason for this is because some vehicles require more sanding than other vehicles, so there is no definite measure based on how many hours of operation.

Speak with an HVAC contractor or visit sites like to learn more about your options in dust control and ventilation systems that will enable you to keep up with a demanding schedule and keep your shop within federal and state requirements and regulations concerning air pollution.