The Auto Body / Collison Repair Industry has seen many changes over the last decade. Aluminum body construction and high-tech safety equipment are requiring skills totally unrelated to the traditional “straighten it and paint it work” of the past. However, one thing remains the same for most Repair Centers, nearly all Repair Orders (ROs) include a trip to the paint shop. The paint shop is generally the bottleneck of a body shop and the costliest department to upgrade, so it is important to make sure that much thought goes into a remodel or the new construction of the paint shop.
Things to consider when reviewing your paint shop productivity.
Note: an RO does not necessarily mean the whole car. It could be parts of a car.
The life of a modern production spray booth is 20+ years. Choose your supplier and their representative as if you are planning a long relationship. Your equipment will require parts and service to keep it going during its life.
Keep in mind that more than half the cost of any spray booth is the cost of installation, utility-related cost, permitting, and downtime during the process. Cutting corners on the equipment choice will probably stick you with years of less than optimum ownership and productivity. Always remember that the spray booth is a fixed piece of equipment with the sole purpose of giving a skilled painter a quality environment to produce quality work for decades with reasonable maintenance.