Welcome to the Finishing Academy

The Finishing Academy provides training for paint booth users looking to learn about paint booth airflow and filtration, maintaining a clean environment, reducing rework and selecting appropriate booth pressure levels. Whether you are a painter in a body shop or the manager of a military aircraft facility, the Finishing Academy draws on the industry-leading knowledge and experience of Global Finishing Solutions® (GFS) to help you improve the efficiency of your operation and quality of your finishes.

Automotive Refinish Training

Cool Car in Paint Booth

Spray Booth Basics

Spray Booth Basics covers the fundamental function and design of a paint booth. In this module, we cover:

  • What a spray booth is
  • Why spray booths are used
  • The advantages and disadvantages of different airflow styles
  • Spray booth airflow theory, including balance, resistance and CFM
  • How to determine paint booth efficiency
  • The advantages and disadvantages of spray booth filtration methods
  • How spray booths can be customized or enhanced to meet the needs of any application

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How to Finish in the Money

How To Finish In The Money contains what we think is the definitive resource on preventing contamination in the body shop.

Information defining contamination sources and what to do about, with data gathered during site inspections and investigations of complaints of poor booth performance. Nearly every time, poor booth performance was, in reality, poor shop practices and including faulty preparation.

Diligent and constant attention to best practices and preparation invariably results in consistently cleaner, high-quality finishes coming out of your paint booth and body shop, while greatly-reducing rework.

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Building the Perfect Shop

If you are planning an addition to a current facility or building a new facility, this guide is for you. It is designed to help you decide on:

  • The right amount of space for your shop
  • The best way to lay it out
  • The right equipment

This is your tool to help set your collision shop up for success. Sample layouts, equipment lists, a planning grid and templates are all available for your use. We want to help you plan your shop right the first time, so you can realize the maximum profit and production from your investment.

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Aerospace Finishing Training

Crossdraft vs. Downdraft

There is no disputing that the most critical element of a professional finishing program is the painters themselves. Their skill, touch and precision are often the difference between an ordinary paint job and an extraordinary paint job.

Even among the world’s best painters, there is still debate: Is crossdraft or downdraft the ideal airflow pattern in a aircraft paint booth?

It is not easy designing a paint booth for an airplane. The natural shape and function of a plane causes disruptions in airflow. When trucks and buses are painted in paint booths, they possess enough volume that they significantly affect the remaining volume of the booth. However, that is not the case with airplanes.

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Inserts for Painting Aircraft

The use of inserts for painting fighter aircraft in the military has a long-established and proven record of success. It achieves all of the main objectives of a paint booth — protects against fires, contains the VOCs and provides the proper environment.

Inserts have been used in civil and military facilities. The U.S. Air Force has over 25 inserts and the painters know what paint finish quality means. Wherever inserts have been used, paint rework is decreased, giving painters control over the painting environment they need to do a professional job.

When compared with a paint barn, they feature clean, smooth and easily cleanable interior walls and surfaces, excellent lighting, controllable and laminar airflows, and reduced paint rework.

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Pressure Levels

Much thought has been given to paint booth pressures. Usually this discussion centers on whether the booth is under a negative or positive pressure. Some discussions insist that the booth be held at a positive pressure relative to the outside so that dirt and debris cannot enter the painting chamber and soil the object being painted. This is a serious consideration in booth design and is generally solved by having very good seals on the doors and completely caulking the panels. Others insist the booth be at a negative pressure relative to the outside. This prevents emissions and VOCs from entering the room adjacent to the spraying chamber. Once again, having very good seals on the doors and caulking the panels help solve this problem.

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For questions or comments, please contact info@globalfinishing.com