To run a successful auto body shop, you know it takes a lot of time and effort. However, most shops rely on the same paint booth drying that hasn’t evolved once over the last 100 years. And sure, while traditional methods work well enough, the auto body shop of today isn’t the same as it was even just 10 years ago.
You’re probably familiar with Electric Infrared Drying, and you may have even heard of Gas Catalytic Drying. In the U.S., most auto-body shops depend on out-of-date paint drying processes– convection drying. And while the type of paint we’ve used has changed three separate times in the last 100 years, the drying process has not.
When it comes to running a body shop, the paint booth has always been one of the biggest constraints during daily operations. According to Simon Bowers in an interview with Fender Bender’s Andrew Johnson, “The recession caused me to look at my business costs differently.”
Whether it’s convection or electric infrared, most body shops are familiar with the traditional paint dryers. However, have you heard all of the talk surrounding gas catalytic drying? The collision industry is evolving every single day. And while electric infrared and convection drying has worked well enough over the years, there’s a reason you may be hearing more about gas catalytic drying.