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How to Properly Dispose of Paint Booth Exhaust Filters to Protect the Environment

 

For collision repair centers and industrial manufacturers who own a paint booth, one of the easiest ways to protect the environment is to properly dispose of paint booth exhaust filters.

Since most paint that is sprayed contains hazardous compounds and is potentially flammable, extra care must be taken when it is time to dispose of your paint booth filters. At this time, it is not possible to recycle paint booth filters. Proper paint booth filter disposal not only ensures your business is following the law, but it is also what is best for the environment.

Here are five steps for proper paint booth filter disposal:

1. Determine If Your Used Paint Booth Filters Are Hazardous

Before disposing of your paint booth exhaust filters as general waste, you need to verify your filters have not been exposed to any of the hazardous compounds that are frequently found in paint. You must perform a Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) laboratory test to determine if the paint you sprayed contains specific compounds. Your filters are considered hazardous if a certain amount of any of the following compounds are present in your filters:

      • Arsenic
      • Barium
      • Cadmium
      • Chromium
      • Lead
      • Mercury
      • Selenium
      • Silver

Paint booth intake filters are designed to remove dust and other small airborne particles to supply a contaminant-free environment for painting. As long as the intake filters have not come in contact with paint, they are not hazardous. This means the intake filters can be disposed of in your normal trash.

2. Properly Dispose of Hazardous Paint Booth Exhaust Filters

If your paint booth exhaust filters are deemed hazardous, they should not be disposed of as standard waste. Instead, they must be properly stored and sent to a hazardous waste disposal facility. Store them in a non-leaking container marked with the words “hazardous waste” and a description of the waste, such as “waste paint booth filters.” Then, use a licensed hazardous waste transporter to ship the container to a hazardous waste disposal facility.

Before disposing of hazardous paint booth exhaust filters, you should always let them dry. Allowing your paint booth exhaust filters to dry typically eliminates the chance of ignitability. It is safest to subject the filters to the same curing process you use for painted products to accelerate drying of the filters and ensure they are completely dry before disposal.

 

Loaded Filters

3. Contact Trash Collector Before Disposing of Non-Hazardous Paint Booth Filters

Even if your paint booth exhaust filters are not deemed hazardous waste, you should notify your trash company that you are disposing of the filters as standard waste. Your trash collector may ask you to provide proof that no hazardous compounds are present in the filters. Make sure to retain documentation of the safety data sheets (SDS) of the materials you are spraying, lab test results and any other pertinent information your state recommends you keep on file.

4. Do Not Spray Gun Cleaners Into Paint Booth Exhaust Filters

Many spray gun and wand cleaners contain solvents that are classified as F-listed hazardous waste, including methylene chloride, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) and toluene. This is indicated on the SDS of the solvent as F001, F002, F004 or F005.

Spraying solvents into the exhaust filters during gun cleaning can cause your filters to be considered hazardous waste. When cleaning your spray gun, make sure to keep solvents away from the paint booth filters. It is best to spray solvents into closable hazardous waste collection containers or use a gun washing system.

5. Test Filters Whenever You Make a Change to Your Paint Process

Determining whether your paint booth exhaust filters are hazardous waste can be an ongoing process, depending on how often you introduce new paint into your operation. Testing is required whenever parts of your painting process change.

Any time you add a new paint, you need to evaluate the paint to see if it contains hazardous compounds. Since testing can take some time, you should give yourself a buffer before you intend to spray the paint.


Regulations regarding paint booth filter disposal vary from state to state and sometimes even from county to county; your local authorities can tell you the requirements for your area. Since you cannot recycle paint booth filters, considering them hazardous waste and coordinating with a hazardous waste disposal company to dispose of them properly is the safest thing for the environment.

 

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Dwyer Molded Plastic Manometer Installation

 

Dwyer Molded Plastic Manometer Installation

 

Manometers are required on your spray booths. They are also required to be in perfect working order. Air Power Application Specialist, Travis Stirewalt, walks through some basic installation steps and preventative maintenance points for the Dwyer Mark II manometer.

How to Set Up the Mark II Molded Plastic Manometer with Dwyer

 

The Molded Plastic Manometer, Series Mark II, is quick and simple to use. In this video, we show how to set up the Mark II straight out of the box. Series MARK II Molded Manometers are of the inclined and inclined-vertical types. The curved inclined-vertical tube of the Model 25 gage provides higher ranges with more easily read increments at low readings. Dwyer’s Model 25 Manometer is excellent for general purpose work. The Model 40 Manometer with an inclined gage provides linear calibration and excellent resolution throughout its range. Their Model 40 manometer is recommended for air velocity and air filter gage applications.
Contact Your Air Power Account Manager to get a manometer that fits your needs today!

The Filter Games: Complete Series

Are you Ready for the Filter Games?

 

Join Air Power for The Filter Games!

A test of your paint filter knowledge in three rounds. Can you guess the correct answers?

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Filter Games: Round 1

Join Air Power for Round 1 of The Filter Games!

A test of your paint booth filter knowledge in three rounds. Can you guess the correct answer?

 


The Filter Games: Round 2

Join Air Power for Part 2 of The Filter Games. A test of your paint booth filter knowledge in three rounds. Can you guess the correct answer?

 


The Filter Games: Round 3

Join Air Power for Part 3 of The Filter Games. A test of your paint booth filter knowledge in three rounds. Can you guess the correct answer?

Product Demonstrations

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Product Demonstrations

Air Power Manufacturing Solutions is making efforts to be sure that we can continue to effectively support the manufacturing community during this time. We love to be able to visit customers on-site and demonstrate how the products we sell can improve manufacturing processes, but there are a variety of other ways we can show you the latest technologies. Follow the link below to read about the ways Air Power can help you improve your manufacturing process!

 

 

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Polyester Filters for Paint, Powder Coating and HVAC

 

Polyester Filters for Paint, Powder Coating and HVAC

 

Polyester filters offer exceptional intake and exhaust filtration in paint booths, powder coating booths, sanding booths, AMU air filtration as well as HVAC applications. Join Air Power in a walk through our key polyester filter products and learn which media is the best for your unique application.

W-Series Spray Booth Filters from Col-Met RP

 

 

W Series Spray Booth Filters from Col-Met

 

For many years, manufacturers have relied on Research Products RP paint booth exhaust filters for the efficient capture of overspray paint. The new W Series Filters from Col-Met, the makers of the legacy line of RP filters, has set a new bar in the finishing industry. From the new white face layer to the virgin polyester final layer and a warranty, you really should watch this video. Learn about the new Col-Met W Series filter options available from Air Power, Inc.

 

 

Polyester Filter Installation with Air Power

 

In this video, Air Power Specialist Travis Stirewalt will discuss everything you need to know about Polyester Filters. You will learn how to install polyester paint booth filters, and we will discuss best practices with exhaust roll media, cut pads, panels and bag filters. Using KW SPST2.06090-2 Orange/White with tack roll media and 2 pocket bag filters of the same media.

This video was filmed in the Air Power, Inc. Chattanooga Branch.

Water is Good. But Not in Your Airline.

Compressed air is readily available and simple-to-use, but it can be the most expensive form of energy in your application. Air leaving a compressor can also be dirty, and depending on the outside temperature, can contain moisture. The presence of moisture in the air line can damage and shorten the life of downstream equipment, such as pneumatic tools and Liquid/Powder spray equipment. Unregulated or improper air pressure can result in increased compressed air demand, which results in increased energy consumption. Excessive pressure can also increase equipment wear, resulting in higher maintenance costs and shorter tool life. Before compressed air can be used it should be Filtered, Regulated and in some applications, Lubricated.

Filters

 

Filters clean compressed air. Compressed air can carry condensed water, oil carryover from compressors, solid impurities (dirt and rust) generated within the pipelines, and other wear particles from the ambient air. These contaminants can cause problems at every point of use, and should be removed by installing suitable filters.

Regulators

 

Regulators reduce and control pressure in compressed air systems. They are used to control pressure to: air tools, such as impact wrenches and sanders, liquid and powder spraying devices and many other pneumatically powered manufacturing applications. Optimally, a pressure regulator maintains a constant output pressure regardless of variations in the input pressure and downstream flow requirements. Downstream equipment flow and pressure requirements must be determined to properly size the correct regulator for the application.

Lubricators

 

Lubricators add controlled quantities of oil into a compressed air system to reduce the friction of moving components. Most air tools and other air driven equipment require lubrication to extend their useful life. The use of an airline lubricator solves the problem of too much or too little lubrication that comes with other methods of lubrication such as a grease gun or oil, as well as supplying the right kind of lubricant for the tools being used. Once the lubricator is adjusted, a metered quantity of lubricant is supplied to the air operated equipment and the only maintenance required is a periodic refill of the lubricator reservoir. Adding lubrication to a system can also prevent synthetic compressor oil build-up on system components.

Clean air is a key ingredient that enables effective and efficient operation of tools, equipment, and machinery in almost every industry. As such, the use of air preparation devices, such as filters, regulators, and lubricators (FRLs) is an excellent way to keep your air supply in top condition, as well as enabling your tools and equipment to operate at their peak performance. Air Power can help you identify the cause of your airline issues and find a solution to keep your airlines clean and controlled.

 

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