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What You Need To Know About the 6H Rule

When RelyOn sells a spray booth, we make sure that the booth you buy is beneficial for your business. That means that our booths help you to maximize paint coverage, and they save your workers time when it comes to application and paint stripping. We also make sure that all of the booths we sell are compliant with the laws and guidelines that are in effect by the EPA. For any body shop in the country, that means making sure that our spray booths are 6H Rule compliant.

What Is The 6H Rule?

Officially, the 6H rule is subpart HHHHHH of EPA law 63.11169 titled “National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Coating Operations at Area Sources.” Basically what it means is that the EPA is trying to lower the instances of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) such as lead and methylene chloride by creating stricter rules for the application of these substances.

Area Source

At the end of that long title, you may have noticed the phrase “area source.” The EPA defines an area source as any facility that uses paints with HAPs in them that, if the application of the HAPs is not contained, could release at least 10 tons of HAPs each year into the atmosphere. This would include most of the medium to large body shops in the United States, which is why understanding the 6H Rule is so important.

The History Of The 6H Rule

The EPA officially launched the 6H Rule on January 10, 2011. By that date, any body shop that uses primers, paints or thinners that contain HAPs had to submit a three-page survey to their local EPA office to make sure that they were part of the regular inspections to maintain compliance.

Staying Compliant With The 6H Rule

In order to be compliant with the 6H Rule, a body shop must:

  • Have spray booths that meet the EPA’s requirements
  • Maintained a staff of certified spray booth employees who have valid EPA 6H certificates (these certificates must be updated every five years through training from the EPA)
  • Have training manuals for all spray guns on hand and available at all times
  • Have a valid state air permit

Are There Exceptions?

There are a few exceptions to the 6H Rule, but you will find that the exceptions are rare. The major exceptions include:

  • The United States Military
  • Any shop that does not use atomizing spray technology (check with your local EPA office to see if you are exempt)
  • Shops that use hand-held spray guns with a capacity of three fluid ounces or less
  • Shops that utilize powder coatings
  • Shops that utilize non-refillable aerosol spray cans
  • Shops that use metallic or non-metallic materials for thermal spray processes
  • Facility maintenance painting

What Are The Penalties?

The penalties are handed out directly by the EPA and can vary depending on the duration of the offense and how the volume of HAPs being released into the air. Shops that did not register as they were instructed can still be subject to fines if they are turned in by concerned residents.

The Clean Air Act gives the EPA the legal right to assess fines of up to $32,000 per day, per offense. The EPA also has the authority to pursue criminal charges, if they deem that necessary.

How RelyOn Can Help

RelyOn is a licensed installation and repair contractor for Garmat USA. All of the spray booths made by Garmat USA are designed to meet the requirements of the 6H Rule, and the installation work done by RelyOn also meets the EPA’s standards.

The fines for not complying with the 6H Rule are hefty, and the EPA is taking the elimination of HAPs very seriously. Give RelyOn a call and let us get you started on your 6H Rule compliant Garmat USA paint booth and do your part to keep the environment clean.


Green Service FAQ On The 6H Rule

EPA 6H Paint Rule – What You Need To Know

EPA Summary of Regulations Controlling Air Emissions from Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations

About Al Ortiz

President of Rely-On Technologies. We sell, install and service paint spray booth systems nationwide. We sell to the Aerospace, Automotive, Technology, Defense and industrial industries.

Now Garmat is Twice as Nice!

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  • Space Saving Design with Garmat’s patented integrated mechanical
  • Equipped with Garmat’s dual inlet reverse incline fan
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  • Available with curtains or fully enclosed with Garmat’s heavy duty tri-fold doors



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New Garmat AQMD Pre-Approved LoNox Burner for RelyOn Client Saves Years on Equipment

Repower Your Shop: The Rely On REPOWER Program takes existing spray booth equipment, and breathes new life into it by adding a Garmat AQMD Pre-Approved LoNox Burner in place of an old burner mechanical, and brings the performance of the spray booth to that of a new booth, without the heavy expense. All Garmat heaters come with the latest touchscreen technology, full bake cycle, VFD Variable Frequency Drives, and an AQMD Pre-Approved LoNox Burner. Having spent a year to get our burner pre-approved with the South Coast AQMD means you don’t have to spend the time & money to get a field test, for every burner “Repower” in your shop! Filing a standard AQMD Rule 1147 application is simple! And best part of the whole thing, is that Rely On Technologies will handle it all for you! Turn-key and Turned On! That’s the Rely On guarantee.

Our latest booth REPOWER was an interesting story, because our client wasn’t planning to do the burner upgrade. Rely On was tasked to do a full service maintenance of their two existing spray booths, per AQMD Rule 1147 guidelines, and found that their existing burners were completely charred and gutted from the inside, even though the booths were only 8 years old! The original owner had installed “budget equipment”, and now the heart of the spray booths needed to be replaced. So, with the opening of the shop less than a month away, Rely On went to work to quickly go through the AQMD permitting process, expedited with the help of installing “pre-approved” equipment, and meet the deadline for the Grand Opening. Our client is now REPOWERED, AQMD Rule 1147 compliant, and ready take in all the work from the family of dealerships!

Install Low Nox Burner System to Pass Protocol Stress-Free

Partnered with Garmat USA, RelyOn is set to repower your paint booth with a South Coast AQMD approved low Nox burner system. This burner system meets all local, state, and federal standards. Low Nox burner systems emerged as a product of the changing emission requirements. By installing a low Nox burner, you contribute to reducing the overall carbon footprint.

A low Nox burner system is an excellent solution for heating a paint booth. RelyOn understands that heating is a central component to an effective paint booth. Consulting with one of their experts is wise so that you can be sure you are installing a reliable and environmentally friendly heating system to guarantee the safety of your workspace.

A low Nox burner system will also help you avoid dealing with difficulties later that might arise concerning various standards or system failure. Investing in a low Nox burner can seem intimidating, but the overall return you will get from your paint booth and your time will far outweigh any benefits that come from simply rebuilding an already damaged system.

Rebuilding a heater is an expensive operation. While it may temporarily fix the problem, the problems will likely keep occurring down the road. Don’t be led astray by those who say that they can rebuild your heater to meet new standards. The variables are many, as listed below:

  1. The rebuilt system is not listed by the manufacturer. Who takes the liability if the system fails, or worse yet, catches fire? Any insurance company will look at the retrofitted, non-compliant system and determine that it is not covered under their insurance since the unit has been modified. Who gets stuck with the bill then?
  2. The rebuilt system still needs to be source tested by a third party. If this is the case, information needs to be submitted to the South Coast AQMD for their approval. You spend your money, they install the equipment, you pay for third party testing, and the system fails. Who’s liable? Maybe the installer does “unusual” things to get the system to pass. Since the unit needs to be tested annually, will it pass again each year?
  3. What if the system fails to comply with the South Coast AQMD protocol? Regardless of whether you’ve paid or not, you’ve already received a guarantee from the retrofitter that their work will pass. If you take the time to install a low Nox burner system, you will find it easier to comply with protocol without extra stress.

Only RelyOn alongside Garmat can guarantee a pre-approved low Nox system. They also can guarantee a fully listed and code compliant system and that the unit will pass South Coast AQMD standards. RelyOn is committed to providing exceptional service to customers. While rebuilding a heater may seem cost-effective and stress free, the repairs that will eventually be necessary again may multiply company costs. Invest in a low Nox burner to ensure safety and guarantee a more sound long-term financial investment.

Why Buy Garmat? Customization, Efficiency & Quality

RelyOn Technologies is proud to offer Garmat USA products. Manufactured in Englewood, Colorado, Garmat custom paint booths are ecologically sound, durably constructed, and code-compliant, increasing productivity and profit. The following attributes place Garmat paint booths above the competition:

Customizable Cabins

Construction: Garmat dual skin paint booths are built to provide maximum durability, efficiency, and visibility using powder coating, insulation, and interlocking wall panels. For easy customization, Garmat uses modular construction. The tri-fold door assemblies offer access, visibility, and customized hinge design for easy adjustments and an airtight seal. For optimal lighting quality, Garmat uses color-corrected fluorescent bulbs, as well as easily-serviceable and horizontally-mounted fixtures for illumination that is free of shadows.

Filtration: Garmat USA knows that the filtration system is one of the most critical features of a paint booth, determining safety within the painting atmosphere as well as the surrounding areas. Garmat 3000 Series paint booths exceed EPA 2011 EPA 6H Regulations for Surface Coating Operations with a 99.9% capture efficiency. Their filtration systems are easy to access and service and shut securely using steel knife edge closures.

The 3-stage filtration system includes:

  • Pre-Filtration to reduce contamination
  • Ceiling Filters in ideal sizes for easy replacement, held in place by steel knife-edge closures
  • Extract Filtration to maximize particulate removal

Control Panels: Garmat builds their control panels in their 508A ETL listed shop, which allows for unlimited customization options and quick availability. Each control panel is tested before leaving the facility, using Garmat’s rigorous quality standards.

Garmat control panels are designed for optimal efficiency and affordability. Automatic operations can be customized and programmed to individual specifications, and all components are recognized, listed, or certified by UL, ETL or CSA. Prewired control panels shorten field installation time and expense.

Durable HMA / AMU

Garmat designs all HMA/AMUs in house, following your exact specifications and budget, and meeting ANSI Z83.25 standards for industrial process; Garmat was the first company to achieve this listing for their HMA/AMUs.

The design of Garmat HMA/AMUs combines efficiency with a superior painting environment. Heavy duty corrosion-resistant aluminum/stainless steel direct-fired burners provide the most efficient air heating method and consistent temperature control. Vent-free setup is easy – just set the gas pressure – and without heat exchangers or blowers, energy consumption and maintenance are minimal.

Impeccably Designed Fans

For optimal stability and consistency of airflow, Garmat USA exclusively uses the dual inlet reverse incline centrifugal fan in constructing its automotive spray booths. These fans create a vacuum that surrounds the blades, protecting against overspray buildup. The backward direction of the blades also gives the fan “self-cleaning” properties. The motor cannot be overloaded, regardless of the airflow resistance, and the fans run at a lower RPM to reduce noise as well as energy costs.

Because Garmat engineers find the dual inlet reverse incline centrifugal fan to offer the most consistent air flow on the market, they use this model exclusively in their custom paint booths. Exceptions can be made, however, if the customer has a specific request, like a tube axial fan.

Highest Quality From Start to Finish

Our company name RelyOn because you can rely on us to do the most exception work for your project.  Unlike many other distributors, we provide a turnkey installation.  From pouring concrete to obtaining city permits, we have the experience and resources to expedite your project. RelyOn’s factory-trained and certified technical staff is available to answer your questions about installing Garmat custom paint booths.

Proper Spray Booth Maintenance

If you have a high quality spray booth, it is important to initiate a thorough system for maintaining the spray booth. Spray booth systems require regular maintenance, so developing a routine will allow you to properly care for your booth as well as identify any problems that may arise. There are certain tasks that need to be conducted every day, but some maintenance can be completed less frequently.

Before you even consider your daily maintenance task list, there are several habits that you can develop to protect and maintain the quality of your spray booth. For instance, the best way to prevent dust from building up in your spray booth is to simply keep the doors closed at all times. Before opening the doors to bring in an item to be sprayed, turn on the machine so that it will automatically suck any dust into the filters.

The tools and cleaning materials that you utilize are also a factor in your maintenance routine. When you select any extraneous tools that will be used with the spray booth, make sure to select non-sparking options. As for cleaners, only use cleaning solvents that have a flashpoint that is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Routine Tasks

Each day, you should take the following steps to ensure that your spray booth is properly maintained:

  • Clean the surface of the booth. Wipe down the external surfaces to ensure that spray deposits don’t build up over time and begin to cause a problem. Any fire protection devices should be cleaned daily as well.
  • Dispose of residue. Don’t leave scrapings and sweepings sitting out. Once you’ve finished your daily cleaning routine, wet the residue with water and remove it from the building immediately.
  • Remove safety containers. Metal waste containers are a necessary part of most spray booth operations, but they should be emptied daily. Make sure that you have an appropriate system for disposing of this waste.

There are many other routine tasks that should be completed regularly as well:

  • Replace the filters. Depending on how frequently your spray booth is used, you may need to change the filters as often as once a week, although many manufacturers recommend once a month. Clean the filters out often, but consult with an experienced spray booth company like RelyOn to determine how often you need to completely replace each filter. If you choose to use higher quality filters, they will last longer and likely reduce your overall costs.
  • Evaluate airflow. At least once a year, you need to check the state of the airflow within your spray booth system. From the point where air enters the system to the place where it exits, follow the path of the airflow and make sure that there are no problem spots. If your spray booth is used frequently, you may want to check the airflow even more often.
  • Examining ducts. Ventilation ducts and fan blades need to be inspected regularly in order to prevent the accumulation of excessive paint residue. When you discover buildup, it’s important to remove it promptly.

The Importance of Lighting in Your Custom Spray Booth

One of the most important – and most overlooked – aspects of a quality custom spray booth is the lighting. The right lighting is extremely important in order to achieve a quality paint job for your customers and clients. When you think about the lighting in your custom spray booth, there are many factors that you must consider which include the type of light bulb you use, the quality of the light fixtures, and the location of your fixtures.

Leave Design to the Professionals

One of the biggest mistakes industry professionals make is to think that they can design their own lighting in their spray booth. This is a huge mistake and one that should most definitely be avoided if at all possible. Custom spray booth builders know all of the ins and outs of spray booth lighting, so you should leave design decisions up to the professionals.

Pick the Right Tubes

When we talk about lighting in spray booths, we refer to “light tubes.” For many years, the T12 light tube was the best in the business. However, in recent years, the T12 has fallen out of favor (it is actually no longer in production) and has been replaced by the T8 light tube. T8 light tubes are more energy efficient and cost effective than older light tubes. If you are not yet using the T8 light tubes, you should meet with a professional spray booth designer to talk about overhauling your light tube system.

It Is All About Color

If you work in a spray booth, you already know that color matching and color quality are among the most important factors that you must keep in mind. In ideal conditions, your spray booth lighting would be exactly the same as the lighting outside. Since that cannot actually happen, we have two recommendations to help your lighting be as ideal as possible.

First, you should always use color-corrected light tubes. Color-corrected light tubes will allow the lighting conditions in your spray booth to be as close to the lighting outside as possible. (This is particularly important when you are in the process of matching colors for your client.)

Second, you should use lamps that are as highly rated on the color rendering index (CRI) as possible. The CRI is a scale that runs from 0-100 and measures how “true” the color of light is. If you are using low CRI lamps, you will not be using the best lamps for your spray booth.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above advice is just the beginning when it comes to the lighting in your spray booth. Because there are so many factors to consider when you think about the lighting in your spray booth, we strongly recommend that you consult with a professional. A custom spray booth designer will be able to advise you on all the small details and factors like the brightness of your spray booth as well as the type of glass you should use to maximize your efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Why Using a Powder Coating System is Better than Painting

Powder coating uses a dry powder instead of a wet solvent to coat different materials. It is applied with an electrostatic process and then allowed to dry under heat. It has long been used for metal in household appliances, but it is now being used in other industries, including industrial, automotive, aerospace, and others.

Powder Coating Systems Use Less Product

Powder coating dries much thicker than regular liquid spray paint, up to 10 times thicker. This reduces the need for multiple coats and improves the durability of the product. It is also harder than wet paint to be better able to withstand chips and scratches. This is beneficial anytime you plan to use it for decorative purposes. It also has a smoother texture than wet paint.

Powder Coating Products Increase Durability

A powder coat will also adhere better than wet paint. This helps to prevent chips and corrosion, which is important for industrial equipment that needs functional coating. Even though it is strong, it also has flexibility to prevent cracking. Another benefit of this type of coverage is that it is resistant to corrosion so that even if it gets a scratch, it will not spread and ruin the entire paint job. This is an essential benefit to prevent rust of equipment and to reduce the time that the piece of equipment is out of commission or a touch-up or repaint job.

When powder coat is used on equipment, it can help those items last longer without needing new paint. It will reduce rust issues, which can result in a longer life for the equipment and reduce replacement costs. This is also an important factor when you think about taking a piece of equipment out of commission for a new paint job. Not only does traditional paint take longer to dry and allow use of the equipment again, but it has to be redone more often. Most companies realize that lost time means lost money and they try to utilize any procedure that saves money.

Powder Coating is Good to the Environment

Another benefit that many business owners will appreciate is the fact that powder coat is environmentally friendly. It does not pose a fire or health hazard and is not dangerous to the environment. Unlike wet paint that contains VOCs or volatile organic compounds, powder coat is a safer choice for companies. This is also a consideration when they make the claim publicly to be an eco-conscious company.

In addition, powder coat materials that are not used on the item can be reused, which results in less waste. When compared to wet paint that can lose up to 50% when sprayed on, this is a much more economical option and better for the environment.

When deciding between powder coat and wet paint, the powder coat has many advantages that benefit the business that uses it. Saving money, using less product, and utilizing a green product are the main reasons why you would want to consider this over the traditional option.

About Karen Mendez

I am marketing director at RelyOn Technologies Spray booth systems.