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Case Study: Caliber Collision Van Nuys

Auto body shops continually expand in size to meet their ever-growing demand for quality external repair. To meet these needs, Caliber Collision takes pride as the premier repair brand in customer service in every community it opens a new location. In the city of Van Nuys, Caliber Collision aimed to establish a “heavy-hit” shop capable of meeting the growing insurance demand. Rely-On Technologies worked alongside a team of contractors to create a layout that not only would fit the footprint of the building, but would also create a flow that minimizes any poor designs or repairs that may occur in its work.

The installation first began with a time-invested search for a prime location. The process began with an initial walkthrough prior to Caliber Collision leasing the building. This ensures the site could provide the optimal layout for this type of development. As a valued partner of Caliber Collision, Rely-On Technologies provides such pre-construction services to forecast what local inspectors would ask of the new shop—ensuring all of necessary certificates of occupancy remain in place. This critical process will save months of additional permitting issues, which would otherwise delay the move-in date for the shop significantly.

Once leased, Rely-On Technologies took the architectural drawings and created the layout for the Garmat USA spray booths, prep stations, and mix rooms. This particular shop required a semi-downdraft, double-prep booth along with two Garmat USA 3000 down-draft spray booths. Once approved by the city of Van Nuys, Rely-On Technologies began the concrete portion of the project. The scope of concrete work included the installation of the exhaust pits for the paint booths and a new wash bay for the car detail. Booths were installed, curtains hung, duct works installed into the roof, and the system as a whole was fired up weeks before the scheduled move-in date. Caliber Collision continuously relies on its partners to perform to a tight schedule as Rely-On Technologies works everyday to meet that demand.

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.

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.

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!

Repower Your Spray Booth With An AQMD LoNox System!

Need an AQMD Compliant Heater? Need more power for your aging spray booth? Rely On Technologies presents the AQMD LoNox Repower System! A complete paint booth replacement might not be the only answer. Consider “REPOWERING” your paint booth with an AQMD PRE-APPROVED 1MBTU LoNox Garmat Mechanical! Take the guesswork out of whether or not you’re purchasing a burner that’ll satisfy the AQMD Rule 1147. And the best part is that since its already pre-approved, there is no need to hire an expensive source testing company to determine whether or not the new “budget burner” meets the “less than 30ppm nox” ruling. The Rely On LoNox Repower System program is designed to work with ALL BOOTH DESIGNS, including down draft, semi-down draft, and cross draft booths! So call us today!

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.

Breathe Safely with Custom Paint Booths

With painting objects both large and small, it is important that proper ventilation be utilized. Painting large objects, such as fleet trucks or space crafts, can result in hazardous pollutants. Paint fumes need to be controlled, and everyone should be well protected, including the environment. At RelyOn, we know the importance of proper ventilation and offer a number of different custom paint booths to service your painting needs.

Ventilation Systems

The ventilation systems present in our RelyOn paint booths include downdraft booths, semi-downdraft booths, cross-draft booths, and more. All of these systems have their advantages and can be great options when using a custom paint booth.

Downdraft Booths: These booths take in air through the ceiling and release the air after filtering it through the floor. The air in a downdraft booth is directed in a downward motion, hence the name. Any paint that is sprayed in this booth immediately descends, and the painter is untouched by the fumes.

Semi-Downdraft Booths: These booths allow air to come in through ceiling filters or the door and eliminate air through the back of the booth or the floor. There are a number of ways that air can enter and exit, and they are all efficient. It is important the painter position himself upstream from the paint spray in this kind of booth.

Cross-Draft Booths: The air in this booth is pulled from outside and passes through filters on the door. Air is then released through filters at the back of the paint booth. As with other booths, the painter should always position himself so that he is upstream from the object being painted.

Proper ventilation is important for a number of reasons. It reduces the amount of pollutants being released and protects the painter and others nearby. Furthermore, it prevents dangerous emissions from escaping and causing fire or even explosions.

Custom Paint Booth Filters

Our paint booths utilize special intake filters that clean the air before it enters the vicinity. Impressively, these filters can remove between 90 and 99 percent of the dangerous particles found in the spray booth exhaust stream! Filters are incredibly important, and you should change them regularly and dispose of them properly.

RelyOn Custom Paint Booths

RelyOn has a number of custom paint booths that can accommodate your painting needs. We offer spray booths for collision repair, fleets, truck and RV, and even custom spray booths. All of these use the latest ventilation systems. Other features include heated/cooled air makeup, drive-through doors, side load with tracks, and inside vehicle lifts.

At RelyOn we strive to provide you with the custom paint booths you need at an affordable price, while keeping you safe. Check out our quality booths and ventilation systems today and give us a call at 562-697-7095.

When and How to Change Industrial Spray Booth Filters

For any business that owns or operates an industrial spray booth system, it is important to understand why filters require regular changing, when to change them, and how to choose the correct filter for your spray booth. Filters become hazardous and threatening if not changed in a timely manner. It is important to stay up to date on the condition of your filters.

Why Filters Need to be Changed

Filters in spray booths collect a variety of different chemicals over their lifetime. As a result, they need to be changed on a regular basis to protect the health and safety of the work environment and assure quality results. As booth owners know, filters are designed to collect excess paint, particles, and chemicals in order to keep them from polluting the air and respiratory system of the workers operating the spray booth.

An unchanged filter results in sub par jobs, which leads to lost time and resources. A neglected filter can completely ruin a paint job and generate additional costs such as color sanding, buffing, booth cleaning, and more.

When to Change Filters

Every spray booth operates differently depending on the materials used and length of time in operation. Some basic rules of thumb do exist to aid the process: intake panel filters should be examined and changed every one to three months, down draft ceiling filters usually only need to be changed every six months to a year, prefilters every two to four months, and paint arrestors every couple of weeks. These are estimates and depend on the age of the spray booth, usage, and materials used.

How to Choose the Correct Filter

Booth owners should purchase filters that are made to fit and work with the manufacturer’s specifications. It is always advised to use the filters recommended in the operator’s manual. Owners need filters that are suitable for use and the specific chemicals required in their paint application.

Filters come in a wide variety of sizes. Ill-fitting filters may be dangerous and lead to poor performance of the spray booth. To avoid confusion as to which filters to purchase, start by measuring the existing filters and the booth’s holding frame.

Knowing why, when, and how to change a spray booth’s filter is important for a variety of different reasons. Check filters on a regular basis and remember to choose the correct filters for the particular spray booth in use. Employees, customers, and the environment deserve this careful attention to equipment maintenance as it contributes to a job done correctly the first time around.

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.