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Advantages of Raising Your Booth’s Height

C&L Auto Body, a premier family-owned and operated business located in the greater Los Angeles area, specializes in collision repair as well as auto restoration. Located in Covina, California, when the owners moved their business closer to home, they wanted a booth product that was budget friendly and gave them an edge over their competition. Rely-On Technologies gave them ideas to make this vision into a reality. After a few meetings and phone calls, the most creative solution would be to put in a semi-downdraft spray booth, tall enough to paint a 108” Sprinter-style work van.

C&L Auto Body loved the idea! Not only did this differentiate themselves in the eyes of the insurance companies, but also added a way to work with other collision repair facilities in the area who are incapable of painting these taller vehicles in their own paint facilities. It gave them a source of revenue and allowed C&L Auto Body to rapidly expand their client base.

Fletcher Jones Mercedes Benz in Newport Beach, California, was in the market to expand their already busy collision center with the addition of the Mercedes Benz Sprinter van collision repair to meet the high demand of what the dealership sold. A fully outfitted Sprinter van can be almost 10’ tall with the air conditioning unit and any additional rooftop equipment one might use to customize their rig. The standard spray booth is about 9’ tall, so another solution would need to be installed at the facility. The biggest problem with installing one of these specialized spray booths is restrictions pertaining to height. Fletcher Jones only had 12’ to work with, so rather than working with what was considered a “standard” unit, Rely-On Technologies worked backwards and installed a custom drive through Garmat 3000 Hi-Roof Modified Downdraft paint booth, equipped with an AQMD LoNox Pre-Approved 1MBTU burner integrated into the roof of the booth. The final product works seamlessly with their existing shop throughput. Sprinter vans preparing Mercedes Benz vehicles ready for prep and paint was the visual Rely-On Technologies saw from the initial meeting and the fully functional operation adds an additional revenue stream to a previously established shop.

2015 brought many changes in the automotive repair industry. Caruso Ford has long been a family owned and operated Ford dealership in Long Beach for many years. When their twenty (plus)-year spray booth suffered a catastrophic fire earlier this year, it proved beyond repair and required a full replacement. Additionally, Ford decided to raise the height of their 2015 Transit van, making a vehicle to compete with the Sprinter van offering from Mercedes and Chrysler. Rely-On Technologies is always researching the direction the industry is moving; when Caruso Ford called us in to look at the project, the Garmat Hi-Roof down draft booth was suggested to accommodate their future growth. Seeing as how the booth would replace an existing downdraft paint booth, the original concrete pit could be spared and reused, which would make the entire project fit within the budgetary concerns of the dealership. The standard Garmat 3000 Hi-Roof downdraft paint booth comes with all the latest Garmat technologies, capacitive touch screen, SC AQMD Pre-Approved LoNox Burner, Integrated Accele-Cure Waterborne Drying Technology, and balance adjusted drive through doors. Not only would this booth replace the booth lost in the fire, but it would also add another revenue source in an existing shop.

As these Sprinter vans become affordable, businesses further develop their product fleet. Colors change, repairs will be made, and the industry will continue to move forward as technology grows. That is the evolution of the collision repair business, and Rely-On Technologies continues to be there to evolve along side of it—no matter what budget, demand, or emergency arises.

Engineering and Installing Spray Booths From Start to Finish

Spanning over three generations, Rely-On Technologies proudly maintains its tradition of operating as family business. Our clientele list is the product of thirty-five years of providing top rate service while maintaining the highest level of quality for spray booth installation. This past year, Rely-On embarked on a mission to expand into other territories that touch our core business. Today, we are proud to say that Rely-On continues to provide full contracting services to meet your growing business.

Our work as a general contractor allowed us to pull our own permits with various city agencies. But as building codes changed in past year, the building department now maintains a list of changes that involve more general construction to meet current American Disabilities Act (ADA) codes. Essentially, this means additional engineering, change orders, et cetera, and all this happens before the spray booth is installed. This, of course, adds additional expense to the overall paint booth project, and in many of those cases, dealing with an outside contractor adds a great deal of time to the project. It made sense for Rely-On to perform the contracting tasks required by the building and safety. Rely-On was already at the city with an open permit, correct contractor licenses, site plans, et cetera, and had the information of the inspectors that made these requirements. It made sense to perform the general construction that would bring a site to current building and ADA code.

Keeping the contracting work in-house allows us to maintain premier quality we have come to be known for in the industry. With many concrete ramp, handicap accessible bathroom, and parking re-grading projects under our belt, it was only a matter of time until we added office demolition and remodel to our list of capabilities.

For instance, Marina Auto Body in Inglewood, California, was the first project where Rely-On completed an entire build out from start to finish, offices to shop floor. One of the earliest challenges we faced was whether or not we could get a conditional use permit to even put a body shop in the neighborhood. After meeting with local city officials and the small business bureau, we found ourselves confident that we would be able to proceed forward with the project. We knew going into this that there was going to be hurdles that we had to overcome, but sometimes the only way to do something is just to jump in and do it. Jump we did!

The project began with a complex electrical upgrade that included a new electrical room, meter upgrade, step down transformers, et cetera, for the projected voltage this shop was going to use. This involved inspection after inspection, working without power on a rented generator, to meet the satisfaction of SCE. While we waited for them to turn the power on, we had the floors in the shop getting cut and excavated for the spray booth pit installation. We also held a 40’ long concrete drive way ramp being installed, offices being remodeled, heavy equipment being delivered, stripes being painted, as well as numerous other responsibilities we ensured to complete with the utmost standards. When everything was all said and done, we handed the keys over to the owner of Marina, on time and turnkey.

We are excited about what the future of Rely-On Technologies holds for us. This project allowed us to take on these larger, more complex builds, so we can truly become a “one stop shop” contractor and spray booth installer. Already we have several more build outs on the schedule, many more in the bidding phase, and look forward to continue with the tradition of quality work and quality installation for another thirty-five years.

Now Garmat is Twice as Nice!

Introducing Garmat USA’s Dual Bay Frontier all the performance of a Frontier with twice the throughput.

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

 

 

The Dual Bay Frontier comes standard with Garmat’s new touch screen controls. User friendly interface features switches and touch screen and self diagnostics Optional WiFi upgrade, allows you to operate and montior your paintbooth from a smartphone, tablet or PC.

 

 

The RIGHT TOOL for the JOB

SPRAY BOOTHS, CTOF’s, PREP AREAS, MOBILE SOLUTIONS & more…

For inquiries on purchase & installation, please call Al Ortiz III at 562.260.4006. For more information about our products please visit http://relyonusa.com/.

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!

Fully Automated Aluminum Isolation Zone Roll Up Curtain System

Rely On Technologies has always worked with auto manufacturers to stay ahead of future trends in collision repair.

Partnering with Ford last year, Rely On has made several presentations to the sales reps at Ford Rotunda to discuss the Ford Body Shop Program certification for the 2015 Ford F-150 aluminum truck.

Requiring that in order for certification, a shop owner must “have a work separation system that isolates aluminum vehicles from vehicles undergoing steel repairs – separation can be a separate room or curtain system.”

Many shop owners, especially on the west coast, are already maxed out on space allocated for the collision center, cannot dedicate more space for another separate work station dedicated for aluminum repair.

So what’s the solution? The Roll Up Curtain System by Rely On. It’s a simple system that is quick to install by Rely On’s Award winning installation team that can turn any stall into an aluminum prep station, ready for Ford Certification. And when the aluminum repair job is complete, the curtains automatically roll up out of the way, and the stall is returned back to normal use. Two stalls in one! For inquiries on purchase & installation, please call Al Ortiz III at 562.260.4006.


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.

Custom Spray Booth for New Century BMW

RelyOn technologies has always found ways to challenge itself by taking on more and more challenging projects, as a way to continue growing and building as a company. When New Century BMW came to RelyOn, they presented an opportunity to do just that. Already happy with the spray booth installation RelyOn installed back in 2012, New Century wanted to see if RelyOn knew of a builder who could come in and bid a project to build a 10,000 sq ft. building add-on for their collision center. Of course, the challenge presented is that other than simple structures, such as storage units or canopies, RelyOn had never built a free standing structure in the past. Knowing that over the 35+ years in business RelyOn had built up a relationship with the people who do build such structures, RelyOn was confident they could tackle this project and deliver in the time allotted, while dealing with the City Of Alhambra and a client who only knows how to deliver perfection.

As a company that has spent years standing up steel, RelyOn felt like this was the way to go in regards to the type of building they could erect. There are always other building types, block or concrete tilt-up for example, but the sleek look of steel fit right in with the streamline look of the BMW cars it would later house. Also, RelyOn knew it would have to present a favorable budget to keep the client happy. With the ink still drying on the contract, RelyOn had already started with their game plan to submit a set of engineered drawings to the City of Alhambra. This would consist with several meetings and presentations to the general public, something that RelyOn was unfamiliar with. Renderings of the buildings would have to be made, site surveys would have to be conducted, and even a plan for the recycling excavated materials would have to be written. Yes! This job would be a “green” project and would all have to be in place before the plans were submitted to the city. Quite a bit of work before one permit was even issued.

With everything finally submitted, RelyOn was tasked with now having to deal with the individual departments involved with city planning. Slowly, one by one the permits were acquired and the steel building was ordered and ready to be delivered. The site was prepared, new concrete foundations were cut and poured, and underground utilities were installed. All that was left was to “raise iron”. With the building erection underway, individual inspections had to be coordinated and scheduled based on a series of milestones pre-determined by Rely On during the planning stages. One by one the milestones were checked off, and a final sign off was obtained for the project. The keys were handed over and New Century promptly began loading on the cars. Looking like a brand new kitchen appliance, the building was a beautiful addition to the dealership, and a new fixture for the gateway to Alhambra.

With compliments from the owner of the dealership, and plans for future buildings in the works, RelyOn provided superior customer, face to face service that has been the foundation of this company for over 35 years. Whether we are installing a single spray booth, or building the structure to house it in, RelyOn Technologies works side by side with the client to complete the project on time and on budget, one project at a time.

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.

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.