Dingman’s is proud to offer our customers and technicians the latest in automotive refinish technology. We utilize GFS downdraft spray booths at every location ensuring the highest quality paint environment in the industry.
The leader in paint booth technology, Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) manufactures an extensive line of high-performance paint booths and finishing equipment for body shops and collision centers of all shapes and sizes.
GFS is dedicated to continuous improvement and energy-efficient “green” solutions. Innovative new concepts and technologies – such as the LOGIC control panel with SmartCure and the AdvanceCure System –help lower operating costs and reduce the environmental impact of the automotive refinish processes. GFS has forged strategic relationships with all major coating and paint manufacturers, and is the official provider of paint booths for all major automobile manufacturers’ shop equipment programs.
Downdraft, Semi-Downdraft, Side Downdraft and Crossdraft — What’s the difference? Which one is better? Which one do I want my vehicle refinished in?
It’s always a good idea to make an effort to educate yourself as much as possible on the equipment and training of the shop you choose to repair your vehicle. The following are the most common types of spray booths used today.
Downdraft, semi-downdraft, side downdraft and crossdraft are all styles of airflow in a paint booth.
Air is pulled through one end of the booth from the shop or plant. The air flows parallel to the floor, over the product, and into the filter bank on the opposite side of the booth. The filter bank captures particulate, and the air is exhausted into the atmosphere though ducting.
Air is introduced to the booth through the ceiling in the first 25-30% of the booth. The exhaust fan continues to pull the air through the working chamber, causing the air to change directions and become parallel to the floor. Air is then drawn over the product, through the exhaust chamber at the booth rear, and vented to the atmosphere through ducting.
Air enters the booth through a full-length ceiling plenum, and flows downward over the product. When the air reaches the floor, it is pulled into the floor-level filtered exhaust plenums on each side of the booth, and exhausted into the atmosphere through ducting.
Air flows vertically from the ceiling intake plenum at the top of the booth, over the product, and into the filtered exhaust pit in the floor. It’s then exhausted safely into the atmosphere.
Downdraft airflow is the best type of airflow for a paint booth. It does an excellent job of controlling overspray and contamination, and provides a safe, clean environment in which to paint. Because of the cost of a pit and volume of airflow, it is also the most expensive style. Downdraft spray booths bring air in through the filtered ceiling and down through the floor filters into an exhaust chamber which is then exhausted free of hazardous particles. In addition Dingman’s have deployed the GFS recirculation system in every spray booth. With recirculation, once air has passed through the working chamber during the cure cycle, 80% of the air is pulled through the filters and back into the air replacement unit. At that point the air is then combined with 20% fresh air, reheated and returned to the working chamber. The ability to recirculate the heated air, rather than heat the ambient air, provides a great savings in energy and fuel costs greatly diminishing the environmental effect. Downdraft spray booths will provide the cleanest possible finish, and Dingman’s is happy to provide these benefits to each of our customers.
Revolutionizing color matching in the vehicle refinishes market
Automatchic Vision is a revolutionary digital system that allows our Refinish Technicians to precisely measure and match the existing color on any area of a vehicle.
The advanced system consists of two key elements: Automatchic Vision – the latest generation of AkzoNobel’s hand-held device that digitally analyzes color; and Automatchic Smart Search – color retrieval software that provides the optimum matching color formula. The compact Automatchic Vision device uses the latest digital technology to guarantee precise, reliable measurements of color, including curved parts of a vehicle that are traditionally difficult to read. The system is also intuitive and easy to operate. Color readings obtained using Automatchic Vision easily translated into the best matching color formula by the Smart Search software.
Colors are getting more complicated because of the use of special effects such as metallics and pearlescents. Automatchic Vision ensures the optimum color match while minimizing paint use, reducing waste and saving valuable time.
Paint Features and Benefits
- Exceptional color match – Accurate color match, Automatchic Vision digital color matching, Computer mixing, enables edge to edge repairs
- Excellent coverage – Ease of blending, invisible repairs
- Low VOC – Low solvent emissions, less harmful to the environment, almost odorless
- Dingman’s uses Akzo’s Autowave paint. AkzoNobel and Dingman’s are committed to environmentally friendly paints. Autowave offers the best waterborne refinish system available.
We Use Eco Friendly Paint
Paint serving you and our environment
AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paint and coatings manufacturer believes that being a responsible steward of the planet goes hand in hand with being technologically innovative. So making superior auto paint while protecting the environment is their goal every day. We at Dingman’s agree that serving customers like you means delivering exceptional results in ways that are environmentally responsible.
What is the difference?
You may have heard people discussing “waterborne” and “solvent-borne” paints and wondered how they are different. Does choosing one mean better results and the other mean better for the environment?
Simply put, solvent-borne coatings use petrochemical products as the main solvent for thinning the paint. Although effective, this method releases volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere during the painting process. Waterborne coatings use water as the primary thinning method which greatly reduces VOC emissions.
Do waterborne coatings perform as well as solvent-borne? Absolutely. Advanced technology has made waterborne coatings superior in performance to solvent-borne coatings. The waterborne coatings from AkzoNobel exceed the highest standards for car repair.
The informed choice
As a Dingman’s customer, you have already made an informed choice by choosing a collision repair center that uses AkzoNobel paint products. You can feel proud that your vehicle will be repaired with AkzoNobel waterborne coatings, paint that is fully compliant with the strictest legislative regulations. And we thank you for the important role you are playing in protecting the environment.