Painting & Coating

Fume Hazards from Painting & Coating

Spray painting and coating activity introduce unpleasant odors and toxic VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) into your facilitie’s air. Your risk of exposure depends on factors such as:

  • Proper use of capture-at-source filtration equipment
  • Efficiency of Personal Protection Equipment, such as a respirator
  • Chemical composition of paints, glues, or coatings used
  • Frequency and duration of spraying activity
  • Concentration level of fumes

Chemical fumes and odors from un-contained spraying can spread far from the source, compromising the health of all employees in the surrounding area. Many dangerous VOCs are odorless and undetectable. Health risks of inhaling paint and coating fumes may include:

  • Occupational Asthma
  • Reduced Lung Function
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Brain Damage
  • Irritated eyes, nose and throat
  • Lung Cancer
  • Liver Damage
  • Nervous system damage

Product Recommendations for Odor & VOC control

Heavy duty and commercial spray applications are best served by a traditional paint or environmental booth, which typically exhaust outside. However, a properly configured Downdraft Table or Downdraft Booth can contain overspray for most light to medium duty applications.

  • Light duty use
  • Low-VOC rated sprays
  • Materials suitable for benchtop work
  • Medium duty use
  • Commercial paints, adhesives, varnishes, and coatings
  • Materials suitable for benchtop work
  • Heavy duty use
  • High-VOC sprays with regulated short-term exposure limits
  • Materials too large for benchtop work


VOC and Odor Control Kits

An air sampling test can help determine the concentration levels of fumes in your spraying area, and the estimated filtration efficiency of an activated carbon filtration system. Our Downdraft kits for odor and VOC control (VOC), feature:

  1. Side and back walls for improved fume containment
  2. Backdraft hood for extended fume capture
  3. Explosion-proof motor for added safety
  4. Three-stage filtration tailored to the application
  5. Reversible carbon canister with 2.6″ filter bed

Low-cost, disposable paint arrestor prefilters (sold separately), can be installed to limit overspray from clogging the downstream filters. We can recommend a primary filter that suits your application. Choices include:


They trust us

“Diversitech was very helpful in providing useful information to solve our particular Dust Collection problem.
Our users have all had good things to say about the product and working with Ron Morris was a pleasure.
He provided all the support we needed in getting our system up and running.
I would recommend Diversitech to anyone that needed a similar product.
It is very well made and easy to use and maintain.”

  • Reduced hazardous dusts from work areas
  • Provided cleaner breathing air for operators

« As a repeat customer, and owner of both wet and dry downdraft tables, we cannot say enough about the products, and the people at Diversitech…….both are a pleasure to work with! »

  • Combustible dust from deburring safely contained with wet downdraft tables
  • Solved excess dust from grinding and finishing steel parts
  • Reduced cycle time by allowing operators to deburr near the machining center

« The tables are now fully functioning! The students were on them yesterday, and the instructors were so impressed. One instructor even said that he’s “old school” and wasn’t sure about the downdrafts, but he was very impressed. »

  • Custom powder coated tables to match "Baton Rouge Red"
  • Delivered tables "on-time" to five separate campus locations
  • Nanofiber filter technolgy ensure students have a clean and safe learning environment

« We love the downdraft table and are using it full time. We will probably be looking for another one in 6 months to a year as well. Thanks for a nice product. »

  • Mini DD eliminates deburring dust at source
  • Supplied cushion grid matting to protect parts from damage
  • Downdraft table filters airborne dust to protect workers and machinery

Our Commitment

2 year warranty
Quality build
Certified products (ETL)
Fast delivery