Airflow cfm



I have looked but cannot find any answers so here goes. I am building a 15X20 temporary booth inside my shop. Painting just the one car but am aiming to do it as proper as possible. What amount of airflow do I need to look for in a fan to effectively keep the overspray down and out. My plans were for air in on the top and out on the bottom. Filtered both ends. Does the intake/exhaust need to be ducted across the entire width or is a centered outlet and inlet acceptable.

Any help is always appreciated,

Need to know the height of your booth. There are a lot of calculations that go into booth design and flow but to boil it down to basics you will need the air moving at 50'/minute for Downdraft and 100'/minute for Crossdraft.

Here is an explanation I downloaded a while back:

How do you calculate spray booth airflow?
A properly designed and operating spray booth in a finishing facility is a major ingredient in the achievement of the finish required by the manufacturer. Either of following two methods can analyze the proper airflow:
Air Velocity (Feet per Minute – FPM)
Air Volume (Cubic feet per Minute – CFM)
Prior to 1995, the National Fire Protection Assn. (NFPA) book 33 listed the proper flow for spray booths using non-electrostatic spray equipment at 100 FPM. That was determined to be adequate flow for the protection of the operator. Current regulations stipulate the proper flow is:
The air volume required to dilute solvent concentration below 25% of lower flammable limit (lfm).
This can either be calculated using all the booth parameters, paint flow, paint characteristics and spray gun efficiency, or purchase test equipment which is designed for specific solvents. Most facilities do not have the equipment or expertise to determine the solvent concentration in the booth and still rely on the 100 FPM guideline.
To calculate the amount of exhaust air needed for the booth, a simple calculation is used.
CFM = Booth Face Area in square feet multiplied by the required flow (typically 100 FPM)
For example, and 8 X 10 filter bank (80 square feet) would require an exhaust of 8000 CFM (100 X 80) to achieve the required 100 FPM velocity.
To calculate the existing velocity knowing the exhaust volume the following formula is used:
Velocity = Exhaust in CFM divided by the booth filter area.
For example, a fan that exhausts 9000 CFM with a 10 X 10-filter bank would have a velocity of 90 FPM.
Proper airflow is not only necessary for the protection of the operator, but is necessary to achieve the desired finish quality. Flow that is too low will not draw the overspray to the filters. Much of the overspray will end up on the part as dry spray (rough finish). If the flow is too high, solvent tend to evaporate too quickly resulting in dry spray.
To obtain equipment that can measure air volume or velocity directly, contact your spray equipment supplier.

Another consideration would be filter bank size. If it is too small you will create turbulence in the booth (my problem right now) and it will not carry out the overspray as it should. My mistake was to size the filter bank to the fans I had on hand rather than purchasing the right fans to accommodate a proper sized filter bank.
Excellent download, Thanks. It pretty much answers all my questions. Like I said above it is only a temp booth but I want it to work properly.