PaintPRO Vol 3 No 3

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Other articles in this issue:
Wood Deck Maintenance
Airless Sprayers Buyers Guide
Paint Strippers
Masking Tape
Understanding Blueprints
Contractor Profile: DP Painting Co.
Paint Product News
Painting Tips



PaintPRO Archives — Painting Tips

Tip #1: Customizing your Conversion HVLP sprayer.
The conversion HVLP continues to show strength as an exceptional tool in the painter’s arsenal. Shown below is another great way to customize this equipment for greater versatility and efficiency on the jobsite.

1. By replacing the (mfg. supplied) 3' long air hose between the compressor and pressure pot with a 50' air hose you can now keep the compressor further away from the spray work you are doing. Because the pressure pot is removable from the cart, it can now be carried up to 50' away from the compressor. With the additional 25' material supply hose running from your pressure pot to the gun this keeps your compressor up to 75' from the spray work you are performing which keeps your equipment cleaner and the noise of the compressor at a distance too.

2. By installing a quick-connect with multiple couplings onto the compressor you can utilize this air-hose and your on-board compressor to blow off cabinetry or other surfaces you are about to spray. Having additional couplings can keep one worker prepping surfaces in one room while the another is using the compressor for spraying somewhere else. In some instances this may over-tax your compressor but used discetionately, multiple air hoses can work very effectively and help you attain greater productivity.

Conversion HVLP systems offer several advantages: The ability to adjust both volume and pressure of material being sprayed, a reduction of overspray, the ability to adjust both fan width and shape, ease of portability, as well as its easy clean up are all advantages that add to its usefulness in many work environments.

— Bryan Dodge, All Weather Construction, Arnold CA

Tip #2: Aerosol primers aren’t just for spot priming!

Case in point:
Recently I did a commercial job that consisted of lots of enamel work on drywall in addition to enameling five new metal door casings. Knowing that these grey primed metal casings needed two coats of an off-white enamel finish, it was going to require timely brushwork to get adequate coverage without any streaking on the rounded edges. To speed up the brushwork process I first used a primer in an aerosol can to coat the pre-primed metal casings. This fast and easy spray application with the aerosol primer gave me good initial coverage on the casings and also allowed me to first-coat with the enamel on the same day.

F.Y.I. The Crown and PreVal disposable aerosol sprayers also work exceptionally well for this purpose and give you the added benefit of using strained primer/paint already on hand for the job.

— Ron Franklin, Contributing Editor, PaintPRO magazine


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