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									HVLP Spray Paint Guns

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Summary:
HVLP stands for high-volume, low pressure. They are more efficient and
cause less over spray than standard spray paint guns. If you do a lot of
spray finishing, an HVLP spray paint gun can save you money over the long
run because you will use less paint. You can use your shop air
compressor's powerful air output to run a spray paint gun. A trigger
operated spray paint gun takes paint or finish and mixes it with high
pressure air. The paint is atomized and sprayed out in a con...


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automotive tools


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HVLP stands for high-volume, low pressure. They are more efficient and
cause less over spray than standard spray paint guns. If you do a lot of
spray finishing, an HVLP spray paint gun can save you money over the long
run because you will use less paint. You can use your shop air
compressor's powerful air output to run a spray paint gun. A trigger
operated spray paint gun takes paint or finish and mixes it with high
pressure air. The paint is atomized and sprayed out in a cone shape to
produce a neat and controllable pattern. An experienced painter can
produce very nice finishes smoothly and with a professional look. HVLP
spray guns are widely used in automotive shops to produce factory quality
finishes. Most HVLP spray paint guns allow you to change out nozzles for
different types of finishes. Examples are lacquer, stains, paint and
varnishes. However, thick latex paints are not advisable. (You can't use
your HVLP spray paint gun to paint the house.) Most spray guns have a 1
quart cup that attaches below the nozzle and others have a top mounted
cup. These are referred to as gravity feed spray paint guns. HVLP spray
paint guns require large amounts of air to operate for continuous
spraying. The paint gun manufacturer should tell you in the specs how
much air is required to operate their gun.

One important thing to be aware of is that HVLP sprayers cause lots of
over spray and will make a mess. It is very important to wear paint
coveralls, breathing protection and eye protection. Also, masking and
wheel covers are important to protect the car you are painting. HVLP
spray paint guns are not precision instruments. It is more like a shot
gun approach to painting. They are very good at applying a professional
finish but they also blow paint everywhere. Body protection is very
important when using HVLP sprayers. You can get away with minimal
protection when painting a room in your house, but with these tools you
need to make sure your whole body is well covered before you begin
spraying. Because they out so much and in such fine mist, breathing
protection is absolutely mandatory. Tiny droplets of paint will be
suspended in the air and you will inhale them without a respirator mask
on.

								
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