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Spray painting snippets from Traditional Painter

Listed under Blog, Graco, hand-painted kitchen, Martin Dunn, Ron Taylor, spray painting Posted Oct 16 2012

Most of the Traditional Painter group have experience of spraying using various types of equipment and brands and here are some spray painting snippets.

Some observations

I think it is fair to say that a spray equipment store is probably not the first destination for most UK decorators. Few own their own spray equipment. Even fewer rely on spray units to the degree that say a US house painter would in their daily work. Those who do need a spray unit tend to buy entry level units; with HVLP units they tend to buy under-powered units, and to get hold of a beefy 4 or 5 stage turbine, or a powerful airless unit to spray heavy body paint, most would primarily hire.

The usual excuse for reticence in adopting spray equipment is that, unless you have a lot of area to paint, why bother getting out a spray gun? True to a degree, but spray guns are a tool well worth investing in, and once you have taken the step, you will find many uses for spray equipment.

Spray guns have their place even on small jobs

Martin Dunn sprayed the plate rack only in this hand-painted oil based eggshell kitchen in Staffordshire. An HVLP unit was considered the best tool for the job where the quality and evenness of finish is most important. Once set up, it was fast too.

HVLP spray oil eggshell

As with all efficiency-saving devices, once a spray unit is set up correctly, it should be a fast, even and precise paint applicator. Spray guns can reach parts a brush cannot, or at least reach those parts quickly.

Airless or HVLP for acrylic paint on woodwork?

Ron Taylor, Traditional Painter for Warwickshire, has written a series of definitive articles on spraying acrylic trim paint and one of the interesting conclusions, is that decorators will tend to favour an HVLP gun, because they are very convenient, quick to haul out and connect up, and somehow are on a more “human scale”, but as Ron points out, because of the nature of the beast known as acrylic paint, setting up the actual HVLP spray gun for acrylic paint is not as straight forward as you would hope. When you also consider speed and overspray, is there an even better alternative?

Airless for acrylic

If you are looking for a consistent, controlled and more straightforward process for spraying acrylic paint, counter-intuitively, Ron suggests that a “mighty” airless unit is probably the way to go on any sizeable quantity of internal woodwork.

Either way, airless, HVLP or air assisted airless, Graco probably have you covered. Ask Ron, and co about spray products over on the Traditional Painter forum.

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