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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Instant Paint Booth and HVLP Spraying

I want to paint the forward salon settee bits (masking any glue joints) before they are permanently installed. I realized that painting these bits by brush would take quite a large amount of time for both primer and color. So, I decided to take the plunge with HVLP spraying. HVLP stands for "high volume low pressure" and is a more efficient means of spraying than conventional pressure spraying. With HVLP, less paint is atomized into the air and more paint is directed to the target. We already had the HVLP equipment new stored away in a box for a couple years intended for another project that we never started.

Of course I need some sort of paint booth to contain the overspray. I sectioned off an 8 x 16 corner of the fence outside the shop with 2 x 4s and plastic sheeting. It is semi-permanent (until the next big wind storm rolls through).
Settee locker lid about to be shot.
I started shooting primer on the settee bits, experimenting with different adjustments on the gun. Lets just say I have no clue as to what I am doing (but you already knew that).  I am not that concerned with how perfect the finish turns out, since the settee bits will be concealed, or covered by cushions/upholstery. This makes the bits a perfect target for practice.

The pieces are primed with Interlux Pre-Kote White primer (their general purpose primer for single part paints). They will be topcoated with Interlux bilgekote, tinted off-white.

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