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Architectural Coating Equipment for DIY and Pro Home Improvement

Architectural Coating

With increased time spent at home due tо the Covid-19 pandemic, many individuals have turned tо do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement projects focusing оn applying architectural coatings such as polyurethanes. 

Tо ensure a high-quality finish and effective coverage, selecting appropriate equipment like air assist airless spray outfits оr traditional spray guns іs crucial for optimal results іn your architectural coatings projects.

Polyurethane Spray Gun

Polyurethanes are a popular finish choice in woodworking, protecting wood from spills, water damage and sun exposure. Spraying them requires the appropriate equipment in order to avoid runs or application errors; rollers and brushes work just fine, however a spray gun offers greater efficiency for an even coating application.

A polyurethane spray gun provides multiple unique benefits for woodworking professionals. Among them іs the popular Fusion mechanical purge model, which employs a disposable ClearShot cartridge tо remove excess paint оr urethane from its mixing chamber, maintaining cleanliness and ensuring a pristine appearance between uses.

HVLP spray guns are also an excellent option for spraying larger flat projects, as they deliver high performance at lower air pressure while minimizing overspray. HVLP is especially beneficial when used with polyurethane or wood finishes that contain thick viscosities such as polyurethane; its thinnest lines will be enough to reach each surface without needing thinner.

When spraying polyurethanes, it’s essential to remember they will require longer dry times than other wood protective coatings – this extra time spent may pay off in terms of long-lasting beauty! The wait will certainly be worth your while when your finished product emerges!

Conventional Spray Gun

Conventional spray guns use clean, dry compressed air to both transfer paint from its pressurized pot into the material hose and atomize its coating as it exits the gun’s nozzle. While conventional guns require more pressure than airless systems, their increased atomization power helps make up for this shortcoming. They work best with light to medium coatings like nitrocellulose lacquers, waterbase lacquers, stains enamels and automotive finishes.

HVLP and LVMP systems tend to be less costly, yet less effective for heavy bodied materials like glues, epoxies and zinc rich primers. Conventional air caps can help reduce gun’s spray pattern size for these heavy materials while improving atomization.

The 1.8mm orifice of the conventional spray gun requires little to no thinning for nitrocellulose and waterbase lacquers, and some solvent-based clears and sealers as well as thin varnishes can even be applied without additional thinnng. A common mixture for all other finishes would typically consist of 1 part thinner to 2 parts finish depending on its type and how much thinning is necessary to spray smoothly. Before beginning spraying, lightly oil all movable parts with gun lube or spray oil regularly in order to ensure smooth functioning; any issues encountered while spraying could result from finish accumulated at its fluid nozzle or from loose fitting gun fittings being left exposed during application.

HVLP Spray Gun

If you are a professional painter or home improvement enthusiast looking for the highest-quality finish on their projects, an HVLP spray gun may be just what’s needed. Easy to use and providing stunning, long-term results – an HVLP gun will ensure beautiful results every time!

HVLP systems use low pressure (less than 10 pounds per square inch compared to 80 to 90 PSI used by conventional spray guns), which significantly decreases overspray, directing paint precisely where needed on your project and helping protect surfaces from potential damage.

HVLP paint sprayers also boast wider passageways to make coatings flow more freely through them, leading to less dripping and overspray, making them an excellent choice for DIY painting projects. HVLP guns also tend to be more versatile than other types of guns; you can use one for varnishes, enamels and metallic coatings; however they may not perform as effectively when applied directly over high viscosity materials like latex without first diluting first.

HVLP systems usually consist of a gun, pressurized container for finishing material storage and an air supply hose connecting them to a turbine. While most air supply hoses tend to be thick and stiff in design, flexible “whip hoses” may provide more comfortable use. Many HVLP systems are portable as well, making travel with your equipment simpler.

Airless Sprayer

An airless sprayer atomizes coatings by forcing them through its tip opening at high fluid pressure (1200-3600 PSI). These systems can be operated manually or powered by an electric motor and consist of a pump, hose, gun with adjustable flow control and spray tip – their pressure output depends on their pump ratio (a 30:1 pump for instance has an input pressure of 50 PSI but produces 1500 PSI paint pressure).

Professional airless sprayers are an invaluable asset when it comes to large paint jobs like priming bare drywall or painting a 300-ft privacy fence. In addition, they can also be used for coatings requiring large volumes of material like cabinets and outdoor furnishings requiring protective finishes or protective finishes on cabinets that require protective finishes requiring high volumes. However, their technique requires practice with viscous materials that must be thinned prior to spraying to allow good atomization and coverage.

Even as economic concerns continue, DIYers remain committed to their home renovation plans. Contractors must educate homeowners that undertaking the appropriate project can actually save them money – the best way is providing financing; credit cards may offer some relief but their interest rates tend to be much higher than what can be offered through home equity loans or personal loans which use your house as collateral.


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