Spray Systems and Coatings
What kind of spray equipment are you using? Conventional, Compliant, HVLP, AAA, other?
Because the first question is affected by the type of finish, I'll go ahead and ask that here as well:
What type of primers and topcoats are you using? Single Stage Conversion, Base/Topcoat, Lacquer, Acrylic Enamel, Urethanes, other?
Urethane or Poly Primers?
Last edited by Asher Carmichael; 03-22-2011 at 07:54 PM.
I have an Apollo HVLP gun with a 3 stage turbine. It works great with Klass-Kote. I've also used it around the house for other projects that required a bit of spraying and have even sprayed latex with it. The turbine is easy to carry where ever you need it to do the spraying.
Asher, I saw the Klass-Kote product at the AMA show, looks nice, but untill they outlaw it I am still spraying old school Urethane (PPG Concept), I use a Binks model 15 touch up gun, and for primer I use the cheapo touch up gun from Harbor Freight, $15, when it gets too gummed up or parts break on it I toss it and pull out another. These are all conventional. With the fresh air breathing system I use it's no problem with toxic fumes. I do need to try an HVLP gun however, I know they waste less paint. (Much less overspray).
I'm in the market for a new gun (or system) and I'm wondering what others are using. I like the idea of the HVLP and the only negatives I've heard is it doesn't atomize quite as well as conventional/compliant/AAA(allows more texture to surface) and it is slower applying which isn't a big problem for projects our size. Mike, I've read that a stage 4 is better all around but don't have anything concrete and it's quite a bit more $. Any further input based on your stage 3? Dennis, I don't think the klass-kote is too far from the Concept line in terms of application and other characteristics.
A 4 stage turbine would be nice but it will cost more. The gun I have is more than good enough for airplanes. What I have is great for stuff like Klass Kote. The 4 stage turbine would be good if you are spraying heavier stuff or a lot of big areas. You might want one for your 1/2 scale...
Asher, if you've used a conventional gun and decide [you may not even have a choice] to purchase an HVLP please give your self lots of time to play BEFORE taking on a project.....they spray TOTALLY different. Personaly i prefer conventional, although i have both, for the garage type of work as it tends to lay down better; the HVLP works well with multy stage paints and a bake type paint booth.
As for paint....pretty hard to beat PPG base coat/clear systems, lots of colors and price levels.... DuPont seems to have cornered the industrial market. Just remember that no matter what brand of paint you choose use the whole system; so start with their primers and work your way to their top coat, do not mix and match or you better like sanding.....lol.
Sorry i can't comment on the Turbine systems as i have never used one, they do look interesting and if i didn't have a compressor i'd be first in line for one.....
One more thing i should add is don't hesitate to talk to your local paint supplier about what you want to use the paint for.....they will recommend a product in the line that will suit your pocket book and the materials your working with. I also find it very handy to talk to the local body shop closest to your home and see what paint they use, just in case you get into trouble or run out of product during a spray job and cant make it to the store.