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Expert's Corner — hvlp

Finishing the Deckrail

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Finishing the Deckrail

For those with decks that have spindle rail systems…you would probably rather have root canal than brush those spindles out with stain. (See the above before photo.) Here is another case where a quick scuff and vac gets your ready to roll out the HVLP and save yourself a weekend or two. Deck stain products are low viscosity (thin) and spray very easily through a good turbine system. They are also available in waterborne formulations these days. Even if you are committed to oil stain, the cleanup will take a few more minutes, but think of the pile of hours...

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TIP: Dry Spray When Spraying Insides of Cabinets

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TIP: Dry Spray When Spraying Insides of Cabinets

If you have ever sprayed the inside of a cabinet with a fast-drying finish such as lacquer or catalyzed lacquer, you have surely experienced dry spray settling on the surface and causing it to feel rough. The bounce back and turbulence created by the force of the spray keeps the finish particles in the air so long that the finish on the surface has already set up before all of the particles land. And when they do land, they stick to the surface, but don’t dissolve in. The problem is reduced with HVLP and especially with turbine HVLP because there...

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Product Testimonial from Chip Wade on Twitter

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Product Testimonial from Chip Wade on Twitter

Thanks for the great tools and products @Woodcraft @KregToolCompany @KennedyMfg @apollospray #EllenDesignOnHGTV @ChipWade Mar 09 https://twitter.com/ChipWade      

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John and Apollo 700s, named for the Space Capsule

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John and Apollo 700s, named for the Space Capsule

In 1984 John brilliantly submitted independent laboratory tests to SCAQMD demonstrating that Apollo’s turbine system could produce over 80 percent transfer efficiency, which meant that 80% of the coating stayed on the work surface. Far less solvent blew out into the atmosphere. SCAQMD called it High Volume Low Pressure or HVLP. Soon California required transfer efficiency to be 65% or more. Other towns and cities followed suit. Over the years coatings became more viscous and Apollo Sprayers anticipated the changes. Turbines became more powerful. Guns became lighter and used stainless steel. More and more industries awakened to HVLP. And the...

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Step Up to Spray Finishing

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Step Up to Spray Finishing

The vast majority of hobbyist woodworkers, and quite a few professional woodworkers - who might only complete a project or two a month - do their finishing with brush or rag. However, as you begin to undertake more projects, or you move to larger carcass work, it's natural to start thinking about spray finishing. There are at least three good reasons for considering a switch to spray finishing. First, it's surprisingly easy to achieve a near perfect finish with spraying. With practice, you'll be able to apply the finish evenly and uniformly in a lot less time than you would...

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