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Expert's Corner — safety

Tip 2: Never Spray Outside. Ever.

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Tip 2: Never Spray Outside. Ever.

Another concept we drill in finish training is controlling the environment in which spraying occurs. It always amazes me how many finishers tell me that they prefer to spray outside, because it is just easier than creating clean, controlled conditions in the workshop. While this may seem convenient to you as the technician, it is not at all appreciated by your spray gun, or the product being sprayed. Aside from the obvious risks of contaminants and unpredictable lay down of product, the primary problem with outdoor spraying is the unpredictability of wind. The slightest random breeze outdoors will wreak havoc...

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Watch Yourself

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Usually that phrase is a warning. It can also be a really good idea. In recent articles, I have written about the importance of eliminating bad habits in your finish program and how to replace them with better ones that are duplicable. But, how do you really know HOW you are doing? The proof is not always totally in the pudding, the finish. Sometimes you can end up with a good finish in spite of a horrible experience getting there, solely on the virtue of good gear and materials. The products can be better than you. Ideally, you want to...

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