Abrasive Blasting Cabinets, Dust Collectors, Vacuums & HVLP Paint Spray Systems

  HOW TO INSTALL CORRECT METAL PIPING IN YOUR SHOP

When we first moved into our Canfield, Ohio plant, we installed all of our air lines with metal piping, being sure that the pipe size was correct for our needs, and correctly designed so that moisture in the air lines could be easily removed with water separators and drain valves.  This is a necessity when operating any type of abrasive blasting equipment, plasma burning equipment or simple air tools. To see a very detailed piping diagram and other information on airline accessories, parts and fittings, please see:

http://www.tptools.com/StaticText/airline-piping-diagram.pdf

One of our customers (Mr. EZ of Ringgold, Georgia) used the above piping diagram and airline accessories to install a neat airline piping system in his shop.  Shown below are three pictures of his shop. Take a careful look of how the piping was installed with "risers" to keep the moisture within the metal pipes until it can be removed with our water separators and drain valves.  EZ even has a neon "Open Sign" to welcome visitors.



Center picture shows the best way to install such piping.  The main air line from your compressor runs horizontially across the walls of your shop.  At each airline hookup station, the pipe drops down towards the floor with a drain valve to blow water out of the piping as shown. You can place a bucket under this pipe to catch the water when valve is opened.  Just above this drain valve is a short length of pipe stubbing out horizontially and then an elbow facing up and another elbow facing to left.  This section of piping is called the "riser" and is very important, as we are using gravity to keep the moisture within the piping below this area, so that most moisture can be removed when opening the drain valve (suggest daily). 

Air is then directed into a moisture separator and then to an airline regulator, whch is used to regulate the air pressure from your main line to whatever pressure is to be used for your particular application. For most abrasive blasting in a Skat Blast Cabinet, we recommend 80 to 85 psi, as higher pressures will pulverize the abrasive on impact, eventually turning the abrasive into a powder form, which will not blast effectively, and will  also create much dust within the cabinet, resulting in  poor visibility.  Looking at the above setup, see that EZ installed two moisture separators.  Not a bad idea, although we would recommend that the second separator be a Coalescing Filter, which is the best choice for a final airline filter.

*Note: There are exceptions to the above suggestion as to pressure.  If using "First Choice" or other lower cost abrasives and are blasting very rusty objects such as wheels or some heavy steel automotive components, you may want to increase your pressure above the recommended 85 psi.  It will cut faster, but the abrasive will break down  quickly, resulting in the necessity of changing your abrasive more frequently. Blasting with worn out abrasive is never satisfactory, as results and visibility will be poor.

Abrasives should be change on a regular basis and we offer many choices for various projects that you might need.  See other section of this web site by clicking "Abrasives" at Home Page.

WARNING:  Do not use Silica Sand for abrasive blasting, even within a closed cabinet. Sand is a severe health hazard, as operator is always exposed to dust when loading and unloading cabinet. Also sand breaks down quickly on impact & turns to dust quickly, so visibility is poor.

WARNING: Do not install any airline piping with PVC or plastic piping. Even though it may be rated at high pressure, it is unsafe and is banned in many states.  Reason: should the PVC piping get damaged on impact for any reason, it will shatter and "explode", sending pieces of plastic in the form of shrapnel in all directions, with a strong possibility of personal injury.  As an example, if you bump the PVC piping with a cart or any object, it will break. This is even more likely in colder climate areas.  We have also heard reports of PVC piping systems failing after a few years, due to a deterioration of the inside surface of the piping from the oils that are commonly within air lines that come from your air compressor.  There is a new type of plastic piping now being sold by TP Tools that has metal reinforcement built into the inside of the plastic to minimize danger of breakge under impact.  Call TP Tools for more information on this new product. 

Please feel free to call us for more information on this subject, or for help with designing a proper airline piping system in your shop.  We offer a Free Tech Line for our customer either before or after the sale and we answer our phones live!  Best time to call is from 10 AM to 6 PM weekdays Eastern Time.  Toll Free: 800-321-9260




"BUILD YOUR OWN CABINET KITS" are available.
These are described in TP Tools Catalog in detail at www.tptools.com

See below for a really professionally built cabinet that was made by one of our customers (Ken D, Westminster, MD).  Using Skat Blast Plans and components and ordinary plywood and some metal legs, Ken was able to build a cabinet that will serve him well for many years. The nice thing about using Skat Blast componets is that they are always available at TP Tools in Canfield, Ohio for immediate UPS shipment.  This means no down time.

Side view of Ken's Cabinet.  Notice that he used two door latches, which is always a good idea to keep the dust created in blasting where it belongs.  Floodlight was installed in the upper left hand corner - out of the way, but aiming at the work area in front of the gloves. Switch and duplex receptacle is on top left of cabinet and turns on the floodlight, and a vacuum can be plugged into the outlet.  Ken opted for a foot pedal operation and added a very useful accessory - a blow gun inside the cabinet to blow dust of the surface of small parts.  This is evidenced by the two air hoses entering the cabinet on right front (one to power gun and one to the blow gun).

Other then the legs, the entire cabinet was made of plywood.  The lens, lens trim and glove and glove flanges were purchased from TP Tools at moderate cost. Joints were neatly aligned and sanded to where they cannot be seen and the cabinet was painted with light gray enamel, close to the standard color used by Skat Blast.  If you look closely, you can see the inner lens protector, which is attached to the inside of the tempered glass lens. This protector is made of durable Mylar and can be changed as it gets scratched from blasting.  These are sold in convenient packages of three and are always in stock at TP Tools in Canfield, Ohio


Front View, showing Power Gun and Blow Gun.  Metal framework attaches to the wooden cabinet with either wood screws or bolts and nuts.  Notice electrical outlet with switch at top left, which can be used to turn on the  vacuum and light.  A very professional job and with Skat Blast plans and components, you can make this very same cabinet, using regular carpenter shop tools.  Not shown in this picture is a trap door at bottom of funnel, which is used for dumping used abrasive.  This is available at TP Tools and is spring-loaded to keep it closed.  Always remember to change abrasive on a regular basis, as blasting with worn out abrasive is one of the main reasons for poor visibility inside a cabinet, as well as not being cost effective, due to slow results.  Most any abrasive can be used in this cabinet.  See other section of this web site for a description and pictures of available abrasives that are in stock.



Side View - If we didn't know better, we would think this was one of our Skat Blast Cabinets!  It is identical in appearance to our cabinets, including Gloves, Lens, Floodlight and Work Area Sscreen.  As you blast, rust and paint are instantly removed and drop to the bottom of the funnel, along with abrasive. When foot pedal control is pressed, air passes through the power gun at about 80 PSI and pulls the abrasive from the bottom of the funnel and injects it into the air stream.  This powerful blast removes paint, rust and scale quickly and efficiently.  For small parts, we recommend the use of a  hand-held "Bolt Basket" that holds the parts so that they do not become lost.  This is not shown in this picture and if Ken doesn't have one of these, you can be sure that we will send one to him quickly. As you blast, the abrasive mix can be used over and over again until it turns to dust.  At that time it should be replaced.

Congratulations Ken on building one of the nicest cabinets that we have seen, although there are undoubtedly many other similar cabinets, as we have sold thousands of "Build Your Own Kits".  These kits are available in several types:

a) Trigger Operated Kit includes Trigger Gun, Pickup Tube, Siphon Hose and Air Inlet Hose, along with a clearly illustrated set of Instructions and Plans.  Extra Nozzles are included.

b) A Foot Pedal Operated Kit includes all of the above, except that a Foot Pedal Control is included, and gun does not have trigger.  This type of setup eliminates operator fatigue when pulling trigger for extended periods of time.  Extra Nozzles are included and long-wearing Ceramic or Tungsten Carbide Nozzles are available at extra cost.

c) Trim Kits are available in several sizes and include Gloves, Glove Flanges and Gaskets, Tempered Glass Lens, Inner and Outer Lens Protector, Lens Frame with Gaskets and Screws.  A Floodlight Assembly is included which includes a Duplex Outlet and Power Cord.

d) Cabinet Plans are included with all of the above kits, but are available separately at moderate cost and can be shipped via 1st class mail to U.S. and Canada.

See our Free Catalog for more details, or see
www.tptools.com and in the block at upper left-hand side of Home Page, enter Build Cabinets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Results using our "Made in USA" HVLP Paint Spray System... Please see pictures below to see how our HVLP System was used to repaint a 1955 Buick Century Convertible into a show winner!  Mike Middleton of Midtown Restorations in Austin, Texas painted this car and according to Mike, he had never previously painted an entire car.  Mike had painted garnish moldings and dashboards, but that was the extent of his experience.  Here is the finished result, and a story of the restoration follows:


This Buick originally had a 10-year old lacquer paint job, that had failed (as lacquer is prone to do). The owner - Willie Pittman, who goes by the name of "old-tank" on the Buick Forums (buickclub.org) advised Mike that this time, the paint should be an acrylic single stage enamel with hardener and reducer - PPG Shop Line brand. What is really interesting about this project is that Mike does not have a paint booth like most body shops, so he made his own booth out of 2x4 studs with heavy plastic stapled to it. Box fans and AC filters were used to provide a cross ventilation type of booth. * Note: this is not recommended, but sometimes a guy has to do the best he can, and using our HVLP-90 at least the overspray was minimal. 

Lots of sanding, followed by lacquer primer and sanding sealer (Sanding sealer is very important, especially if not taking the paint all the way down to bare metal).  


The deck lid was removed and sanded for hours. Any minor flaws were filled with 3M (copyright) body filler with Nitro Stan and Dolphin Glaze. Most of the body filler products used were from TP Tools in Canfield, Ohio www.tptools.com   After many hours of preparation work and block sanding, Mike was finally able to get started on the fun part - applying the paint!


Here is an "in process" photo. Notice the small amount of overspray on the floor! As the red paint was really thick, Mike selected a 1.4 mm nozzle (several size nozzles are always available from TP Tools and the 1.4 was a good choice for this project. Mike used an 8:2:1 paint ratio.  Being a rookie, Mike had some orange peel, so he did some sanding with 800 grit sandpaper, working up to 2500 grit paper before compounding.


For sanding, Mike used a 9 inch K Block, as wanted to be sure that there were no waves or dips in the finish. Block sanding is the most important part of a high quality paint job and separates the men from the boys. As seen in the above picture, you can see that progress was being made.


Wow - Look at the deck lid now!  Looking better than new already. Our "Made in USA" HVLP-90 paint spray system is doing what it has done for so many restorers over many years. * At TP Tools an HVLP-90 is used exclusively for all of the paint jobs on their show cars, and turns our trophy winning results every time.



Things are really looking up now. A two-tone paint job makes life a little more difficult, but Mike seems to be have risen to the occasion.


Here is Mike Middleton of Midtown Restorations in Austin, Texas with the 1955 Buick Century loaded in his trailer and ready to take to the proud owner of the car.  For a "first time paint job" the quality of the paint on this car is probably better than Detroit's finest!  The color combination with white top matching the bottom of the car is outstanding.

If you want to talk to Mike, he can be contacted by email at Midtownrestorations@icloud.com 

If you need more information on how our "Made in USA" HVLP paint spray system works, or need technical help, feel free to call TP Tools in Canfield, Ohio at 1-800-321-9260. The best time to call for assistance is from 9:30 AM to 6 PM weekdays (Eastern Time). Experienced HVLP technicians will be glad to help you in any way, and when you call, be ready to talk, as TP Tools answers their phones live! (No waiting, no pushing buttons or listening to long recordings).  Email TP Tools at: info@tptools.com




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More about Skat Blast.....

Skat Blast has been in business since 1978 and their products are known all over the world.  We make things simple for anyone involved in the antique restoration hobby, as well as thousands of small shops.  In addition to our HVLP-90 Paint Spray Systems, we manufacture Sandblasting Cabinets up to 8 ft. wide for two operators, as well as commercial-duty Vacuums and Dust Collectors for removing the dust when blasting inside a closed cabinet.

HVLP-90 Paint Spray Systems are Made in USA by Skat Blast, Inc. and distributed nationally by TP Tools in Canfield, Ohio.  See www.tptools.com and enter HVLP in the small block at left-hand top corner of their web site for illustrated pictures and pricing.  All units are in stock for "INSTANT SHIPPING".


Our HVLP Pro-Line Paint Spray Systems are Made in USA in Canfield, Ohio.  These units are in process, being detailed prior to packaging.

Enjoy previously unheard of technology  with our HVLP Paint Spray System, which provides proven paint savings and reduced overspray  to meet EPA current standards!

At TP Tools, we operate a full-time restoration shop for maintaining our show vehicles and all are painted with our HVLP Paint Spray system - Nothing can compare.  See these vehicles at www.tpcarcollection.com  We have been using our HVLP for many, many years and over these  years have saved thousands of dollars in material costs (paint and thinners), as well as requiring less cleanup costs, due to minimal overspray.  Indirectly we were able to reduce the schedule of replacing filters in our paint spray booths, resulting in even further savings. 

Call the TP Tools Tech Line for more information at 800-321-9260 from 9:30 AM to 6 PM weekdays.  When you call, our phones are answered by live persons at TP Tools in Canfield, Ohio - This means no listening to long recordings or pushing buttons to get technical assistance, either before or after your purchase. If you need parts, supplies or abrasive, they will normally be shipped the same day via UPS.  "Tip Ships Quick" is their motto.  If you want a Free Catalog, order by mail, fax or phone or at www.tptools.com.  

 

WHAT  YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HVLP

Over the past few years, there have been great changes in automotive refinishing. Such changes are due to the different types of paint being used, as well as the necessity to reduce overspray, which indirectly reduces the cost of paint and thinners.  In many areas, environmentally-friendly legislation has mandated that we reduce the amount of emission into the air supply.  To help comply with these regulations, we now have "HVLP", which denotes High Volume - Low Pressure.

THE HISTORY OF HVLP

About 50 years ago, when you purchased a vacuum cleaner, there was a small paint spray setup that utilized the exhaust port of the vacuum to supply air to the sprayer.  This spray gun had a small glass jar to hold the paint. While it was not refined to today's standards, it did work fairly well, provided the paint was thinned properly.  This was the original HVLP, but no one knew it at the time!

This original system did prove that it was no longer necessary to use high-pressure air to spray paint.  Using low pressure, the result was less overspray and less paint was used. It took several years before a true professional HVLP was developed, and such development first took place in Europe.  Skat Blast was one of the earlier pioneers in the development of the HVLP process and their manufacturing is done in Canfield, Ohio (Made in USA).

With any of our HVLP guns, a unique air-entraining venturi is used to substantially increase the volume of air passing through the gun.  Our HVLP gun is known and respected as one of the most efficient and dependable of all HVLP spray guns.  A Skat Blast HVLP can be used with conventional paints (enamels, lacquers, base-coat clear-coats, urethanes stains, and water base paints).

WHAT IS THE TP-90 PRO-LINE SERIES HVLP SYSTEM?

HVLP means "High Volume Low Pressure".  In ordinary terms, this means being able to successfully atomize paint with a high volume of air, which is furnished by the HVLP System (not an air compressor).  Incoming makeup air is heated slightly due to passing through the blower and housing of the turbine and is double-filtered, so this air is clean and free of dirt, oil and moisture, which can be damaging to any professional paint job

When spray painting in high-humidity areas, our TP-90 Pro-Line HVLP will be especially suitable, as moisture in the air will be minimized almost completely. *Hint - If you are spray-painting in a warm climate, you can often place the HVLP unit in a cooler part of the shop, as our HVLP Turbines come standard with 38' of air-supply hose (extra lengths of hose can be added - call for our recommendations). Some operators like to paint in the early mornings when ambient air temperatures are lower.

 

Compared to air pressures of from 40-80 psi (conventional method), the TP-90 HVLP System uses air pressure in the 4-5 psi range, but supplies 60-80 cfm of air.  This means that there is less overspray, less bounceback and more paint gets on the product being painted.  This is called "transfer rate"; and the higher the transfer rate, the more paint is being applied to the product and the less that is going into the atmosphere or into your shop on the walls, floors, filters, etc.  Conventional spray equipment normally produces about a 25% to 35% transfer rate, while our HVLP System will produce a transfer rate of over 65%.  Imagine the paint savings!

Our TP-90 Pro-Line HVLP System can quickly pay for itself, on account of the huge savings of paint and thinners, as well as less maintenance to your shop, since paint filters and fans last longer, due to reduced overspray.  This is a win-win situation and everyone benefits. The EPA loves HVLP because of these advantages.  We love HVLP as it is easy to operate, and users are always happy with their purchase, due to the savings of materials.

CONVENTIONAL HIGH PRESSURE SPRAY GUNS

In a typical High-Pressure spray gun, the airflow enters the rear of the gun, blowing out of the nozzle.  As this air blows through the nozzle, by suction, the paint is pulled up into the air stream, much the same as the operation of a siphon-fed abrasive blaster.  However, it is necessary to atomize (break into small droplets) the paint as it exits the nozzle.  This is accomplished by many air jets, which surround the center of the nozzle.  Air from these jets is forced into the paint stream at various angles, and the result is an evenly distributed mixture of paint and air, which is blown towards the surface being painted.

Unfortunately, the above process uses high volumes of air, and this air is forced through the nozzle at high pressure of about 40-80 psi.  The result is that, while the paint is well atomized, the high pressure used to do this creates a lot of “overspray” and bounceback of the paint as it hits the surface.  This results in a lower transfer rate, as much of the paint is not being evenly applied to the surface. Instead, overspray is blown into the surrounding air, resulting in paint on the floor, walls and lights, paint filters that quickly clog, as well as very cloudy conditions in which to work.  This creates not only a viewing problem, but also a health problem.

HVLP TURBINE SYSTEM

Most HVLP guns are designed to work with a turbine system, which supplies large volumes of warm, dry, oil-free air to the paint gun.  Turbine systems use a series of multi-finned blades that turn at very high rpm (revolutions per minute).  They can be plugged into any 115 volt outlet and are quite portable. Our TP-90 HVLP Pro-Line Series has a dual filtration system on the rear of the housing, to ensure that the air supply is perfectly free of contaminants. As the air is pulled through these filters and through the finned blades of the turbine, it is completely free of oil and relatively free of moisture, as the air is heated slightly as it passes through the turbine to the spray gun. This is the conventional method used by most operators today.    

Not only do they have the advantage of portability, an expensive air compressor is not required to spray-paint with our TP-90 HVLP Pro-Line System. Even if you already have an air compressor, the compressor can be used to supply air for other air tools around the shop.

HVLP CONVERSION GUNS

It is possible to use an HVLP Conversion Gun with a conventional air compressor, instead of a turbine system. An HVLP Conversion Gun is not to be confused with the special high-efficiency gun used in our HVLP Paint Spray Systems.  If you decide to purchase an HVLP Conversion Gun to use with your existing air compressor, you will require a dedicated air compressor of at least 3 HP (5 HP is better) to supply the continual source of air that is required.  Always be sure to check the air requirements for whichever gun you select, or call our Tech Line for professional advice (1-800-321-9260).  At TP Tools you can select either an HVLP Conversion Gun or a complete HVLP Spray System. Based on our years of experience, we recommend the complete HVLP System.

HVLP Conversion Guns are described in our catalog and are available with Standard Cup or Gravity Cup (cup above gun).  Prices range from the very expensive to lower-priced imports.  Initially, you may want to consider a lower-priced gun.  After becoming familiar with the HVLP process, you can always use the lower-priced gun for primer and small jobs, reserving the more expensive HVLP Conversion Gun for special show-car-quality paint jobs. Even though you will use the same amount of air as a conventional spray gun, you will have the benefit of paint savings and other advantages of the HVLP as previously described.  If you need technical help in choosing either an HVLP Conversion Gun or complete HVLP Spray System, feel free to call our Tech Line at 800-321-9260.

FEATURES OF OUR TP-90 HVLP PRO-LINE SERIES

In addition to being made in the USA, all of our HVLP Systems have 2 Stage motors to provide the necessary power for various purposes.  Why 2 Stage Motors?  Based on our many years of experience, we have found that 2 stage turbine motors are less complicated, generate less heat and are more or less "problem free" as compared to 3-stage units sold by others. We have experimented with various motors during the past 20 years or so and utilize a very powerful and extremely efficient motor, which is made in the USA. In addition, our HVLP motors have air-sealed bearings, which are permanently lubricated. This will give you extended motor life (many others have open bearings and may not be permanently lubricated).  As the turbine operates at very high speed, motor quality and life are important features.  Our turbine motors are unconditionally guaranteed for two (2) years, although most users report that the motors last for many years under normal conditions.

At the rear of our popular TP-90 HVLP Pro-Line SERIES turbines is a dual filter. The inner filter provides about 120” square inches of filtering area.  To protect this filter, we have an outer filter, or final filter, which is easily and economically replaced as needed. These air filters are 15” off the ground, designed to minimize drawing dusty or cold air off the floor of your shop. One thing that you want when spray painting is clean air, and our HVLP Turbine Systems will certainly provide exactly what you need.  Often, dust in the paint job comes from dirt from the air supply itself.  With our system, this is not possible, due to the dual filtration.

All of our HVLP Spray Guns are “solvent safe”, which means that you remove the cup, fill it with enamel reducer or lacquer thinner and immerse the front cap of the gun in the thinner overnight.  There are no leather seals, o-rings, or compression seals to worry about. These features are not always noticeable, but will provide you with many years of satisfactory service. (Gun can also be used with water-base paints).

The HVLP Pro-Line Series Spray Guns have a stainless steel fluid needle, fluid nozzle and trigger stem, as well as the internal components of the 1-quart cup itself, for years of dependable service.  They also have chrome-plated castings and aluminum air caps for fast, easy cleaning.  You will appreciate these features; and, with a little practice, you can paint professionally fairly easily.

CASE HISTORY - PAINT SAVINGS

In the late 1980’s, as an Ohio manufacturer of Abrasive Blasting Cabinets, we (Skat Blast, Inc.) used conventional paint spray equipment for painting our extensive line of equipment.  At the time, we were using about 10 gallons of paint daily, along with about an equal amount of paint thinner, part of which was used for cleanup purposes.  In addition to the cost factor, we were greatly concerned about the total amount of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) being emitted into the air.  At the time, the paint cost was about $20 per gallon and the thinner was about $5 per gallon, or roughly $250 per day in material cost. 

Using our HVLP System, paint consumption was reduced to about 5 gallons per day and thinners were reduced to about 7 gallons per day, resulting in an immediate saving of $115 daily. On a 5-day work schedule, this resulted in a weekly savings of $575, or enough to pay for a new HVLP Paint System each week!  In addition, the maintenance schedule of filter changes and paint room cleanup was cut roughly in half, further proof of the cost savings.

The paint spray operators noticed a cleaner environment and better visibility when painting; and paint fumes were reduced significantly, due to reduced overspray. There was no noticeable difference in the quality of the finish, although in reality more paint was being applied to the product, resulting in a higher gloss and heavier coat of protective paint. Operator Badge Tests conducted by the Ohio EPA further documented the reduction in overspray in the paint spray area.  Since that time, Skat Blast has never again used conventional spray painting equipment for any other purposes, and our older paint spray guns have long been scrapped as being obsolete and unsuitable for painting in today’s environmentally-conscious world. 

CASE HISTORY - MARINE USE

An Ohio boater noticed that the canvas top of his boat was starting to leak and needed a new coat of water repellent.  However, he was concerned about doing the job, as the top was too large for aerosol sprays and of concern were the other boats at the adjoining docks if a paint spray system were used.  Taking a TP-90 HVLP System to the dock, he began to spray the top, with only a minimal amount of masking tape and newspaper required over the windshield. 

About halfway through the project, the owner of the marina asked what he was doing and where was his air compressor?  The TP-90 HVLP was plugged into the 115-volt dock outlet, and the 38’ hose easily reached all areas required.  After observing this, the marina owner then asked about getting overspray on the other boats, which were docked on each side.  There was virtually no overspray, and the job was completed in a short time.  To say that the marina owner was impressed is an understatement.

The following winter, he purchased two (2) TP-90 HVLP Systems for use around the marina and is now able to do boat painting and restoration never before possible, due to the reduced overspray.  Large boats are in use in the summer months; so most work of this type must be done in the winter.  Our HVLP opened up new opportunities for this customer.

CASE HISTORY - WOODEN FENCING

In most areas, it is required that a fence be used to enclose a swimming pool.  For privacy, a wooden fence is sometimes desirable but has some maintenance costs involved. In this case, there was a 6 ft. high wooden stake fence about 250 ft. in length (125 ft. per side). 15 gallons of stain were purchased for staining this fence, as the wood was expected to soak in the stain quite readily. Initially; a conventional paint spray system was used with a 30-gallon portable gasoline-driven air compressor used to supply the air required to operate the spray gun.  After spraying about 1/2 of the job, 10 gallons of stain were almost exhausted. and there was only 5 gallons of stain remaining!  Since this was a weekend job, and the paint store was closed, it was decided to try a new TP-90 HVLP Paint Spray System to see if the job could be completed without waiting until the next week.  What a pleasant surprise – not only was the job completed, there was about an extra gallon of stain left for touchup purposes!  In addition, you could easily tell where the HVLP took over, as there was almost no overspray on the grass outside of the pool.  The surfaces of all areas were identical in appearance. This proved again that a TP-90 HVLP Series can save about 50% of the material cost and will quickly pay for itself.

HVLP IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Our TP-90 HVLP Pro-Line Series and our other HVLP guns meet current EPA/OSHA standards as a high-volume, low-pressure system.  This type of system makes conventional paint spraying systems obsolete.  Soon it will be MANDATORY that this type of system be used for spray painting in all parts of the world.  With our TP-90 HVLP Pro-Line Series, or choice of many HVLP Conversion Guns, you can enjoy the convenience and cost savings today.

WHICH NOZZLE/AIR CAP SHOULD I SELECT?

As standard equipment with our HVLP Pro-Line Series, we include a 1.0 mm nozzle and a 1.0 mm needle and a new "multi-cap".  From experience, we have determined that this is the best setup for most automotive painting requirements, such as spraying of lacquers, enamels, base coats, urethanes and standard automotive primers.   This setup also works for woodworking shops (stains and lacquers).

If you plan on spraying clear coats and fill-in primers, you may want to purchase a 1.4 mm nozzle set, which has larger orifices.  We recommend that you purchase this nozzle set as an accessory, rather than changing the original setup, due to the popularity of the original setup.  For heavy-duty applications, such as heavier paints, epoxies, latex and oil base wall paints, you can purchase a 1.8 mm nozzle set. Please feel free to call our Tech Line for additional information for special purposes. 1-800-321-9260 (live operators at TP Tools - no waiting or long recordings).

One feature that we have not yet mentioned is the ease of adjusting the pattern of the spray. This is accomplished simply by adjusting the outer cap in or out to make the spray pattern up to a 12” fan or as small as an eraser on the end of a pencil – which approaches the capability of an air brush.  You will often find new uses every day when using an HVLP Gold Series.

WHAT ABOUT THE AIR SUPPLY HOSE TO THE HVLP?

Included with all of our units, as standard equipment, is a 33’ air supply hose and a 5’ whip hose, which is flexible and, since it is at the gun end of the hose, takes some abuse.  This is helpful, as the shorter whip hose can be easily and inexpensively replaced.  All HVLP air supply hoses are 3/4” inside diameter to handle the large volume required for low-pressure painting and are easily connected with a swivel-type connector, much the same as on a garden hose.  An additional feature on all of our units is an air control valve, which is connected at the bottom of the HVLP Gun.  When painting a doorjamb or other small area, this valve can be slightly closed to further reduce the spray pattern as well as the amount of air, virtually eliminating overspray.

WHAT ABOUT THINNING THE PAINT?

Paint is thinned much the same as conventional spray guns, as most paints made today are manufactured for HVLP use. Turbine air is high-volume, slightly heated air, causing evaporating reducers to react faster. In most cases, a slower reducer should be used, or additional thinning may be required. Ask your paint supplier for his exact recommendations, as all paints are different and require different thinners.  Feel free to call our Tech Line for additional information at any time - 1-800-321-9260. (Live operators always on duty - no buttons to push and no recordings).

WHAT NOZZLE/JET SETUP DO YOU RECOMMEND?

For automotive spray painting, we like to start off with our standard setup of a 1.0 mm nozzle set. This setup atomizes the paint well, with less chance of runs or sags. The size of the fan itself can be changed easily by turning the air cap in or out and/or slightly closing the air inlet valve on the side of the inlet hose. This is very helpful when spray painting in confined areas, such as along the inside edges of door jambs, where overspray must be minimized, so as not to get paint on the interior of the vehicle.

After you become more comfortable with our HVLP, you may want to try the 1.4 mm nozzle set. The 1.4 mm setup is good for heavier primers, clear coats and other types of paints that have heavier consistency. A 1.8 mm setup is also available. Every paint manufacturer has different specifications and paints have different characteristics, so you will be experimenting for awhile until you get the right combination for your particular application. With practice, you will be able to obtain professional results.

IS a TP-90 Pro-Line HVLP Spray System for me?

If you are doing any type of spray painting or staining, it is likely that you need to move into the latest technology and start enjoying a cleaner environment.  Not only will you save on paint and thinner, you will be amazed at the low amount of overspray and reduced maintenance costs in the paint spray area. All HVLP Gold Paint Spray Systems are Made in USA and sold on an unconditional 30-day Trial Period.  Try one in your own shop for 30 days. Test it with stains, lacquers, urethanes, enamels, primers, etc.  If you are not completely satisfied, return it to us prepaid in the original carton for a full refund, except for freight costs and small cleanup charge if not properly cleaned.  Need more information?  Call our Tech Line: 1-800-321-9260.

* Note: When spray painting, always observe all safety and environmental precautions.  Paint spraying should be done in an approved paint spray booth, with explosion proof lighting and a proper filtration system.  When using our HVLP system, the life of paint filters and overall maintenance costs of your paint spray booth will be greatly extended, due to the reduced overspray.

Call or write today for a descriptive Catalog, or order on line at www.tptools.com .  On special request, we will be glad to mail you an Instruction Booklet on our HVLP Systems for more complete and detailed information. We have a Toll Free Tech Line and Order Line: 1-800-321-9260 that is manned by live persons who will be most happy to help you.  When you call, you speak to a live person in Ohio and will not have to push buttons or talk to a recording.  This is our way of doing business.


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