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High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP)

High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) refers to a type of paint sprayer system that uses a high volume of air at a low pressure to atomize paint. This means that the material is broken down into very fine particles, which results in a smoother finish with less overspray.

Pictured above is Grand Illusion Decorative Painting, inc applying the Crystal Lacquer topcoat by HV’Art Paint & Lacquer System.

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THE BENEFITS

There are several benefits to using HVLP sprayer systems:

  1. Reduced overspray: HVLP sprayers produce less overspray than traditional sprayer systems, which means that less paint is wasted and there is less mess to clean up.
  2. Smoother finish: The fine particles of paint created by HVLP sprayers can result in a smoother, more even finish.
  3. More environmentally friendly: Because they use less paint, HVLP sprayers are more environmentally friendly than traditional spray guns.
  4. Safer to use: HVLP sprayers produce less airborne fumes than traditional spray guns, making them safer to use. *PPE still needed
  5. Saves money on material:   Since less material is put into the air, you waste less of your material, therefore saving you money.

THE APPLICATIONS

HVLP sprayers can be used for a variety of applications, including:

WHAT TO CONSIDER

Things to consider before using an HVLP sprayer system:

  • HVLP sprayer systems can be more expensive than traditional spray guns.
  • They can also be noisier than traditional spray guns.
  • HVLP sprayer systems require more maintenance than traditional spray guns units.

Overall, HVLP sprayers are a GREAT option for anyone who wants to achieve a professional-looking finish with less mess and waste. If you are considering using an HVLP sprayer, be sure to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.

You can use an HVLP to spray thick materials with a high solids cup, materials such as liquid metal products (which use a process called Cold Metallization).  Pierre Finkelstein of Grand Illusion Decorative Painting uses his Apollo Precision sprayer to spray MIDAS Metall® finishes.

Pierre Finkelstein with his Apollo HVLP Sprayer

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