When it comes to spray painting, ventilation is one of the most important factors to consider when planning your project. The home spray painter must take into consideration how much spray painting is to be done and think about re-locating the job outside if possible.
However the single most important safety device to have near the spray painter is the eyewash station. Eyewash stations consist of a plastic squeeze bottle filled with sterilized saline solution. A special cup attachment that fits close to the eye is at the neck of the bottle. In the event that a harmful chemical is splashed into the eye, the eyewash saline solution is flushed into the eye by squeezing the bottle repeatedly.
The more ventilation you have the better. Industrial spray painters often work in large paint booths which have heavy duty fans and duct systems which remove the fumes from the air and trap the paint particles in fiberglass type filters for disposal later on. Also very common in industrial settings are water wash paint booths. The water wash paint booth consists of a large basin of water installed at the back of the spray booth. Metal lats installed vertically right behind the spraying area have water from the basin pumped up to the top of the lats and create what looks like a waterfall.
Whether you are spray painting a small piece in your garage or workshop at home, or you work as an industrial spray painter, there are safety concerns that need to be addressed to ensure the safety of the painter and the people around him.
HVLP stands for high-volume, low pressure. They are more efficient and cause less over spray than standard spray paint guns. If you do a lot of spray finishing, an HVLP spray paint gun can save you money over the long run because you will use less paint. You can use your shop air compressor’s powerful air output to run a spray paint gun. A trigger operated spray paint gun takes paint or finish and mixes it with high pressure air. The paint is atomized and sprayed out in a cone shape to produce a neat and controllable pattern. An experienced painter can produce very nice finishes smoothly and with a professional look.
These operate connected to a high pressure pump commonly found using 300 to 7,500 pounds per square inch (2,100â€“52,000 kPa) pressure to atomize the coating, using different tip sizes to achieve desired atomization and spray pattern size. This type of system is used by contract painters to paint heavy duty industrial, chemical and marine coatings and linings.
Think of early spray painters who did not have any of these safety systems in place. Imagine the first victims of volatile flash point! Or those who died from lung cancer because they had inadequate safety equipment.
Paint spraying is a method that is typically employed by professional painters and contractors. Paint spraying eliminates the need for traditional brushes and rollers that, as mentioned earlier, can be time consuming. Through the use of an air gun and compressor, painters can get a smooth, even finish the first time saving them time spent painting as well as money on materials. This is how many painters and contractors are able to complete jobs quickly and efficiently giving them the opportunity to take on more paint jobs.
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