Spray gun set up

B. Howard

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Seems there are always lots of questions about spray finishing and sometimes it can seem like there is a fair amount of voodoo involved but in reality it is a fairly easy and straight forward process. One thing that never seems to get much mention is proper set up of the gun and proper technique in using it. So to help with that here is an article I wrote on the topic. Hope some of you find this helpful.

Brian Howard's guitar building & repair blog: SPRAY GUN SETUP & TECHNIQUE
 

charisjapan

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Brian, thank you very much! Very timely, as I'm just about to spray for the first time ... after almost 50 years of using rattle cans.

Cheers from Japan!

cj
 

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Nice job Brian,
Trial by error and now my spray technique is just fine.
Wish I had this 8 years ago... hahaa!
 

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That is a great tutorial. I have the exact same spray gun and after getting some help from a friend and playing with all the settings and dials with thinner and cardboard, I have a much better understanding of the dos and don'ts. Now I just have to up my production so I don't have to relearn everything when I get to spray another guitar in 6 months! ;-) Damn day job!

Cheers Peter.
 

LtDave32

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Great thread and tip, B. Howard.

I would like to add this:

Learn your gun. Know your gun. Know every thing it's going to do at every pressure setting, spray-pattern setting, trigger mix, etc. Learn how it reacts to both thick and thin mixes, etc.

When you've used your gun enough to really know your gun, you can get really enhanced, professional results from it.

No surprises = fewer mistakes.
 




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