Which Spray System Is Right for You?
What's good and not so good about four kinds of sprayers
Synopsis: Finishing chemist Chris A. Minick explains how a spray gun works and how gun composition affects the kind of finishes you can spray. There are internal and external mix high-pressure guns, and high-pressure, low-volume guns. There are airless spray systems, too, and Minick explains how you make a choice among the options. He offers side information on evaluating spray patterns.
Mention the names Delta, General or Powermatic to a bunch of cabinetmakers, and everyone in the group will know you’re talking about woodworking machinery. Mention DeVilbiss, Mattson or Sharpe to the same crowd, and you’ll likely get some blank stares. Those companies are just three out of dozens that make spray-finishing equipment. Chances are, though, many woodworkers just don’t know as much about choosing a spray system as they do about buying a tablesaw. Considering that a high-quality spray system costs as much as a decent tablesaw ($700 or…