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How Does Substrate Color Affect Ink Selection?

When selecting an ink for your marking system, several variables affect it’s selection.  One variable affecting the selection of the proper ink is the color of the substrate.  Dark colored substrates such as steel often require a pigmented ink to produce bright, visible results.  These inks contain solid pigments which provide the bright color they are known for.  This requires…

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What are some Common Issues with My Spray Gun?

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Spray Gun Problems All spray guns are tools that are engineered to tight specifications and (this is especially true of automatics) have a large number of small parts that must work together in unison in order to give you an effective spray cycle with no leaks. However, even though there are upwards of 40 parts in a single spray…

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Why is Paint Settling in my Spray Gun?

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Paint Settling In Spray Gun Material settling is an issue among anyone working with paint or any other material that has suspended particles such as colored inks, dyes, etc. This issue is caused the suspended particles that account for that material’s pigment, color, consistency and adhesion characteristics. Materials that feature these characteristics are called suspensions and they are extremely…

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What is the Importance of Air Cap Maintenance?

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Air Cap Maintenance One of the main issues that comes up in any spray project, especially those working with adhesives or abrasive materials, is buildup on the air cap that can significantly affect your spray pattern. Depending on the material you are using this can happen fairly quickly. The air cap is machined with several tiny holes that shape…

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How Do I Choose An Air Spray Gun?

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Spray Gun Choice With so many different types and models of spray guns available, it may be difficult trying to choose which one would work best for your process. There are a number of criteria to consider when deciding which type of spray gun to go with. Doing a little bit of research and knowing your capabilities will go…

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Powder Coating Tips

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Powder Coating Tips Properly grounding your part is one of the most important steps to take when applying a powder coat. The powder is charged and utilizes an electrical field to attract and adhere to the part before it is baked on. If your part is not properly grounded then your powder will have a hard time sticking, and…

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How Do I Start Powder Coating?

When diving into the world of powder coating, just like any type of coating, surface prep is always key to obtaining great results. In the case of powder coating, media or sandblasting is essential in the surface preparation process. It serves two purposes that are critical in making sure your coating adheres properly and doesn’t fail altogether or start…

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What are Air Assisted Airless Spray Guns? Are there any advantages?

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Air Assisted Airless spray guns are a great asset in the field when you need some more control over your spray pattern while still laying down a large amount of material. It differs from airless in a couple of key ways. Primarily, the pressures that AAA equipment operate at are much lower than traditional airless. Airless equipment traditionally involves…

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