of the real success stories in the collision repair industry is
the introduction of HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) spray guns.
Experience in numerous Canadian shops demonstrates that these guns
consistently reduce paint consumption, save money, and improve the
environment. HVLP guns can achieve far greater transfer efficiency
than conventional guns. Since more paint sticks to the vehicle,
paint mists are reduced, it takes less paint to recoat the repaired
area, and there are fewer emissions to the environment. An HVLP
spray gun is an important tool for reducing overspray and painting
safely. It's a real win-win situation.
transfer efficiency reduces pollution at its source, so the painter
is exposed to fewer paint fumes. The working environment in a spray
booth is cleaner, and the load on ventilation system and spray booth
filters is reduced. Emissions to the atmosphere are greatly reduced.
You may also save money on booth maintenance by using HVLP guns.
has been estimated that transfer efficiency when using HVLP guns
can be improved from 20 to 40% or more. Depending upon your paint
costs, this can result in savings of thousands of dollars per year.
The following HVLP 'Cost Calculator' will allow you to estimate
your potential monthly and annual savings in paint costs.
forget, if your gun is going to use, say, 25% less paint, you will
need to mix 25% less paint. You won't be saving any money if you
pour the excess paint into your waste drum!
is one other benefit for adopting HVLP spray guns in your shop:
It can keep you ahead of the regulatory curve. Many jurisdictions
in the USA now require the use of high transfer spray guns. In the
Vancouver, B.C. area, shops are required to use high efficiency
spray guns. For details see: http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/air/pdfs/EmissionRegulations_AutoRefinishing.pdf
time, this requirement will likely take hold throughout the rest
are a number of shops that have had great success with conversion
to HVLP. You can find a typical success story in the web site below.
Cost-effective, environment-friendly technology - save on paint;
protect your health and the environment; reduce paint overspray
and emissions Developed by the EPA Design for the Environment (DfE)
Auto Refinish Project.