Q. I am a design engineer for a company that makes components for firearms. Many of the components are decorated by painting, and they must have excellent looking finishes. We are considering upgrading our present 20-year-old paint line and I’ve been assigned the task of finding the best painting methods and equipment.
I’m not really up-to-date on painting operations. Therefore, I have some questions relating to automatic spray guns. I am considering HVLP. I just finished reading the “So You Want to Paint—Where to Start” article by Dale Stitt in the March 2011 issue of Products Finishing. HVLP spray gun jumped out as a possibility for painting our products. I was wondering if you could help me make a choice between the various types of HVLP guns and the various suppliers of that equipment. P.E.