Can a Flawless Liquid Coating Finish be Achieved?

What are the best practices to achieve a flawless liquid coating finish? J.B. Haydell from Accudraft shares the details on avoiding dust, debris and other contaminants while spraying.

On the Line Podcast

PF’s On the Line podcast presents stories from the world of finishing in the voices of those who are in the trenches doing the work. Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform.

Expanding Medical Coating Capabilities

One company’s approach to broadening its functional coatings offerings to further serve the medical sector.
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Lacquering Solution Enables Aerospace Coatings

Aerospace industry coating provider Aero-Coating GmbH invests in Venjakob multi-purpose lacquering system.

Considerations for Selecting an Aircraft Paint Booth

Global Finishing Solutions offers insights into selecting a paint booth designed for aircraft.
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Finishing Hall of Fame

  • 2020 Finishing Hall of Fame Inductees

    Brad Andreae, the late Dr. George Dubpernell, Jim Jones, the late Daniel Leonhardt and Clifford Roy are selected for the 2020 Finishing Hall of Fame inductee class.

  • 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Abner Brenner, Dr. George E.F. Brewer, Daniel Brockman, Richard Crain, Pieter de Lange, Ronald Duncan, Dr. Erwin Gemmer, David Marsh and Blair Vandivier were picked by an independent panel of industry executives.

  • 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Jack Berg, Nathan Feldstein, George Hogaboom, Joseph Kushner, Harold Read and Charles Walker are honored.

LATEST Pretreatment for Painting VIDEOS

Wireless Carrier Fleet Provides Modular Overhead Conveyance

Wireless, modular conveyor system provides flexibility and scalability for carrying parts through finishing processes.

Applications Innovation Leads to Better Masking Solutions

When masking product failures are costing you money, it pays to work with an expert that can select or engineer the most efficient solution.

Painting the Mars 2020 Rover

The Mars 2020 rover Perseverance is on its way to the red planet. What kind of surface finish will protect the rover as it does its job? This video from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows how NASA technicians paint the rover for withstanding the harsh environment of Mars.


Adjusting Viscosity in Liquid Coatings

Mike Bonner of Saint Clair Systems discusses the problems that can arise from adding solvents to liquid coatings to adjust viscosity. 

Mike Bonner is the vice president of engineering and technology for Saint Clair Systems.  Q: My paint supplier gets really edgy when we add solvent to our coatings to adjust viscosity. Since it all comes out in the oven, does it really matter? A: Most coaters don’t think about the fact that adding solvent to reduce the viscosity of their coating is fundamentally changing the formulation of their paint. But ...READ MORE

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Mitigating Water Condensation

Mike Bonner of Saint Clair Systems discusses how to avoid paint defects caused by condensation resulting from compressed air used for atomizers.

How to Reduce Waste for Two-Component Coatings

John Owed of Carlisle Fluid Technology suggests fluid metering equipment to reduce solvent and coating waste for multiple-component coatings.

How to Minimize Plug Loss and Leakage During Coating

Custom Fabricating and Supplies offers several tips to manufacturers having trouble with plug loss and leakage during coating.

How to Choose the Right Atomizing Spray Nozzle

Choosing the correct atomizing spray nozzle for your needs can be difficult. Thankfully, the engineers from EXAIR Corporation have designed a simple guide for choosing the nozzle you’ll need.

When to Use Air Spray Guns or Rotary Bell Atomizers for Robotics

For automated finishing, are air spray guns or rotary bell atomizers better? Mark Dion from Dürr Systems explains the pros and cons of both for robotic painting.

Pressure and Flow Control in Spray Guns and Rotary Atomizers

Tighter controls of paint flow and pressure may help finishers improve efficiency and profits. 


Cortec Releases New Rust Preventative

The new VpCI-330 rust preventative offers corrosion protection with an improved user experience

Sames Kremlin Announces Entry-level Airspray Gun

Sames Kremlin has added the FSTART, a new high-quality entry-level Airspray gun, to its range of Airspray manual spray guns

X-Rite and Pantone's Pantora Makes Digital Material Samples

X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC have updated their Pantora application to connect with X-Rite spectrophotometers, enabling brands to convert physical materials into digital samples.

PPG Launches Coating for CUI Conditions

PPG debuts PPG HI-TEMP 1027HD coating for corrosion-under-insulation applications in North America.

Carlisle Fluid Technologies Unveils Spray Foam System

Carlisle’s IntelliSpray System offers true ratio control, reducing the risk of spraying off ratio jobs.

Carlisle iFlow GP Maximizes Dispensing Versatility

Carlisle’s new i-Flow GP shot meter dispensing system provides a versatile solution for applying single-component sealants and adhesives.