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Looking for inexpensive paint method
We are setting up an operation to make shipping racks for a local manufacturer. They need a crude paint job just to make them look uniform and to provide some rust protection. Cost is the major driving factor. We will be locating near a residential area so, regulations aside, a noticeable paint odor is unacceptable. To keep the cost down, I want to air dry. Drying time is not crucial, we can stage parts for several hours if necessary. I don't want to generate any more paint waste, or environmental contamination than is absolutely necessary. Can you recommend a process to meet my needs?Mark Runnels
- Augusta, Georgia
It probably depends on the volume. Electropainting would probably meet all of your needs at a low unit cost once the equipment is amortized, but the equipment is quite expensive.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
It sounds to me like an electrostatic HVLP (high volume low pressure) setup is what you are looking for. It is not bad priced, but it is significantly higher priced than going to a local store and buying a knockoff Binks or Devilbiss regular paint gun.James Watts
- Navarre, Florida
The description does not give clear idea about the size of racks. If those are small, then Dipping is the simplest process. Secondly if the water based paints are cheap there then those are preferred.Aniruddha Oak
- Mumbai, India
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