Spray Station FAQ's

 

  • Q. The spray is very blotchy/splatters. What can I do?
    A. The paint requires thinning further (3.3 ounces to 4.3 ounces of the appropriate thinner).
  • Q. What might be wrong if Intermittent spraying occurs?
    A. The pick-up tube is loose. Push in.
    B. The paint container is not tight enough. Hold the paint container and turn the spray gun.
    C. The paint requires more thinning/mixing.
  • Q. It has stopped spraying during use. What might be wrong?
    A. The fluid tip may be blocked with paint. Also, check the air feed hole underneath the fluid tip.
  • Q. I am getting an 'orange peel' effect. What can I do?
    A. The paint is being applied too thick. Turn the volume down, spray lighter coats, and use a smaller fluid tip and needle.
    B. The paint is drying before it hits the surface. Hold the spray gun closer to the item being sprayed.
    C. Spray Gun is not being held perpendicular to surface. Keep wrist and arm straight and move whole body. Keep spray gun an even distance from surface.
  • Q. Can I get different sized fluid tips?
    A. Yes, you can get 1.0mm, 1.5mm and 2.5mm.
  • Q. Will the SprayStation spray exterior latex/masonry paint?
    A. Yes, but with sufficient dilution and a 2.5mm fluid tip. This is better for walls and smaller areas rather than a whole house exterior because you will need to apply approximately 3 coats.
  • Q. Do I need to mask anything?
    A. Although there is minimum overspray with HVLP technology you will always get a spray mist in the atmosphere, so it is advisable to mask over appliance sockets, light fittings etc. Also, cover any furniture in the area you are spraying with appropriate sheeting.
  • Q. Will the Spray Gun I use spray different types of paint?
    A. Yes, but for different thicknesses different size Fluid Tips are available to achieve an improved finish . For example, 1.5mm for gloss paint or lacquers. (see needle chart for grade)
  • Q. Does the viscosity guide cover all types of sprayers?
    A. No, it is only for Earlex SprayStations.
  • Q. I have thinned the paint to the correct viscosity but it splatters everywhere, what can I do?
    A. You will need to thin it further. The viscosity test is a general guide to get the paint flowing. The timings can vary amongst various paint manufacturers. Try adding 3.3-4.4 ounces of the appropriate thinner then stir. See more about thinning at How-to section.
  • Q. What do I thin the paint with?
    A. Water if water based. White spirit if solvent based. Cellulose if cellulose based.
  • Q. Can I spray Hammerite?
    A. It is possible to spray but you will need to thin it nearly 50:50 with Hammerite thinners.
  • Q. The paint I want to spray says ‘for brush or roller use only’. Can I spray this?
    A. This is usually because the paint manufacturer does not test it for spraying, However, most will spray with dilution. Always check with the manufacturer or our service department first.
  • Q. Can I use my SprayStation for artificial suntan solution?
    A. No, the unit is not certified for this use or any other use not specified in the instructions. It will also invalidate the manufacturer’s guarantee.

 

Finishing Tips by Charles Neil

 

Hints & Tips

  • Preparation is essential - remember to mask around the areas you are not spraying.
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  • Allow time for drying between coats.
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  • Fine coats will generally dry faster than heavier coats. This will allow you to build up coats faster and there is less likelihood of the paint running.
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  • Make sure interior rooms are well ventilated when you are spraying and when paint is drying.
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  • We recommend the use of a spray mask when spraying.
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  • Avoid spraying when windy.

 

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