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   Safety While Spray Painting


Almost everything that's manufactured, built, or repaired goes through a finishing process. By cleaning, sealing, and painting, products are made ready for purchase. There are two reasons for using finishes. First, it looks better. And second, it protects the product from wear by its user or by time in the elements.

One of the most common finishing processes is spray painting. Developed along with the mass production concept, it has even become popular in the consumer market. Two of its chief attributes are speed and efficiency. This system paints 975 pieces an hour. Another benefit is the even coating spray painting puts over the surface of the object, often to tolerances of one ml or less.

As manufacturers have looked for ways to improve production processes to reduce costs and improve products, spray-painting technology has rapidly advanced to help fill their needs. Now there are a number of spray paint equipment options for even a modest-sized operation. New coatings have been developed, too. A change in processor coating is easier because of these options.

Changes can be made for a range of reasons, among them greater product protection. There's another protection objective that can't be ignored whenever decisions about finishing processes are being made: painters. The health hazards posed by their jobs are real.

Every finishing process has its advantages and disadvantages, but you should make choices about finishing operations with a dual protection objective: What's best-suited to your products and your painters?

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