Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Titan TR2 Spray Tip

I picked up a TR2 brochure at the Sherwin Williams Super Show and scanned in the product brochure. The pictures should enlarge by clicking on them. I saw this in action as a demo today and it was SWEEEEET! It is the new must have tip!






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Sherwin Williams Super Show at Denver Convention Center 2011


This years paint trade show was Awesome! Food, Prizes and a bunch of paint nerds.

Sherwin Williams annual paint show is held in the Denver Convention Center. They had a great turn out for vendors including: Graco, Titan, Messmers, Duraseal, Global Polishing, 3M, Purdy.

I think one of the coolest products this year was the dual airless spray tip from Titan. This tip has a wide fan pattern and a smaller fan pattern built into one. The smaller fan is approximately 1/3 the size of the wide fan. This eliminates the need to switch out tips when switching from body to trim.

There is still a big buzz around the EPA's new lead abatement program. Any home painted prior to 1978 has to follow strict guidelines for painting procedures or pay expensive fines up to 30k! The big delima is that honest paint contractors rates are going to increase significantly to abide to new guidelines making most repaints for older homes unaffordable.

Overall the show was put together well. I cant speak for all but I had a good time, learned a lot, and will be back next year.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

How to Paint a 6 Panel Steel Door





The goal of this article is to explain the process and the reasoning behind the method of paining a six panel steel door.

Procedure
Painting a six panel door is as easy as paint by number. The photo on the left give the order of each panel to be painted. When painting these types of doors we use large 3.5 inch wall brushes to deliver a greater amount of paint in less time. One one properly loaded brush one should be able to paint both number each number. When viewing the image each number should be treated as an individual step. i.e. there are six number "1" sections to paint,  six number "2" sections, and so on.

When painting a six panel door by hand start will all the 1's, then 2's, then 3's and so on. Although it seems odd to paint it like this there is sound reasoning.








Reasoning

Here is a picture of a six panel wood door on the left. I have put arrows over the panels of the door to show the direction of the wood grain. A wooden six panel door is actually constructed of fifteen individual pieces. When we paint a door by hand we leave unavoidable brush marks on the surface. These brush marks are less visible when they are in the direction of each individual panel of the door.



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