Decorators, we know that decorating is more than just a job; if that’s all we wanted, there are plenty of easier professions to be in. We’re decorators by choice, and to us, it’s an art form. But whether you’re a veteran with decades of experience or a skilled decorator with a couple of years under your belt, there’s always room to elevate your game.
If you’ve read any of our previous blogs, you’ll know us for our airless spray courses or our passion for kitchen decorating, but this blog is slightly different. In this blog, we’re going to discuss High Volume Low Pressure spraying techniques, or as it’s more commonly known, HVLP. In this blog, we want to give you valuable insights into why HVLP is a game-changer for your decorating business.
Spraying vs. Brushing and Rolling: The Time and Quality Dilemma
Let’s face it; traditional brushing and rolling can be time-consuming. The hours spent meticulously applying paint to surfaces can add up quickly, eating into your productivity and potential profit margins. Moreover, achieving a flawless finish with a brush and roller is a difficult job in itself. Imperfections, streaks, and uneven coverage are common challenges. Plus if you’ve been at this game a long time, you’ll be feeling the pain in the hands, holding the brush day in and day out, going around all those curves and ridges on furniture. This is where HVLP comes to the rescue.
The Perfect Finish Every Time
With HVLP, you’re not just painting; you’re crafting a masterpiece. OK, that sounds a bit cliche, but I’m not far from the truth. There’s something about the movements an HVLP spray painter makes when applying paint. The controlled, low-pressure spray ensures an even and consistent coat of paint. Unlike brush marks and roller splodges, HVLP gives you a finish that’s not just great but, with experience, perfect. We’ve seen the look on our customer’s faces when they see that flawless look in their furniture. It’s an off-the-shelf look with the sentimental value still attached. Remember, their satisfaction is your key to repeat business and referrals; and it’s how many spray painters do so well growing their businesses.
Breaking Down the HVLP Advantage: Insights from the Experts
Let’s break down some of the aspects of HVLP spraying. In the above video, we discuss the Graco 9.5 HVLP spray gun and its pros and cons. While this specific gun has merits and demerits, the real beauty of HVLP lies in its versatility. Just like a painter has an array of brushes for different strokes, an HVLP enthusiast can choose from various guns and setups to suit their needs. There is no one size fits all. That is what’s excellent about HVLP spraying.
One of the standout advantages of HVLP is interchangeability. Unlike traditional brushes and rollers, where each Job may require a different tool, HVLP spray guns are versatile. You can switch between guns, needle sets and even add a pressure pot to adapt to various projects and surface types. With this, you can simplify your toolkit and save money.
Maximising Your Investment
Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the price tag. While efficient, the Graco 9.5 HVLP gun comes in at £600, which might make you pause. But here’s the beauty of HVLP: you have choices. Instead of investing solely in an expensive gun, you can diversify your equipment arsenal. Consider purchasing a more affordable gun to serve specific purposes. Then as you gain more experience, you can part-ex your equipment for more expensive guns matching your development and project base.
Delighting Your Clients with HVLP
As a decorator, your ultimate goal is to leave your clients in awe of their newly transformed furniture and spaces. HVLP allows you to do just that. A flawless finish, no brush or roller marks, and a faster turnaround time – these are the benefits your clients will appreciate. Imagine their satisfaction when they see the smooth, professional look you’ve achieved in their homes. Profitable for you, cost saving for them.
Expanding Your Skillset with City & Guilds Assured Training
If you’re intrigued by the potential of HVLP spraying, our City & Guilds Assured course is designed for decorators like you. In this comprehensive programme, you’ll dive deep into the world of HVLP and compressor setups. You’ll gain hands-on experience with various guns and accessories, allowing you to explore the pros and cons of each.
During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to practice spraying on a variety of surfaces, from doors and furniture to MDF boards and even challenging surfaces like our infamous skulls. This hands-on experience will sharpen your skills and boost your confidence in delivering top-notch finishes using HVLP equipment.
Choosing the Right Tool for the Job
It’s important to note that while HVLP excels in delivering precision and finesse, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. HVLP is best suited for intricate work that demands a meticulous touch. For larger surfaces like walls and doors, an airless spray machine would be the tool of choice due to its speed and coverage capabilities.
In conclusion, mastering HVLP spraying techniques can be a game-changer for your decorating business. It’s not just about saving time and money; it’s about elevating the quality of your work and delighting your clients. So, whether you’re a decorator with years of experience or just starting out, consider adding HVLP to your skill set. It’s a brush and roller alternative that opens up new possibilities for your craft and your business.