Many finishers are selecting waterborne paints due to increasingly stringent
EPA regulations which limit VOC emissions. These finishes are complex coatings that paint companies have been developing for years. Major paint companies have technical staff that can provide the specific details about their products.
Standard Tools & Equipment has worked with many paint manufacturers and researched numerous industry publications to develop the following strategy:
- Contact your paint supplier for current and specific spraying and curing information.
- Make sure that your spray booth provides adequate, clean air and filtration.
- For spraying a complete vehicle:
- Start spraying the vehicle on the end nearest the exhaust plenum (for cross-flow booths)
- Spray the entire vehicle
- Allow three minutes of fan operation in order to exhaust residual overspray in the air
- Place AquaDri unit(s) inside the booth in a position that will allow them to disturb the air on the area last coated on the vehicle. The areas initially coated will have already started the flash-off process and will be curing while the painting process is completed.
- Remove the AquaDri units from the booth and repeat the coating/AquaDri process as required
- For spot-spraying, use an AquaDri unit to provide air disturbance to the area just coated. The curing process of waterborne paint creates a layer of
high humidity/low airflow right above the coated surface. The AquaDri unit disrupts this shell of air, which provides fresh air to the surface and greatly expedites the flash-off and curing process.
Waterborne paint should be allowed to harden prior to final assembly or reworking (grinding or sanding). The hardening of waterborne paint requires 24-hours or very expensive ultrasonic equipment that is rarely useful to most painters. The solution provided above will meet the requirements for most shops and most waterborne paint materials.
• Six – 2” directional spouts
• Size 12” x 12” x 84”, 88” tall on stand
• 1300 linear feet per minute of air flow at each spout
• 110V, .27A, UL and cUL recognized Dayton fan
• Intake air filtered with 2” thick, easy-to-replace filter
• Stand allows vertical or horizontal use at 3 heights
• Stand included
• Ultra-quiet operation
• Powder coated
• Made in the USA
For more information on the AquaDri unit
Contact Kelly Goudy at
Standard Tools & Equipment
336.697.7717 | 800.451.2425