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HVLP (high-volume, low-pressure) spray systems. A buyer's guide to eleven different models.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #28 Sep-Oct 1992 pg. 56
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #29 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 4
Correction AMERICAN WOODWORKER #29 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 6

Spray equipment for finishing. A look at the three primary types of systems (compressed air, HVLP and CAS), their advantages and drawbacks.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #33 Jul-Aug 1993 pg. 60

Tip suggests method for keeping nozzles unclogged on spray cans of finishes and adhesives.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #34 Sep-Oct 1993 pg. 22

Tip on reducing "blow back" when spraying finish on the inside of casework.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #42 Dec 1994 pg. 14
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #44 Apr 1995 pg. 6

HVLP (high volume, low pressure) spray guns. Looks at both turbine and conversion guns.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #46 Aug 1995 pg. 66

Spray like a professional. Nine of the most commonly asked questions about spraying waterborne finishes. Includes instructions for making a simple spray booth from PVC pipe and polyethylene film.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #53 Aug 1996 pg. 58

Bench top spray booth. A collapsible cardboard booth pulls overspray out an open window using a box fan. Suitable only for nonflammable finishes. Est. cost: $20.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #71 Feb 1999 pg. 76

Tip on using acetone for thinning oil-based varnish when spray painting.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #81 Aug 2000 pg. 92

Tips on how to spray-paint with a spray gun and air compressor.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Sep 1976 (v.54#9) pg. 134

Low pressure tactics. Tips for top-notch HVLP (high-volume low-pressure) spraying.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Dec 1999-Jan 2000 (v.23#3) pg. 18

High-volume, low-pressure paint sprayer test. Choosing the best mid-priced sprayer for your money. How HVLP works.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Oct 2000 (v.24#1) pg. 36

Spray your colour. Basic information about applying paint with conventional air spraying, airless spraying and electrostatic spraying.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1981 (v.5#2) pg. 51

Spray finishing. A reminder of the dangers and need for proper ventilation. Three basic types of spraying equipment and the categories of finishing materials (varnishes, lacquers and shellacs) described.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1991 (v.14#4) pg. 18

HVLP (high-volume, low-pressure) sprayers. A test of four top Canadian models.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1995 (v.18#4) pg. 21

Finishing under pressure. Time-saving spray techniques for the home workshop using high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) sprayers.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1997 (v.20#7) pg. 18

Technique for thoroughly cleaning a spray gun and other spray painting tips.

Tip on cleaning paint out of spray can nozzles using WD-40.

Evaluation of the Wagner W280 airless spray gun.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #175 Sep 1976 (v.26#7) pg. 30

Burgess Vibrocrafters Model 870 airless paint sprayer reviewed.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #176 Oct 1976 (v.26#8) pg. 30

How to paint a basement quickly using a rented airless paint sprayer.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #203 Nov 1979 (v.29#9) pg. 52

Tip: How to keep the nozzle of an aerosol spray paint can from clogging.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #214 Dec 1980 (v.30#10) pg. 54

Tips on buying paint tools. Selecting paint roller, brush, pad, and airless sprayer.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #238 Apr 1983 (v.33#4) pg. 44

Fingertip painting and finishing. Tips on using aerosol spray paints and finishes.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #278 Apr 1987 (v.37#4) pg. 8

Using an airless paint sprayer. Some tips.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #296 Mar 1989 (v.39#3) pg. 22

Tip: Use a staple to clean the spray nozzle on an aerosol can.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #299 Jun 1989 (v.39#6) pg. 108

Tip on using WD-40 to clear clogged spray nozzles on spray paint cans.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #307 Apr 1990 (v.40#4) pg. 92

Mini-spray booth made from cardboard box.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #312 Oct 1990 (v.40#9) pg. 37

Tip on preventing an airless spray painter from dripping on the floor.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #312 Oct 1990 (v.40#9) pg. 45

Tip shows how to spray-paint small objects inside a plastic bag.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #320 Jul-Aug 1991 (v.41#7) pg. 87

A primer on spray painting. Covers aerosol cans, spraying techniques, common types of spray equipment and general rules for success.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #335 Feb 1993 (v.43#2) pg. 56

Tip on heating paint to be sprayed.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #347 Apr 1994 (v.44#4) pg. 90

Tip on using WD-40 to clean paint spray-can nozzles.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #61 Jun-Jul 1990 pg. 26

Tip on protecting your skin from overspray when working with enamel paint.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #97 Aug-Sep 1995 pg. 30

Tip: How to clean a spray gun.
FINE WOODWORKING #28 May-Jun 1981 pg. 8

Lacquer finishing. How to spray a mirror finish on wood. Includes plans for a shop-built spray booth. Includes tips on selecting and using spray equipment.
FINE WOODWORKING #31 Nov-Dec 1981 pg. 90

Spray finishing. Mastering the application of clear lacquer finishes to wooden furniture. Covers selection of equipment, spraying techniques, an improvised spray booth, rubbing out the film, etc.
FINE WOODWORKING #62 Jan-Feb 1987 pg. 67
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #63 Mar-Apr 1987 pg. 4
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #64 May-Jun 1987 pg. 4

Tip: Use plastic bags to simplify cleanup of spray gun paint pots.
FINE WOODWORKING #79 Nov-Dec 1989 pg. 22

Tips on designing an approved dust-free spray booth.
FINE WOODWORKING #82 May-Jun 1990 pg. 24

Compressed-air systems. Choosing and using compressors. Advice on installing permanent air lines in the workshop. Tips on selecting a spray gun and accessories.
FINE WOODWORKING #82 May-Jun 1990 pg. 56
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #84 Sep-Oct 1990 pg. 10
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #85 Nov-Dec 1990 pg. 6

Tip on cleaning a spray gun and spray pot using lacquer thinner.
FINE WOODWORKING #87 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 14

Turbine spray systems. A high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) alternative for applying spray finishes.
FINE WOODWORKING #90 Sep-Oct 1991 pg. 66
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #92 Jan-Feb 1992 pg. 8

Tips on cleaning a clogged nozzle from an aerosol paint can.
FINE WOODWORKING #95 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 20

Tips on using screen supports for small objects being spray painted. Also includes tips on setting up a small spray booth complete with ventilation and forced-air drying.
FINE WOODWORKING #96 Sep-Oct 1992 pg. 22

Build a high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) spray unit by enclosing a two-stage vacuum cleaner turbine inside a plywood box.
FINE WOODWORKING #106 May-Jun 1994 pg. 86
Correction FINE WOODWORKING #107 Jul-Aug 1994 pg. 4
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #108 Sep-Oct 1994 pg. 4, 6

Taking the spray-finishing plunge. A spray system can improve finish quality and increase your productivity. A related article investigates which spray system is right for you. Four different systems are compared.
FINE WOODWORKING #113 Jul-Aug 1995 pg. 56, 58
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #115 Nov-Dec 1995 pg. 8

Spray-finishing done right. Getting a blemish-free finish is easier than you think.
FINE WOODWORKING #117 Mar-Apr 1996 pg. 71

Maintenance tips for a spray booth used with solvent-based finishes.
FINE WOODWORKING #127 Nov-Dec 1997 pg. 24

TLC for spray guns. How simple cleaning and lubrication keep a spray gun in top form.
FINE WOODWORKING #136 May-Jun 1999 pg. 58

Turbine HVLP (high-volume low-pressure) sprayers keep getting better. A look at several units under $500.
FINE WOODWORKING #137 Jul-Aug 1999 pg. 62
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #138 Sep-Oct 1999 pg. 12

A low-cost, folding spray booth incorporates an explosion-proof motor driving a non-sparking aluminum fan.
FINE WOODWORKING #139 Nov-Dec 1999 pg. 84

Advice on the correct temperatures to use when applying spray finishes.
FINE WOODWORKING #139 Nov-Dec 1999 pg. 110

Comparing commercially available spray booths for use when painting models. Includes instructions on building your own spray booth.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1992 (v.10#2) pg. 34
Added Info FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1992 (v.10#3) pg. 68

Tip on cleaning out the nozzle tips on aerosol spray paint cans.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1997 (v.15#1) pg. 68

Painting with power. Tips on using airless sprayers and pump-fed painters.
HOME MECHANIX #711 Jul 1987 (v.83) pg. 36

Power painting. How to use airless sprayers like a professional.
HOME MECHANIX #748 Sep 1990 (v.86) pg. 51

An introduction to high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) spray equipment.
HOME MECHANIX #803 Mar 1996 (v.92) pg. 18

House painting. Tips on preparing a house for painting and information on applying the paint using a spray gun.
HOMEOWNER Sep 1985 (v.10#7) pg. 74

Power painting. Tips on selecting and using power tools and painters to prepare and paint the exterior of a house.
HOMEOWNER Jun 1988 (v.13#5) pg. 50

Tip shows how to use a large cardboard carton for spray painting to contain the overspray.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1978 (v.3#3) pg. 32

A look at tools that make painting easier: (1) paint pads, (2) paint spraying equipment, (3) ladders and scaffolding.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jul-Aug 1978 (v.3#4) pg. 101

Lazy susan paint table allows you to turn work as it is painted. Ideal for correct spray painting of round objects.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #460 Sep 1966 (v.62) pg. 108

A roundup of low-cost paint sprayers, a description of how conventional air spray guns and airless spray guns work, and tips for using them effectively.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #590 Jul 1977 (v.73) pg. 22

Technique to clear out a clog in the feed tube of an aerosol can of spray paint.
MODEL AVIATION Sep 1997 (v.23#9) pg. 80

Tip to prevent spray paint from bleeding under the masking tape.
MODEL RAILROADER Aug 1994 (v.61#8) pg. 133

One gallon covers... Part 2. Choosing equipment. A look at wet pads, spraying, air spraying, rollers, brushes, and miscellaneous equipment.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1980 (v.8#11) pg. 159

How to maintain a spray gun.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1970 (v.133#6) pg. 152

How to paint with spray cans.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1970 (v.134#4) pg. 168

How to paint with spray cans. Tips which will make the job easier and better.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1974 (v.141#5) pg. 112

Roll-around cabinet with a lazy susan top is used to rotate work being spray painted.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1977 (v.147#3) pg. 68

A pro's secrets for spray painting a house using an airless sprayer.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1983 (v.159#4) pg. 121

Workshop minicourse. Tips on spray painting with canned paint.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1983 (v.160#3) pg. 88

Plan for a knockdown spray booth. Included in a special section on furniture refinishing.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1993 (v.170#11) pg. 89

Paint sprayers. Which one to buy, how they work, types of guns, etc.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1966 (v.189#3) pg. 160

Ventilated paint spraying booth sets in front of a window and folds up when not in use. A window fan carries the fumes outdoors.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1967 (v.190#3) pg. 168

A look at the Hydraposit airless spray system that can be rented by do-it-yourselfers for painting a house.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1974 (v.205#4) pg. 115

Disposable spray booth. Get a large cardboard box, cut a vent hole and cover it with a furnace filter, then place an exhaust fan to pull air and paint spray out through the filter.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1975 (v.207#4) pg. 143

Airless spray painters. What is available and tips on their use.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1982 (v.220#6) pg. 100

Use plastic 35mm film containers as paint pots for small spray painting tasks.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #53 Mar 1990 (v.9#5) pg. 8

How to spray paint with a can.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Mar 1965 (v.36#3) pg. 62

Tips on painting using a can of spray paint.
SHOPNOTES #30 Nov 1996 (v.5) pg. 31

Technique for collecting and recycling lacquer thinner that is used to clean a spray gun.
SHOPNOTES #41 Sep 1998 (v.7) pg. 4

Tip on modifying inexpensive diesel engine filters for use on the pickup tube of spray paint guns.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #177 Apr 1991 (v.15#9) pg. 26

HVLP (high volume low pressure) spray painting systems and their application in automobile painting. Part 1.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #184 Nov 1991 (v.16#4) pg. 3

HVLP (high volume low pressure) spray painting systems and their application in automobile painting. Part 2.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #185 Dec 1991 (v.16#5) pg. 3

Tips on controlling dirt and dust when doing spray painting.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #267 Oct 1998 (v.23#3) pg. 34

Restoration road. Part 23. Paint guns. Advice on selection and use.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #268 Nov 1998 (v.23#4) pg. 10

Build a disposable (temporary) booth for spray painting an airplane. A frame of PVC pipe and wood is covered with polyethelene film and equipped with a fan and filters.
SPORT AVIATION Oct 1988 (v.37#10) pg. 43
Added Info SPORT AVIATION Feb 1989 (v.38#2) pg. 65

Advice on priming and painting small aircraft parts with a spray gun. Tips on keeping the parts from being blown away by the air pressure.
SPORT AVIATION Nov 1989 (v.38#11) pg. 37

Tips on clearing a clogged nozzle on a can of spray paint.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #836 Jun 1999 (v.95) pg. 23

Tip: Clear aerosol spray paint nozzles by boiling them in water.
WOOD MAGAZINE #2 Nov-Dec 1984 (v.1#2) pg. 114

Tip on cleaning the nozzle on a spraygun.
WOOD MAGAZINE #6 Aug 1985 (v.2#4) pg. 12

Large turntable made from plywood and casters is helpful when spray finishing large items.
WOOD MAGAZINE #38 Oct 1990 (v.7#6) pg. 28

How to use a one-gallon plastic jug to help clean a spray gun.
WOOD MAGAZINE #43 Jun 1991 (v.8#4) pg. 16

A look at high-volume, low-pressure spraying systems and how they compare to other spray systems.
WOOD MAGAZINE #60 Apr 1993 (v.10#3) pg. 79

Cleaner, greener spray-finishing using water-based finishes and HVLP sprayers.
WOOD MAGAZINE #78 Apr 1995 (v.12#3) pg. 46

Bandana wrapped around the neck of a spray gun absorbs leaks before they drip.
WOOD MAGAZINE #102 Winter 1997 (v.14#9) pg. 24

High-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) sprayers. How they compare to other finishing options, results of tests on nine models and advice on what to consider when buying one.
WOOD MAGAZINE #106 Jun 1998 (v.15#4) pg. 50

Modify an HVLP sprayer to separate the paint pot from the nozzle assembly. That way, the pot is always upright and will feed properly no matter the position of the nozzle.
WOOD MAGAZINE #125 Jul-Aug 2000 (v.17#5) pg. 33

Finishing pollution. Ecologically correct ways to clean paint brush and spray gun, and to recycle the solvents.
WOODWORK #16 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 68

Final touches. Round up of what's available in furniture finishes. Looks at oil polishing, wax polishing, french polishing, spray finishing and varnish.
WOODWORKER May 1989 (v.93#5) pg. 448

Spray finishing pointers for the novice.
WOODWORKER Jan 1990 (v.94#1) pg. 1272

Tips on applying modern clear finishes using a spray gun.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1983 (v.7#4) pg. 18

Spray finishing techniques.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1985 (v.9#4) pg. 16

Tip: Build a simple turntable for use when spray painting.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1987 (v.11#2) pg. 53

HVLP (high-volume, low-pressure) spray systems. Part 2. Turbine systems.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1996 (v.20#1) pg. 84

Tip suggests making a lazy-Susan-type turntable for spray-finishing projects from a swivel-seat stool with a circular top replacing the seat.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1997 (v.21#6) pg. 9

Tips on painting with aerosol cans of paint.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1968 (v.24#3) pg. 57

How to select an air compressor for spray painting and tips on how to handle the spray gun for better finishes.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1971 (v.27#1) pg. 44

Shop-use test of the Wagner 280 airless spray gun.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1976 (v.32#4) pg. 63

Airless paint sprayers. How they work, what is available, and tips on their use.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1980 (v.36#3) pg. 62

Spray-finishing tips.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1988 (v.44#5) pg. 95

Understanding how paint spray guns work, the various styles, and tips on their use.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1990 (v.46#6) pg. 14