Written by Jeremy Horelick
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HVLP stands for High-Volume, Low-Pressure, which characterizes the way in which spray contents are administered to project surfaces. It may be easiest to think of a garden hose with an adjustable valve to control the amount of water flowing from it and the force with which it flows. Let's say the task at hand is washing a car, something everybody has done. And let's say that car has just come back from a romp through the mud and is exceptionally dirty.

If we turn up the force but reduce the amount of water flowing from the hose, the water that does come out does so at such high speeds that much of it bounces off the car and mists into the atmosphere. If it's summertime, and water is precious, this is a wasteful technique. Not only does it fail to get the car clean, but it wastes a valuable asset too. Now let's take another scenario.

The Beauty of the HVLP Sprayer

The HVLP sprayer is like a hose that emits a lot of water at low force. It may seem like more water is being wasted since it's coming out so fast, but because it's actually hitting the car and not bouncing off it, it only takes a few seconds to coat the entire vehicle. This is precisely what you get with HVLP sprayers, which waste no paint and give your woodworking projects a clean and even coating.

It doesn't matter what you're spraying, either. Dyes, lacquers, sealants, and any other contents you can think of are administered with efficiency, leaving you with more of your product in the canister and less of it swirling about in the air. This means you not only save valuable dollars that can be spent on other products, you also spare the environment even more potential damage.

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