Paint Filters

Written by Norene Anderson
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Paint filters are necessary to provide the best result from spray painting. There are different filter types for the various types of paint. Paint designed for use as clearcoat requires a finer filter than one that is a basecoat/clearcoat combination. Some filters are made of synthetic material such as mesh of different weaves. It is vital the material used for the filter is lint free.

Using paint filters will speed up the painting process simply by avoiding down times to clean clogs out of the equipment. No matter how much stirring and shaking is done to a can or bucket of paint, there will still be particles left big enough to stop the even flow of the spray. It is crucial to have paint flowing freely to get even coverage and the result to be perfect.

Paint Filters for a Clean Spray

It is very important to follow the local codes for disposing of paint filters. Requirements for some filters specify placing them in a water-filled metal container until proper disposal is possible. Others require immediate disposal outside of the enclosed area. There are different types of paints and each has a specific method of safe disposal that is environmental friendly. Whether the paint filter is used by an auto body shop, in metal manufacturing, or vehicle maintenance facilities, it must be disposed of according to EPA rules and regulations.

Remember to use the proper filter for paint in the facemask or respirator during spray painting. Inhalation of the fumes can produce serious health issues. The NIOSH rating should match the type of paint that is being used in order to provide the appropriate protection. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines when using any paint products or equipment.

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