So last night I painted my first cabinet using a HPLV setup. Things didn't exactly go to plan.
This is not my first rodeo with a spray gun. I have been using an airbrush for year. I've done lots of scale models using water based acrylic and oil based paints. Typically I run my airbrush at around 20 psi and overspray is never really a problem.
I thought I had planned out my first HVLP adventure pretty well. My shop has a 10 foot wide sliding door that leads to the back yard. I figured I could open that door to vent the shop, and only have to cover up the work bench nearest the door, and the wall on the opposite side of the door. To create an outward breeze, I put a fan into one of my windows in the shop blowing inwards. To protect the floor, I put plastic down under my spray area.
Well things didn't turn out like I'd hoped. Instead of the fan creating an outward breeze, it created more of a swirling. The HVLP gun put out a lot of paint, and that created a bit of a problem for my shop floor. Lucky for my, the floor was not pretty to begin with, but now there is a definite line where my drop cloth was. Moral of the story: Buid a paint booth! I wish I had.
BTW, the cabinet came our alright. I only had a run in one place.