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How To Get The Perfect Finish When Paint Spraying A Car

Posted on 02 November 2016 Jake Martin

Getting the perfect car paint finish depends on the interplay of three important factors:

  • Using the right products at the right ratios
  • Using the right techniques for even coverage
  • Environmental factors, such as humidity and ambient temperature in the spray booth, as well as outside weather conditions.

In previous articles we have explained the importance of the first two factors. To get a great looking automotive finish, you need to use the right paints, such as our Kapci range of metallics, clear coats, thinners and fillers. You also need to pay attention to how the paint is applied, using the right application pressure, coverage ratio and overlap on each of your coats.

Car Spray Painting Made Easy - 4 Tips You Need To Know!

Posted on 26 October 2016 Jake Martin


Achieving a consistent and high quality finish in the spray booth can seem a daunting task, even for professionals who know how to spray paint a car correctly. But by applying a few basic principles to your work, car spray painting can be made easy. Following these car spray painting tips will help you achieve reliable results for your customers each time. They will also help you avoid common finishing issues and reduce the number of coats you need to use.

Amateur Car Paint Spraying Myths (And How to Respond)

Posted on 19 October 2016 Jake Martin


To make a success of car spray painting, you need the right tools, the right paint, the right environment and the right training. Without these, the result is likely to be a botched job at best, with uneven paint coverage and poor colour matching. This is why the unequivocal advice of professional paint sprayers (echoed by us) is for amateurs not to attempt it at all. 

Colour Matching Made Easy - The Industry's Hidden Secret

Posted on 12 October 2016 Jake Martin


Achieving a uniform colour match across the panel is the key to a high quality spray paint finish. However, this isn’t always easy to achieve. A number of factors can make the paint appear as a different colour on different parts of the face. Insufficient overlap, inadequate base coat coverage or excessive pressure can all affect the quality and appearance of the final finish.

However, by using the right application techniques, it is possible to achieve a perfect colour match with every vehicle paint job.

What Effect Does Brexit Have On UK Coatings Industry?

Posted on 29 June 2016 Jake Martin

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FLP Group was surprised at the Brexit result (along with many others in the UK) as the polls were predicting a win for the Remain camp in the days leading up to the referendum.  The result of the referendum has left much uncertainty across the country, however the UK Government is working to help ensure a stable base so that industry can continue to trade openly and fairly with Europe. British Coatings Federation publish details of what the vote will mean for the Coatings Industry, "The UK Government will have to decide whether to replace EU legislation with UK regulations or not..." Read more

Spray Painting De-Mystified: Common Jargon in Plain English

Posted on 31 May 2016 Jake Martin

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Welcome to our new blog! In these articles we are going to publish a wide range of information, tips and resources aimed at paint sprayers working in the automotive marketplace. We’ll be covering a variety of topics, spanning legislation and regulations, practical techniques, product reviews and theory – something for everybody.

In this article we’re going to kickstart our blog with an explanation of some of the common jargon used in the industry. These basic terms are used extensively by sprayers but are often mystifying for people who are new to the industry. We try as hard as possible to avoid ‘tradespeak’ whenever we can, but there is no getting away from a short list of elementary but informative phrases that we all use on a day-to-day basis.

Making Sense Of The European Paints Directive

Posted on 31 May 2016 Jake Martin

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For paint sprayers, compliance with EU and British legislation is an important part of our professional lives. For the past twelve years the most influential document has been the European Paints Directive 2004/42/EC. The full text of the directive is available to download for free from the EUR-Lex website. However, interpreting the directive is often quite a different matter to simply reading!

    

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