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Want to save money? - Go "green" with HVLP AAA and Turbine HVLP Units
Airless vs. Air Assisted Airless v. Turbine HVLP

Airless Vs. Air Assisted Airless (AAA) Vs. HVLP
(Stop spraying everywhere! Gain control)


Airless units are great for large contractors or exterior painters who are more concerned with speed than finish quality. Airless units operate at extreme high pressure. They therefore carry a large liability issue.

(Safety warning: Do not ever put your hand, arm, finger(s), or any other part of your body in front of the paint sprayer when in use. This could lead to permanent injury. The pressure emitted is strong enough to cut through rust and to take off old paint, so keep this in mind and think what it could do to soft human flesh.)

And a higher operating cost issue


And while very fast, they also waste a lot of paint through overspray and bounce back. Transfer efficiency does not exceed 50%. Which means half of your material costs are going down the drain. This is not a "Green" technology.

Air Assisted Airless AA and HVLP Air Assisted Airless

For small to large contractors an investment in an AAA system might be a good choice for the following reasons:

Air assisted airless is hybrid technology which uses HVLP low oversrpay designs with a compressor to atomize the paint in addition to your standard airless pump to push the material. Note: you do not have to purchase an entire new pump but can upgrade your airless pump to HVLP. SEE HERE.

AIRLESS and Hybrids


Air Assisted Airless operates in the range between airless and air assisted airless units. If the correct warnings on the machine are placed, the manufacturer can label the unit as an HVLP air assisted unit. This doesn't mean you will be operating the unit as a true HVLP. In other words, this is kinda a cheat.


However, as time has progressed, manufacturers who are serious about HVLP AAA are tweaking their guns to operate the SWEET spot in the HVLP range of 65% or better transfer efficiency. Some will even claim higher transfer rates though the finish quality is lower at the extreme transfer rates. To see our best HVLP AAA SEE HERE.



Investing in an AAA or better True HVLP AAA makes long term sense - 1 AAA can be used for BOTH large coverage and super fine finishing.
Invest in one unit
Invest in a top AAA from the Start and gain greater market share by offering Fine Finishing and walls and exteriors all in one - purchase warehouse direct and save.
Lower material costs by as much as 50%
AAA have very high transfer efficiencies. By using AAA it has been estimated you can lower your material costs by as much as 50%. This means that your air assisted airless will pay for itself very quickly and you will be saving money on every job. With the cost of paint now days, you will instantly be more competitive.
Less Worker Liability
The AAA Units are more controlled and much less dangers to operate - Airless units operate at extreme pressures and can cause life long injuries.
Less Property Liability
Due to the high pressures of Airless there is a lot of bounce back and a high chance of property damage due to errant paint. AAA has a very soft spray and is more controlled.
Taping off your area to prevent property contamination is time consuming. By lowering overspray levels and gaining spray control your tape off time should be much lower.
Fine Finishing in a snap
Your workers need be familiar with only 1 tool to do BOTH fine finishing AND walls and exteriors. Switching back and forth is a snap. Your workers do not have to learn multiple systems and can do multiple finishes quickly. For example, they can move directly from large walls to smoother ceilings to super smooth finished doors, trim, shutters, and Cabinets - all in a flash.
Comparable Speed
By using the correct tip sets you will have similar speed (abet a little slower) than airless. Great for home construction, walls and ceilings. You can also get pumps to drive 2 guns at once.
Get Higher End Jobs
$300 for a wall or $3000 for a cabinet - you do the math. By allowing your workers to practice and learn on HVLP equipment they will be instantly ready for fine finish work when needed. Airless is a completely different spraying method and teaches you nothing about fine finishing. Practicing all day with an HVLP you will be an expert in no time.
Larger Pumps Available
Drive Multiple Guns with one pump

Even if you already own an airless rig, you will enjoy the control and fine finish quality of an AAA.


Airless Vs. Turbine HVLP
This is a commonly overlooked option for small and medium contractors who want portability and east of use.