Air Compressors for Painting

Pneumatic air tools such as paint guns and sprayers can make the tedious task of painting much faster and easier. Paint sprayers are widely used in the automotive and construction industries, as well as many others. However, it takes the right air compressor to provide the appropriate pressure and volume of compressed air that’s required for these highly specialized jobs. Quincy Compressor is your one-stop source for reliable, premium-performing compressors for just about any industrial painting application.

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Choosing the Best Air Compressor for Painting Applications

When selecting an air compressor for painting, the most important factor to consider is the pressure requirement and air consumption of the spray gun, as well as the available horsepower. Average air consumption is measured in terms of cubic feet per minute (cfm). Most spray guns used for applications such as painting walls or vehicles feature relatively low consumption, in the range of 7-15 cfm. A 2 horsepower air compressor, for example, delivers approximately 7 cfm, while a 3 horsepower compressor produces about 10.5 cfm.

Rotary Screw vs. Reciprocating Compressors

It’s also important to know the differences between major compressor technologies, including rotary screw compressors and reciprocating compressors.

Rotary screw compressors use two rotors moving in opposite directions. The chief advantage here is that this type of compressor is much quieter than other types. They’re also more energy efficient, although they carry a heavier day-one price tag and have a more complex, less user-serviceable design.

On the other hand, reciprocating compressors use pistons moving inside cylinders to provide compressed air, similar to the way automobile engines function. This type of compressor is typically available in models ranging from 1 horsepower all the way up to 30 horsepower. Although they’re noisier than their rotary counterparts, they’re generally less expensive and are easier to maintain.

Portable vs. Stationary

You’ll also need to determine whether a portable or stationary compressor best meets your needs. Unless you do all of your painting in one location, such as an auto repair garage, a portable compressor might be the better option, as it gives you the benefit of easy mobility. They’re equipped with wheels and handles so you can simply pull it to the work area.

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Wide Range of Air Compressors Are Available at Your Nearby Quincy Dealer Location

Quincy Compressor offers a wide selection of portable and stationary compressors in one- and two-stage configurations. We have an extensive network of authorized distributors across the United States and around the world who can help you choose the best model for your painting applications. To locate the authorized dealer in your local area, please click here.