There are alot of questions among paint contractors about air assisted spraying, and particularly, Kremlin Xcite Airmix. The first answer regarding Kremlin Airmix is that it is not your traditional air assisted airless system. It is unique Kremlin technology, and bears no real functional resemblance to air assisted airless spraying as we see it on other mfr platforms. The best way I can describe it in simple terms is that there is an “assist” of air happening at the tip, where air is mixed with fluid to form the spray pattern, but the entire pump system is not air “assisted”. It is more like completely air driven, or pneumatic.
Because Kremlin is not as commercially available at paint dealers in the US as other brands, and they are on the pricier end of the spectrum, contractors do have many questions about their pumps and guns. It is one of the more heavily searched and inquired topics on our site.
The Big Question:
One of the recurring questions I have been getting from colleagues in the field about Airmix is whether or not it is fluent in waterborne and acrylic technologies. Obviously, we all know Kremlin’s history in fine finishes for automotive and manufacturing settings, but our questions as painters lie in the self serving reality of how Airmix might lay down our favorite products. So, I thought I would share a pre-review preview of it as we dialed settings for a waterborne clear project. During this process, we work backwords, first figuring out if the machine wants to pump the material unreduced, and then dialing down to see how fine we can go.
[Related: Our Published review of the Xcite gun]
Our review of the gun is based on many months with the Airmix system, and the gun review was done with the previous generation Kremlin 10.14 pump (more recently, we have transitioned to their newer, more powerful EOS pump, featured in the video above). There is no subsitute for spending real time with tools and learning how they plug into project based scenarios that come down the line. We have also run the Kremlin head to head with our paint grade air assisted flagship, the Graco 395 Finish Pro. You can’t keep those two in the same shop and NOT wonder certain things. Lots of stuff to share. A tool can be really cool, but if it doesn’t have a distinct quality or production value (ideally both), we don’t need it. We had to force ourselves to stop testing and gathering footage, and start getting the info compiled for release, which will include published review in American Painting Contractor magazine, and lots of youtube and blog footage to share.
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