Editors Note: Apollo Review in APC ’12
In our ongoing quest to make sure that the paint industry fully understands that there is much more to spraying than straight up airless blasting in the 3-4000 psi range, Topcoat Review has pushed further into HVLP spray technologies by initiating testing on Apollo hvlp equipment.
We have done a lot of research and testing in the spectrum of HVLP turbines. Most of us paint contractors come from airless spraying backgrounds, where we are accustomed to spraying in high pressure ranges all the time. Going down to the 3-10 psi range with a precision gun is counter-intuitive, but can really create a pleasurable spray experience with minimal overspray and a fine finished product.
The most recent entry into our shop and field based testing is the Apollo 1050VR. We have tested numerous HVLP rigs, but this one gives reason for pause. It is smart, pretty and built.
If you can imagine a compact turbine with a filtration system that looks like the air cleaner on a ’68 Firebird – in a good way, with one of the prettiest guns you ever saw on the other end of the hose, that would be close to the visual appeal of this rig. The major sprayer manufacturers all seem to have an HVLP line, but what makes Apollo different is that they are a small company that specializes in HVLP only. They do one thing, and we will see how well they do it.
We have been running this manufacturer supplied test unit since late 2011. If you have had the pleasure of running an Apollo, please speak up!
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