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Forum topic by bambooMan posted 07-12-2010 05:39 PM 2188 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-12-2010 05:39 PM

I keep reading that UV coating requires machines that cost a million dollars. So I never considered it. Then I see on youtube video’s of guys (who were obviously not millionaires) using it in there home shops. I then found that admiralty coatings offers a setup for around $2600 for the light. The coatings run 3-400 dollars a gallon though. However, it seems to me that it could save a shop thats doing finishing for a business a lot of money. UV coating is %100 solids, no VOC, and, I would imagine, therefore food/beverage etc safe as well.

Of course, I gues you’d have to be producing a lot of the same thing, widgets, that are all finished exactly the same way …..maybe. I need to think about it some more. Anybody here using UV coating?


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#1 posted 07-13-2010 03:38 PM

I will have to check out the YouTube videos. I have looked into using UV in the past but the cost factor was too high. I was told that I would have to have robotic spray heads along with a conveyor system to make it work. In all they were talking about 20 – 25K. Too much money at this time and would take up too much space in the shop.

I too am very interested if anyone is using UV.


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#2 posted 07-13-2010 05:53 PM is one place where you can buy the light and the finish. They sell floor curing machines too.

Here is a guy coating a counter top on his porch: is a video from the same people. Note that this video is from 2008. This stuff cures rock hard in about 20 seconds. FULLY cured. So I think this is the future. Prices will continue to drop and the chemistry will continue to improve.

This is a used UV cure light being sold for $1800 on my local craigslist. From a closed auto-body shop.

Can you spray something that is %100 solids?

Here is an article on UV coating for wood finishing (dated 2006). For my level of knowledge (beginner) its a lot of good info. But how have things improved in the last 4 years is the question. In other words, this lets you know where the market/science was in 2006. Its certainly improved sense then.

Let me know what you are able to dig up in addition to the above.

-- Why Bamboo? Because its free lumber. And in the SouthEast anyway, it grows everywhere.

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