Wedge Clamp Systems has introduced a new Stat-Gun that is designed to provide “a cleaner start” and “a cleaner job”.
As explained by the company, film contamination is often caused by static which also does not allow to achieve a perfect paint finish. Processes that take place inside the repair facility every day, such as sanding, panel wiping, tacking, blowing off, masking and the application of materials, among other things, can be the reason behind the accumulation of static.
Wedge Clamp Systems, therefore, suggests that using ionized air can aid in removing static throughout the process of painting in the bodyshop. The Stat-Gun produces positive and negative ions to neutralize the static charge.
As noted by the company, the new Stat-Gun offers the following advantages:
- It helps in restoring electrical neutrality.
- Every area on the vehicle can be made paintable.
- A fully charged Stat-Gun can be used continuously for 12 hours.
- It helps in simplifying the prepping process and decreases de-nibbing and halos.
- It also improves metallic laydown
If the surface of a vehicle has static, the difference in the positive and negative static charge interferes with the painting process, thus resulting in an uneven paint film. Wedge Clamp Systems explains that paint technicians trying to overcome this issue might end up overloading the surface, leading to additional issues. Using the Stat-Gun to remove static before the surface is painted will help in achieving a better finish.
Furthermore, just like iron filings react to magnet, metallic particles in paints behave in a similar manner in the presence of static charge. Wedge Clamp Systems notes that this makes it important to ensure that metallic substrates of vehicles do not have any static charge during the painting process. Additionally, a paint job can also be contaminated by dust and dirt. Without static, dirt and dust in the atmosphere can flow out through the booth exhaust filter, explains the company.