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From the Field The gauge styling is classic with this system. Titan keeps it fairly simple by not digitizing the displays. The air compressor has a needle-style gauge on its housing, and the fluid is tracked by an in-line gauge at the pump end of the fluid line. Some contractors who I have spoken with have reported that they prefer this style of visual display because it eliminates the risk of circuit board issues over time. NO MORE STUCK BALLS Historically, one of the basic design Todd Pudvar tests out an air-assisted airless in the Topcoat Finishes shop. used to cranking up to 3,300 when spraying latex primer or paint with an airless, you will find a much more desirable and still highly productive experience when spraying latex primers and paints in the 1,200-1,800 psi range. That is because of the air assist, and the fact that the gun at the end of the hose is capable of radically higher material transfer efficiency than the LX80s and contractor series guns we all cut our teeth on over the years. USER EXPERIENCE The Multi-Finish is as adroit as others in its air-assisted class at showing the user where the "sweet spot" is for different products. Again, as a general rule for interior and exterior latex primers and paints, we found the benchmark range to be approximately 1,200-1,800 psi on fluid, and 28-32 on the air. Obviously, when moving to lower viscosity products and finer finishes, everything goes down until the right settings are found to match the technique of the user. See Advertiser Index on Page 38 AMERICAN PAINTING CONTRACTOR • October 2013 11

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