Paint Curing: IR Technology vs. Air Drying
Author: Mark Boyle
Date: Friday 29th June 2018
When it comes to choosing the right paint curing lamp for your automotive business, there are a number of different options to consider. You might choose to go with infrared technology over air dry paint or vice versa, both of which have their own advantages and disadvantages.
In this article we’ll weigh up the pros and cons of infrared technology and air drying, looking at the ways in which both can be used in the automotive business for paint curing jobs.
Infrared Technology Offers Highly Efficient Solutions
Infrared is a type of electromagnetic radiation that most of us come across in everyday life without even realising it. While the light itself is invisible, it emits a particularly powerful temperature which makes it a valuable commodity for high end automotive lamps.
Infrared technology is one of the most efficient forms of heat technology. Compared to conventional methods such as air drying, no direct contact is required. The lamp can be placed at a fair distance away from the desired target and yet still achieve maximum results. Infrared lamps offer a high drying rate and are extremely accurate, presenting you with options to precisely adjust the target zone, all while ensuring you directly heat up the surface area and not the surrounding area.
Due to the technology’s success at achieving high overall efficiency, infrared lamps consume less energy and are a fantastic option for the environment. This also means that as a user your productivity levels will increase while you’re energy costs will decrease, proving infrared lamps to be a worthwhile long-term investment.
Air Drying Methods Can Take Hours to Complete
Air drying can be defined as the process of drying fully during exposure to air at normal temperatures. One of the most frustrating aspects of air drying tools is that they can take hours to finalise curing tasks. This is in comparison to infrared technology which, with its powerful heat radiation, can take just minutes to finish the same job.
Not only can air drying take hours, but compared to infrared, it isn’t as good for the environment and won’t see you benefit from an effective decrease in your energy costs. There are several factors which can negatively decrease the efficiency and quality of your work while using an air dry method, such as humidity, poor air movement, boundary layers and heat quality.
At Infratech we are proud to deliver highly effective and efficient infrared paint curing lamps for use in the auto body industry. To learn more about the lamps that we have available, check out our product range. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to be the first to hear about more news.