Sunday, 30 September 2007 10:00

CP Air Compressor Give Away at SEMA 2007

Written by Rich Evans

The Chicago Pneumatic Quiet Rotary Screw Air Compressor is what we use here at Huntington Beach Bodyworks to power everything from tools and airbrushes to inflating tires, painting and cleaning. Designed to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it pays for itself in short order.

What I like best about these compressors, though, is how quiet they are. They don’t have the loud annoying rumble of most compressors and, in my opinion, deliver a higher quality of clean, oil-free, compressed air.

Chicago Pneumatics declares its new QRS Compressors to be one of the quietest compressors on the market, with a sound level of only 62 – 68 DBA. At this sound level, the QRS is somewhere between the sound of an automobile engine and a home dishwasher. Many reciprocating compressors will operate up to 100 DBA, putting their noise level between that of a diesel truck and an airliner. Reciprocating compressors generally require separate rooms in order to work anywhere near them. The QRS will deliver cleaner and drier air simply because it operates at lower temperatures and the air filter is a high dust rated filter, removing more dirt before the air enters the Compressor.

CP’s new QRS Air Compressor was chosen as one of the Top 10 new products from a field of more than 100 innovations nominated by 2006 World Ag exhibitors. The company has dropped off one of their brand new 5 Horse QRS Air Compressors for me to customize with paint and graphics featuring an American flag theme with flames, some tribal work, and Uncle Sam.

To customize the compressor, I broke it down using a new CP 3/32 12.5mm DA Orbit Sander with 150 grit sandpaper which has not even hit the market yet. Everything was sanded by hand so as not to damage any of its vital components. If not for the sensitivity of the parts, we could have sent it out for media blasting, saving a whole lot of work.

The next step was to seal it with three coats of DP48 White epoxy primer, reduced down to be used as a sealer, and then based it with three coats of white. After the sealer and base coats dried, we did a partial reassemble and mocked it up to apply our graphics.

Now with a flat white base, we begin applying the graphics starting with the Huntington Beach Bodyworks logo. The Uncle Sam airbrushing will be done before the flame and flag graphics so we don’t get any lines showing up in the artwork from the flag stripes or the flame outline.

The rule of thumb is to work from top to bottom. That way, as your project is progressing, each layer is covered up to protect it from the new paint being applied. Due to the masking, the graphics painted on top will actually look like they are beneath what you’ve previously painted. So the order is: the logo, Uncle Sam, tribal blades, the rips in the flag, blue flames with the stars masked off, and then the white stripes, covered by masking to allow the red to be painted.

Airbrushing the shadows and highlights comes next to give the flag a flowing effect. This effect also needs to be kept in mind when masking, because the entire layout has to have a wave to it.

After the graphics are finished, each part will be pre-cleaned and all the pieces set up in the booth for a few coats of clear. All that is left to do now is color sand, buff and reassemble this baby and our beautiful new CP QRS 5 Horse Compressor is ready for its debut at SEMA.

But this masterpiece will not be coming home with us. This one-of-a-kind compressor will be given away at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas on the last day of the event. Everyone who stops by the Chicago Pneumatics booth will have the opportunity to sign up and win this unique QRS 5 Horse compressor.

Make sure you stop by the Chicago Pneumatic booth – #12648. Check out the tools and vehicles on display, such as the new tool rack that I designed for CP and my personal ’56 Chevy Hardtop. I will be at the booth October 30, 31, November 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. handing out posters and answering questions.

Hope to see you all there.

Rich Evans, owner of Huntington Beach Bodyworks in Southern California, is an award winning painter and fabricator. Currently he is offering workshops at his facility so he can share his special techniques to other industry professionals. For more information about Evans, visit www.huntingtonbeachbodyworks.com.