Spray Insights


Do you think the following solutions can be sprayed? Yes or No

  • Wax
  • Glue
  • Tar
  • Syrup
  • Crude oil

If you said “NO” to one or more of these, then you didn’t get a perfect score. And you have a lot in common with the many manufacturers we work with every day. That’s because spray technology is generally associated with spraying water. But is also used to apply a wide range of seemingly unsprayable materials – many of which are high viscosity fluids or start out as solids.

If you have a coating, topping, ingredient, binder, release agent, slurry or adhesive to apply, chances are we can help. Some of the most unusual materials we’ve applied can be found below. The easiest way to find out if we can solve your most challenging application problem is to talk with a spray specialist. Not only will you learn if we can spray your material, you’ll find out additional benefits spray technology may bring to your operation such as:

  • Reducing the need for manual labor
  • Minimizing waste of costly materials and fluids
  • Eliminating QC problems caused by over- or under-application

You can schedule a video consultation now, give us a call at 800-95-SPRAY or visit spray.com to connect with your local spray specialist. We’re standing by and ready to help.

Chemical Processing

chemical processing application
  • Spraying crude oil during refinery operations
  • Spray drying detergents
  • Applying adhesives on ceramic tile
  • Spraying tar on building materials
  • Spraying molten sulfur in the production of sulfuric acid


Food Processing

hamburgers being sprayed with antimicrobial on conveyor
  • Coating snacks and pastries with chocolate
  • Applying cheese flavoring on popcorn
  • Topping cinnamon buns with frosting
  • Spray drying coffee and milk
  • Applying corrosion-inhibitors inside cans
  • Adding antimicrobials and mold-inhibitors to a wide range of products 


papermaking application
  • Spraying black liquor in pulp mills
  • Marking defects on paper with ink
  • Spraying wax on paper rolls and paper towels
  • Applying adhesives to tissues
  • Spraying starch on paper

Power Generation

refinery plant
  • Spray quenching oil into gas streams for cooling
  • Injecting slurries into process streams at waste-to energy plants
  • Spraying lime slurry to neutralize flue gas


Steel and Metals

nozzles spraying strip of steel
  • Spraying graphite coating on steel
  • Applying wax on metal strips for lubrication
  • Spraying corrosion inhibitors on parts
  • Coating steel with graphite
  • Removal of scale layers from steel


textile application shot
  • Applying adhesives to t-shirts before silk screening
  • Spraying bedding with stain-resistant coatings
  • Coating carpet backing with adhesives
  • Applying surfactant mixture to fluff pulp rolls used in diapers
  • Spraying fire retardant on fabrics


car being manufactured
  • Striping roads with reflective glass bead paint for traffic control
  • Applying deicing solutions to aircraft
  • Applying sealants to car parts prior to painting
  • Spraying protective coatings and tints on windshields
  • Applying epoxy primers to automotive parts