Paints and Tools
Finding innovative solutions to spray finishing problems has been the philosophy of DeVilbiss for over 100 years. Founded in 1888 when Toledo, Ohio physician Dr. Allen DeVilbiss combined a bulb, some tubing, and the base of an oil can to create the first atomizer for health care, DeVilbiss is now the leading supplier of spray finishing equipment to the industrial and automotive refinish markets.
Dr. DeVilbiss' son, Thomas DeVilbiss, is actually credited with adapting the original atomizer to create a spray gun that meets the challenges of spray finishing. In an effort to add life to his father's atomizer business, Thomas DeVilbiss added perfumizers to the company's product line. Following that, in 1907, the younger DeVilbiss, an inventor in his own right, experimented with the spray gun. Mass production was beginning to evolve at this time and Thomas DeVilbiss' spray gun technology proved to be a revolutionary addition to the paint and lacquer coating applications on the furniture and automotive finishing assembly line. Spraying the lacquer reduced drying time to hours instead of weeks and the spraying of paint replaced hand brushing, helping to create new jobs and increase productivity in manufacturing.