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New HVLP Spray Gun System #1: Unboxing of New Fuji Semi Pro 2 System

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 09-22-2016 07:58 PM 1244 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I concluded that last time I applied Shellac that I would need a lot of practice to get good with using an expensive brush. Shellac dries very quickly. I am not use to applying Shellac. I watched several videos and on 360 Woodworking I learned from these hosts that they both say spraying Shellac is the easiest method to master. Thus, I invested recently in a new Fuji Semi Pro 2 HVLP spray system.

The box arrived today. This is my coverage of its unboxing ceremony.

1) The shipping box.

2) Stage One: Inside the Box is a Page of Instructions.

3) Stage Two: reveals the heavy duty hose with hardware connectors…

4) Stage Three: The spray gun and accessories.

5) Stage Four: All contents are out of the boxes but still safety wrapped.

6) Stage Five: Final unwrapped and unboxed contents.

The first project for its use will be the current cherry trestle table I am building. The finish is probably at least a week away as yet.

-- --- Happy Howie



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CrazyRussianWoodShop

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#1 posted 09-23-2016 01:11 AM

Great system. I have a similar one and I love it!

-- Michael Makarevich (CrazyRussianWoodShop): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYNOkVS7B5_6A3GgNq7TtrQ

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Bigrock

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#2 posted 09-23-2016 02:12 AM

Hi:
Good luck. Don’t leave Shellac in the gun and clean it out as soon as you finish. You will learn to enjoy using the gun.

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unisaw

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#3 posted 11-28-2017 02:05 PM

Just a couple of points. This unit was my first experience with a HVLP sprayer. I bought it to feed my tool junkie addiction. I wrote this review on Amazon and share it here:

The learning curve here if you are a DIY/hobbyist or just new at HVLP systems is somewhat steep. First – the gun comes with a 1.3mm air cap set which is standard but won’t spray latex at the recommended dilution. I learned that lesson the hard way. The Quick Reference sheet says it can be used for “water-based finishes” and “latex for louvre doors, trims and cabinets”, and the 1.8mm for “latex (walls)”. When I called after a latex failure they told me that the 1.3mm is too small for latex and recommended the 1.8mm. Also – the Reference sheet says to dilute viscosity to 20-30 seconds (cup index) and the owners manual says 40 – 50 seconds. That’s a huge difference in viscosity and should be consistent throughout their support material.

Ok. On to cleaning. Cleaning the spray cap and air cap and needle is straight forward and simple. Cleaning the fluid tube that takes the paint from the cup to the nozzle is another story and this may be true of all such systems. Spraying clean water through the system will NOT clean out the tube. I’ve tried different ways as a new user including letting water run from the faucet into the tube and shaking it and letting it drain while pulling and releasing the trigger. Also, running tap water over the bottom end of the tube will pull the paint out. I was referred to a video by tech support but the video doesn’t address cleaning the tube. The system comes with a brush but the brush only goes half way into the tube (too short).

Using latex was ok while I experimented with cleaning with water but I can’t imagine trying to clean oil-based product that requires mineral spirits to clean. What a nasty mess that would present and you can’t let that material run down the sink drain.

So – I like this product and recommend it. I was finally able to spray in my basement with little over-spray. Customer support was good but presented conflicting information. Just be aware of the learning curve and plan accordingly.

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