|Review by mckenziedrums||posted 01-11-2010 07:24 PM||6736 views||5 times favorited||25 comments|
I live or die by my sprayed finishes. In fact, I often joke that I learned woodworking backwards… Long before I even knew what a rabbet cut was I could tell you how to spray a mirror smooth finish.
These days I see more and more folks looking into HVLP spraying systems but worried about spending the cash. This little gun goes on sale from time to time and can be had for $29-49 depending on what the price is that week at Harborfreight. I’ve had this in my arsenal for 2 years now and it’s just about time to replace it with another one. Since most of my finishes are water based the most I can expect is about a 2 year lifespan from this gun. If you check the prices of detail guns designed for waterborne finishes you’ll see that this is quite the bargain. There are all the essential adjustments on the gun… air pressure, spray pattern, flow control, etc. There’s a handy air pressure gauge on the gun as well to help you dial in the correct air cap pressure.
If you’ve got an air compressor around this is probably the most cost effective way to dip your toes into the HVLP finishing world. I included a picture of one of my drums I finished using this but pretty much every single wood drum on my personal website was finished using this gun for the top coat. The largest drum I’ve sprayed was a 26” diameter cylinder and it took quite a few passes but for anything smaller than that you can’t go wrong. (Great for the jewelry box I did, etc.)
It’s not often you’ll see me recommending a harbor freight product but this one has served me well.