|Review by Vrtigo1||posted 05-08-2012 01:35 AM||6436 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
Let me start out by saying that I am pretty new to spray finishes of any kind. I recently built some MDF shelves and got about half way through the first coat of primer on the first shelf when I remembered how much I hate painting. So I tried to get the wife to do it, then when I realized that wasn’t going to happen I set about finding a faster/easier method.
I have an Earlex HVLP system, but from the 1 or 2 times I’ve tried to use it to spray paint I’ve found the process frustrating. I talked to the maintenance guy at work and he recommended this spray gun. He sold me when he said “for $15 even if you hate it you can throw it away and write the cost off as a learning experience”.
The first thing I sprayed through it was some Kilz oil-based primer. I thinned it a bit with Floetrol (the Floetrol instructions say to follow the thinning instructions on the paint can, but there were none so I just added enough to get it to a consistency that I thought would work well). As soon as I started spraying I immediately noticed how much better it was working then my previous attempts at spraying paint with my Earlex. Granted I was using the needle that came with the Earlex (I think it’s a 2.0mm), so I was using the wrong size needle, but the Earlex needles are pretty expensive so I didn’t want to buy the larger one because I wasn’t sure it would make it work that much better. Anyway, with the Earlex very little paint would come out so it took a long time to get coverage, and even when I did the coat wouldn’t be very even. This gun is completely the opposite. You control how much paint comes out by how far you pull the trigger and I had no problem getting enough paint to come out. The shelves I was painting were approx 4’ x 2’ x 6” and I primed each one in about 10-15 minutes.
Next I sprayed some cheap Glidden water based paint from Home Depot. The sprayer says it sprays “most oil based paints” but I didn’t have any problems at all spraying this water based paint. Again, each shelf took about 10-15 minutes.
I have a 60 gallon compressor and from what I recall, it turned on to fill itself back up every 3-5 minutes. If you have a pancake compressor or anything smaller than about a 20 gallon tank, I’d say that your compressor may be running non-stop.
Cleanup is my least favorite part about spraying anything, but this sprayer cleans up pretty well. Nothing particularly difficult.
Overall, I’m really impressed with the quality of this spray gun considering the price. I haven’t used it for anything other than paint, but I think this will be my go to paint gun from now on and if it breaks, I’ll be buying another one. For the price, even if it breaks after one or two jobs it keeps me away from the paint brush which is a win in my book.