|Review by CueballRosendaul||posted 09-11-2012 02:34 PM||6877 views||5 times favorited||20 comments|
Several months ago, I bought this hopper type spray gun at Harbor Freight. I intended to use it to finish a batch of unfinished oak furniture we bought, but I chickened out and finished it all by hand because I didn’t trust this sprayer. Normally sells for $20, I think I paid $16 on sale.
I don’t have a high capacity compressor, just a small 3.7 SCFM shown in the last picture, but this little gun didn’t care. It would never work to paint a house or fence, but to have in the shop for the 200 wine bottle stands I just made was awesome. The compressor hardly ran, and I had the pressure turned down to about 45PSI. The spray pattern was adjustable, the air pressure was adjustable at the bottom of the gun, and the volume of paint was adjustable. There was a small drip that came down the trigger from somewhere once in a while, but I was spraying watered down clear poly. It was a very even mist of finish, no thick spots or glops, and the first 50% of the trigger pull is just air, then gets heavier as you pull the trigger the rest of the way. If I did happen to lay on a thick spot, I could just go back to it and hold the trigger slightly to give it some air to dry the finish before it started to run.
One thing I did replace before starting was the O ring at the bottom of the hopper jug. The original one was all out of shape and made of a very rigid material, so I just grabbed an appropriate rubber O ring from my plumbing box. It also did not come with a little bristle brush to clean the nozzles. Before I use it next time, I’m going to figure out some type of stand to set it on when not in use and filling the hopper. The directions say “have an assistant hold the spray gun steady while filling the hopper” as if we all have a trunk monkey hanging around the shop to do our bidding. There is a little hook at the top, but with the hopper full, it tips over backwards.
UPDATE: When I was finishing my last project, I wanted to make a stand for the sprayer. Simple three board setup with the top one having a 3” diameter hole cut to hold the cup. At some point when I’m painting something a decent color, I’ll knock the corners off and give it a few coats of paint.
Here’s a link to it on Amazon.com, but cheaper if you have access to a Harbor Freight Store.
A note about the compressor. It’s loud but works great and is just the right size to still be portable. When you’re done reading this review, go empty the water from your compressor and check the oil. When’s the last time you did that? You’ll also notice the FlexZilla hose. LOVE IT. I saw a hardwood flooring installer using one of these and knew I had to have one. stays super flexible all the time, even when it’s freezing cold, also has NO MEMORY at all.
-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.