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Surprising performance for a cheap spray gun

Surprising performance for a cheap spray gun

09-11-2012 02:34 PM by CueballRosendaul | 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 t...

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Earlex Spray Station 5500 Review

Earlex Spray Station 5500 Review

08-29-2012 12:53 AM by NewEnglandsWoodWorks | 18 comments »

If you are looking into getting started in the world of HVLP this is where you want to begin. At a fairly low entry price compared to other HVLP units this unit is a performer too. I ordered the unit from Highland WoodWorking and they shipped me out to it in about 3 business days. The total package cost $325 dollars including sipping. The sprayer comes with a 2.0mm needle and tip and I would recommend buying the additonal 1.5 mm needle and tip. The Earlex 5500 comes with the base, air h...

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Great for paint

Great for paint

05-08-2012 01:35 AM by Vrtigo1 | 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 proce...

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My New Rockler HVLP Spray System

My New Rockler HVLP Spray System

04-03-2012 10:36 PM by Jorge Velez | 5 comments »

It’s been about 6 wks since I purchase this Rockler Spray System I’m very happy with the performance of this product. I own a small compressor and I had been using this for quite some time but I was kind of annoying with the level of noise and the fact that is not as portable as I wanted to be, this Spray system is fully portable and bit less noisy, however I had made an plywood enclosure and reduce the noise. I dont have a way to measure the noise levels but certainly is lower...

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Earlex 5500 great for hobbyist or semi-pro

Earlex 5500 great for hobbyist or semi-pro

03-18-2012 08:56 PM by Kevin_S | 7 comments »

I definitely recommend the Earlex 5500. It’s a great sprayer. So far, I’ve used it to spray both shellac and polyurethane and it did a good job on both. I bought it so I could spray shellac on my latest project, but it was so easy to use that I also sprayed my polyurethane top coat with it. Cleanup is really easy, especially with the Teflon lined cup. One of my favorite features is the secure storage for the gun on the unit. I don’t have to look around for a good place to set the gun an...

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lovin it

lovin it

03-06-2012 07:46 PM by americancanuck | 3 comments »

Broke down and spent the $200 CAD for the Earlex Spray system 3500. What a joy!!! Easy to use, easy clean-up, so far very good results.

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Just don't know

Just don't know

01-02-2012 04:25 PM by americancanuck | 26 comments »

I got this gun for the low price of $17.99. I have no real experience with HVLP so I really don’t know wether it is any good or not. I use this with my small pancake compressor and it seems like the compressor just can’t keep up. I really want to get into HVLP but I would rather not spend 500 dollars for a top of the line system if I don’t have to. If any one has any comments I’m all ears

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PREVAL Portable Disposable Sprayer

PREVAL Portable Disposable Sprayer

12-15-2011 02:47 PM by David Grimes | 5 comments »

These sprayers are great. And inexpensive. The $6 spray gun comes with a glass jar and the power unit. They can spray paints including latex, auto paints, lacquers, acrylics, primers, etc. One power unit ($4 for extras) will easily spray 16 oz. of material… quite a bit for small and medium sized projects. The glass jar cleans easily for re-use. I’ve been using one of mine for lacquer and find the atomization just fine for dry or wet coats. I even thinned some brush on lac...

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User friendly, entry level spray system

User friendly, entry level spray system

12-13-2011 04:40 AM by Vrtigo1 | 13 comments »

Let me start out by saying that I am a complete newbie when it comes to spraying finishes, and to finishing in general. I have never used any type of spray system before purchasing the Earlex, but after finishing projects by hand for a while I was looking for a faster and easier solution. The Earlex 5500 has met my needs and I’ve been happy with it. The unit itself seems to be very well constructed, the turbine housing is fairly rugged, enough so that I get the impression that if i...

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Little Blue Wonder!

Little Blue Wonder!

12-01-2011 09:03 AM by NiteWalker | 4 comments »

This detail gun is absolutely fantastic.After doing much research online pairing my compressor (Makita MAC2400) with an hvlp gun for spraying the finishes I use, I came to the conclusion that I’d be best served with a “touch-up” gun (also known as a “mini” or “detail” gun). I originally wanted an Asturo or Qualspray from Homestead Finishing, but the price was pretty high and I needed something to hold me over while I saved some cash for the more expen...

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