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Forum topic by glenna posted 06-15-2015 02:58 AM 724 views 1 time favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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glenna

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06-15-2015 02:58 AM

I AM NEW TO WOODWORKING AND AM IN THE MARKET FOR A SPRAY SYSTEM TO SPRAY STAINS AND POLY ON CABINETS AND FURNITURE. THERE ARE SO MANY OUT THERE AND SOME ARE OUT OF MY PRICE RANGE AND MORE GUN THAN I WILL EVER NEED. I AM A SMALL WOOD SHOP AND JUST GETTING STARTED AND DON’T NEED A 1000.00 UNIT. I HAVE PAINTED CARS IN THE PAST WITH THE OLD SIPHON GUN SO I AM NOT NEW TO PAINTING, JUST THE NEW EQUIPMENT. ANY SUGGESTIONS TO HELP ME INTO THIS NEW VENTURE WOULD BE APPRECIATED

-- PicturePerfectWoodworking


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#1 posted 06-15-2015 03:12 AM

If you already have a compressor, Harbor Freight has a few different HVLP spray guns that work very well.
I have one that’s colored purple, I can’t remember the model number off hand but I’ve had no problems with it.

Even if you don’t have a compressor, you wouldn’t need to spend too much on one that is sufficient to run it.

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#2 posted 06-15-2015 03:58 AM

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#3 posted 06-15-2015 04:02 AM

Brad’s showing you a pic of just what you need. Spend a little time practicing and learning the spray gun and you’ll be surprised at the results you can get with it.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#4 posted 06-15-2015 04:27 AM

WHY IS YOUR POST ALL CAPS?

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#5 posted 06-15-2015 04:34 AM



WHY IS YOUR POST ALL CAPS?

- esmthin

I’d bet he had his caps key locked down.

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#6 posted 06-15-2015 05:30 AM

lol I like your signature there AlaskaGuy. You getting tired of the cold up there?

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#7 posted 06-15-2015 06:01 AM


lol I like your signature there AlaskaGuy. You getting tired of the cold up there?

- bruc101

Yep, a few degrees warmer would be welcome.

Now my signature line. I’ve been debating with myself if I’d be more politically correct if I changed it to ” Alaskans for climate change”.

What do you think?

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#8 posted 06-15-2015 06:54 AM

lol Use both of them as Alaskans for Global Warming and Climate Change. That should get you politically correct.

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#9 posted 06-15-2015 07:39 AM

why this caption?..

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#10 posted 06-15-2015 12:00 PM

I have the Earlex 5000 spray system. It sprays everything I ask it to do except Latex paint. I even got it to spray Rustoleum. Usually it is on sale for around $300.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#11 posted 06-15-2015 12:04 PM

sorry bout the caps, i was leaning twords the earlex 5500 spray station. is this a good system? any thoughts are welcome

-- PicturePerfectWoodworking

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#12 posted 06-15-2015 01:00 PM

The only concern with spray systems is heat in the air created by the turbine affecting your finish. If your a professional, I’d venture a better option would be a beefy compressor and a well tuned but not expensive spray gun, a good filter system.

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#13 posted 06-15-2015 01:30 PM

I might chime in here if I may – my first post on this forum as I just joined.

I use a pressure pot that will hold a gallon can with a compressor and conversian gun (binks mach 1 but there are a bunch of better and cheaper options now days). I think it is a 2 gallon pot. This has a bunch of advantages the main one being that you can spray in tight spaces, upside down, any direction because the cup isn’t in the way and the finish cannot leak. Just 2 lines going to the gun makes the gun much lighter to hold as well. It is also much easier to get a really good pattern and mix because the pressure on the pot will control how much material is delivered to the tip of the gun. As you get more experienced with setting up the flow you can speed up the process much faster if you’ve got some larger pieces to spray as well. Cleanup is super easy – just take the air hose with a rubber tip and spray air pressure into the liquid pickup tube and hold the gun trigger to dispense the finish back into the can. Then just add a little thinner to a small can and spray that through the line – leaving a little in the line. Takes less than 2 minutes to cleanup. The pots are expensive if you buy them new but I see them all the time on my local Craigs list for sale for around $100 – sometimes including the gun for $150.

I had a gun similar to the Earlex before and found them to be a little slow, the gun heated up, the finish was hard to get a “liquid” look to flow out the finish very good – especially on larger projects. All that air made for streaky finishes because the previous pattern dried completely before I could finish an area. Sort of like an overspray look to areas of the piece a lot. I probably didn’t really know what I was doing with the setup so I just got frustrated with it and went with a conversian gun instead. No experience with Earlex and that was several years ago so maybe they are improved now.

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#14 posted 06-15-2015 01:31 PM

I could tell you that the 5500 is the most popular HVLP sprayer in the world. But maybe that sounds to self aggrandizing (even though it’s true). If you have any specific questions about it I’m happy to help you out. Right now Woodcraft is selling the 5500 with the extra 1.5mm needle for $299.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#15 posted 06-15-2015 01:57 PM

Hi Glenda
If your experienced spraying you can use almost any spray gun including a $10 Harbor freight hvlp gun (see above in Unix’s photo)and get a good finish .Then there are any number of spray systems you can buy, as Earlextech stated hvlp systems are popular and the Earlex system is a lower cost version that has good reviews. These systems put out a lot less overspray and come in different variety and are rated by how many stage units they are I beleave the 5500 is a stage II and the more costly units go up to stage four.
Here’s a little info.

http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-tools/reviews/more/hvlp-spray-systems/

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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