LumberJocks

Spray gun for lacqure

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by Gixxerjoe04 posted 09-12-2015 05:58 PM 1098 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Gixxerjoe04's profile

Gixxerjoe04

835 posts in 1041 days


09-12-2015 05:58 PM

I’ve been using a lot of spray lacquer lately, have just been buying the rattle can stuff. Works nice and easy but easy to go through a can quickly and was wondering if it’s beneficial to just buy a spray gun and use that since you can get a lot more stuff when not being bought in a rattle can. Anyone have any recommendations for a a spray gun, something that’s not too expensive but works well? Have never used a spray gun before so not sure what’s good and what’s not.


27 replies so far

View SirIrb's profile

SirIrb

1239 posts in 695 days


#1 posted 09-12-2015 06:57 PM

Buy a quart cup gun at a pawn shop. I learned to spray on one and knocked out custom cabinetry with one. Should be about $50. This is the one with the pot mounted under the sprayer. All metal. Buy a pneumatic regulator to mount under it so you aren’t trying to blow 100 psi out it and don’t have to regulate at the tank.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

View Nubsnstubs's profile

Nubsnstubs

826 posts in 1195 days


#2 posted 09-12-2015 07:46 PM

You might find a brand new one at Lowe’s for under $50. The sprayers are made in either the Siphon type, or the pressure type. You’d be better off with the Siphon type. You can’t blow it up like the pressure types….... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

115202 posts in 3042 days


#3 posted 09-13-2015 01:07 AM

I’ve been spraying for 40 years, these spray guns are one of the tools from Harbor freight that are very good for the money.

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=spray+gun

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View Tennessee's profile

Tennessee

2410 posts in 1979 days


#4 posted 09-13-2015 12:06 PM

+1 for a1Jim. I have used the 47016 model for a couple of years now.

I buy them when I get a coupon showing them for $9.99. Better and cleaner than any pawn shop unit. And they lay down a pretty smooth layer of lacquer, easy to clean, and if they do break, they are essentially throwaway.

But I still have my original two that I bought two years ago, and they are both still spraying well.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

View SirIrb's profile

SirIrb

1239 posts in 695 days


#5 posted 09-13-2015 12:44 PM

Wow, I didn’t know they were so cheap. I saw one in a pawn shop for $45 back in the day. I just figured they would be higher now. Thank God for offshore products and the foreign jobs for youth program (called child labor) (yes I am serious, thank God for them).

I think you talked me in to buying a new quart cup.

Wondering: anyone like gravity fed? Sorry if this is thread jacking but it is on topic.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

View MrUnix's profile

MrUnix

4230 posts in 1664 days


#6 posted 09-13-2015 01:08 PM

Wow, I didn t know they were so cheap. [...]Wondering: anyone like gravity fed?
- SirIrb

The one mentioned above (47016) is the purple gravity fed HVLP gun they sell… currently on sale for $15.99, but this months flyer (Sept 2015) has a super coupon for $9.99. I haven’t shot much lacquer through them, mostly oil based enamel – and they lay down a great finish. I also have some quart cup siphon/pressure guns that I used to use a bunch, but ever since I got the purple things, I rarely touch them any more.

Cheers,
Brad

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

View Gixxerjoe04's profile

Gixxerjoe04

835 posts in 1041 days


#7 posted 09-13-2015 05:06 PM

For $10, def worth a shot. Any advice on spraying or just general info, what psi does my compressor need to be on? I have a small porter cable compressor.

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

115202 posts in 3042 days


#8 posted 09-13-2015 05:40 PM

You may have a problem with a small compressor but you can give it a try . Try practicing spraying water on some cardboard to start. Psi will differ according to what your compressor will put out,see how 80psi works with water and then adjust from there.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View Dark_Lightning's profile

Dark_Lightning

2635 posts in 2574 days


#9 posted 09-13-2015 06:10 PM

Be sure to install a line dryer, especially if your compressor is running a lot for the finish work. Water spots under your finish look real bad. The HVLP gun will also consume less air.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

View steve104c's profile

steve104c

8 posts in 703 days


#10 posted 09-13-2015 06:30 PM

HVLP is the best way to go. One bad thing is that you have to thin it down, and when you thin down lacquer , you lose the gloss the more you thin it. HVLP has less over spray, less product thrown in the air and you won’t need a spray booth. I have and use a HVLP. Keep it clean and you’ll have it for a long. They are a little noisy. I think Wagner now makes a cheap ($) HVLP sprayer and has a good review. steve104c

View AlaskaGuy's profile

AlaskaGuy

2406 posts in 1774 days


#11 posted 09-13-2015 07:05 PM

If you try the HF purple (as I did so far is sprays WB clears as good as my more expensive guns) watch this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PiYhGLlQsU

It’s some modification that will make using the gun a better experience.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

View JAAune's profile

JAAune

1643 posts in 1782 days


#12 posted 09-13-2015 07:17 PM

Not all the Harbor Freight guns are equal. Don’t remember the model numbers of the ones that work well.

I prefer gravity feed over siphon feed but a pressure pot if you can find a cheap used one is even nicer and that requires a bottom-feed gun.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

View OggieOglethorpe's profile

OggieOglethorpe

1213 posts in 1575 days


#13 posted 09-13-2015 07:49 PM

One bad thing is that you have to thin it down, and when you thin down lacquer , you lose the gloss the more you thin it.

Are you using cheap or mismatched thinner? Maybe you’re confusing lack of build with losing gloss?

I’ve sprayed lots and lots of lacquer, including flow coating and/or deblushing with 75-80% thinner, and haven’t heard of this… Not to mention, rattle can stuff is incredibly thin. Tell me more about the products you’re using.

Thanks!

View cracknpop's profile

cracknpop

195 posts in 1814 days


#14 posted 09-13-2015 08:12 PM

You have been given some good advice above. To add my 2 cents…

I grew up in an automotive body shop spraying alot of lacquer, enamel, and poly-urethanes through some very nice (and pricey) spray guns. In my return to woodworking, I picked up this spray gun to see if I still knew how to spray. I am very satisfied. My 25 gal, 5hp air compressor will keep up just fine. Like suggested above, I also use an in-line air dryer. Invest in a good respirator as well. Practice spraying water on big sheet of cardboard. Have fun.

https://www.grizzly.com/products/H7669

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

View MrUnix's profile

MrUnix

4230 posts in 1664 days


#15 posted 09-13-2015 08:31 PM

In my return to woodworking, I picked up this spray gun to see if I still knew how to spray. I am very satisfied. My 25 gal, 5hp air compressor will keep up just fine. Like suggested above, I also use an in-line air dryer. Invest in a good respirator as well. Practice spraying water on big sheet of cardboard. Have fun.

https://www.grizzly.com/products/H7669

- cracknpop

I’ve seen one of those grizzlys at a buddies house, and I’m 99% convinced it’s the same gun as the $9.99 purple HF :) Those guns are sold under a lot of different names such as Warwick and ZHipp – and I’ve seen them in at least one auto parts store on the shelf under some forgotten name. The one in the auto parts store was on sale for $69.99!

Cheers,
Brad

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

showing 1 through 15 of 27 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com