Looking for a HVLP sprayer for approx $150 and thinning advice!

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Forum topic by milz45 posted 12-03-2009 03:23 PM 1516 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2009 03:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hvlp paint sprayer thinning question

I’m looking for a decent consumer grade HVLP sprayer for around $150. I’m painting my kitchen cabinets (previously unpainted). I realize that I’m not going to get a fantastic unit for that price, but I can’t justify spending $300 – $1000 on a sprayer. I’m just looking for something that will give me a really nice finish in a reasonable amount of time. I’ll be using oil based Sherwin Willams primer and latex Sherwin Williams enamel as the top coat.

I’ve been looking at the following units, but I’m open to other suggestions …
Earlex HV3000
Rockler HVLP
Campbell Hausfeld HV1001 Fine Spray
Wagner Control Spray Double Duty
Wagner Paint Crew

Earlex has good reviews. Seems like Wagner has a bad rep. I’ve also seen where some Wagner consumer-grade guns don’t work with latex. I have some concern over proper thinning of the SW paint and the appropriate nozzle size, so advice there would be helpful also!

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#1 posted 12-03-2009 04:47 PM

I have heard nothing but good about Earlex.

Do you have a compressor? I was looking for an inexpensive HVLP solution and went with this gun from Woodcraft.

It works great, and the price is fantastic, but of course you have to supply your own compressor.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-03-2009 05:04 PM

Charlie, I’ve got a small pancake compressor. I don’t think it would be able to keep up a spray gun. My father-in-law has a much larger unit in his shop, but I don’t think it has air filtration. It doesn’t get used much either so I’m concerned about rust, dust and other contaminents. Maybe it’s not as big an issue as what I’m thinking, though.

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