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10-12-2015 10:04 PM

What does anyone think about buying an older Fuji Q4 Pro system? The gun is not the newer T Series. I’m not exactly sure which gun it is, but it has a black colored top where the can attaches instead of the silver colored ones most of the more recent ones come with.

Is this still a really good turbine/gun vs say an Earlex 5500?


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#1 posted 10-12-2015 10:56 PM

I have one in regular use, ~ 10 years old. It’s a great unit. How much do they want for it?

Be aware, the turbine, hoses, etc… are all pretty universal. I use a 50’ Sears rubber garden hose to extend my reach. The turbine filters can be cut from stock foam, if you can’t find any.

If you get a good deal on it, you can easily replace the gun down the road with a newer version, or even another brand, if you can no longer get parts. Most, if not all of the parts for older guns are still available, and I don’t think I’ve ever had anything actually wear out.

I usually buy parts from Phelps Refinishing He often has parts and accessories for discontinued models.

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#2 posted 10-12-2015 11:08 PM

$450—a new Earlex now goes for 270; the minimite 3’s for 620 with the newer T guns.

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#3 posted 10-13-2015 11:10 AM

Even with the old gun, this is a better rig than the Earlex 5500…

Don’t get hung up on the “old” part of the gun. If it’s clean and in good condition, those are great tools. There haven’t been huge changes in spray gun design. Most pro-level spray guns and accessories, like cups, check valves, even the 3M PPS system, use only a few combinations of connector threads and sizes, making much of it not brand specific. My “old” gun is actually convertible to use pressure or gravity feed, small 6 oz. cups, or even a 64 oz. pressure pot, in under five minutes. I can’t comment on compatibility regarding the Earlex, maybe someone else can.

I think the 5500 is a two stage, the Q4 is a four, which is an apples to oranges comparison. The 5500 will do a lot, as an upper consumer market product, but the Fuji system is designed for full-on pro use, and is relatively quiet. You can always turn the air down, but you can’t go get more…

A new Q4 system is ~ $1050. I’d offer $350 for the basic system, and be thrilled if the guy took $400. If a few different needle / air cap setups, a mini cup setup, pressure pot, or other accessories are included, $450, is an excellent price. If it’s all in good shape, even his asking price isn’t really out of the park.

You’ll probably want #3 and 4 setups, occasionally #5 or 6. I use the 3 for thinned solvent lacquers, dyes and stains, 4 for thicker lacquers and urethanes, waterbourne clears, shellacs, and enamel paint, 5 for General Finishes Milk Paint. I have a 6, and have used it once to spray latex, but never did it again. Latex is better with a brush, roller, or pump sprayer.

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#4 posted 10-13-2015 04:40 PM

Thanks for the info….. I bid 450, but lost it :( Ah well.

I have an immediate need to paint my porch t/g boards disassembled and then assembled. I have a Harbor Freight 38308. This website gives me some hope—http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sumner/techinfo/HVLPspraygun.html—that the HF gun will suffice for now. I did paint the tongue and groove edge of the boards, but being my first time I did not have the gun well adjusted. Also, not sure my Rolair Bull is going to have enough CFM to do the job. It’s 2HP, 4.3 gallon, with 5.4 CFM DELIVERED at 40 psi. Specs here—http://rolair.net/air-compressors/spec_pages/hand_carry/FC2002.html#specs

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