Recommend me a good economical ($100 or less) HVLP gun for Laquer.

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Forum topic by Somann posted 03-01-2016 04:45 PM 668 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2016 04:45 PM

Will be spraying some lacquer on some new cabinets, and not sure I want to risk my woodwork using my 15 dollar Harbor Freight gun. I will be using Sherwin Williams catalyzed lacquer, please also recommend an appropriate tip size. I’d like to find something that will work well, under $100 if possible.

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#1 posted 03-01-2016 06:09 PM

There are plenty of them out there for less than $100. I recently purchased one from HD for $65 and another $10 or so for attachments that was not included. It is a gravity feed one and it seems to work very well. Adjust the tip spray pattern, shoot it on a piece of cardboard before the project.


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#2 posted 03-01-2016 06:59 PM

I use the Porter Cable PSH1 and the Woodriver gun. Both are gravity feed type guns.
Basically the same unit, but you will need to add a regulator to the Woodriver version.
They both come with 1.4 or 1.5mm tips which spray lacquer very well. You might consider thinning the lacquer 10-15% with lacquer thinner.

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#3 posted 03-02-2016 01:48 AM

It doesn’t take a very good gun to spray solvent lacquer. It can be thinned as much as necessary to get good Atomization. Have you tested your $15 HF gun on wood prepared exactly as your project? Testing should always be the first step when trying something new with finishing.

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