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Forum topic by woody57 posted 02-28-2010 08:35 PM 3472 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2010 08:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: spray guns

I need a new spray gun real bad. I was looking at some in the McFeely’s catalog. They have the Earlex and Applo.
I will be primarily spraying laquer and polyurethane, but I my want to spray paint as well. I want something that is easy to clean. I also want something that is going to last a long time and that you can easily get parts for.

Any ideas?

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 11:20 PM

I have the Apollo spraymate. I love the unit. While not as big as many others, I find it just the right size for my uses. I think the Apollo is rated a little higher than the Earlex, but I guess it all comes down to personal preference. I have 2 guns also, one for acrylics and one for solvents. Since the viscosity settings are different doe each type, I find this easier than constantly readjusting from extreme to extreme based on what is being used.
Keeps my clean ups simpler too.

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#2 posted 03-01-2010 03:40 AM

Most retailers have the Earlex on sell now. Pretty good deal too. I haven’t used mine that much, but when I have used it, I have to say it does great. Fairly easy clean up too.

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#3 posted 03-01-2010 04:04 AM

Depends on your air source. DeVilbiss and Binks (actually Binks is now owned by DeVilbiss, but they still market the Binks brand) are hard to beat but you will need about a 10 CFM at 50 psi air source. Binks Mach 1 is a good gun and very versatile, depending on needle/fluid tip, and air cap combination. Not cheap, but what the professionals use.


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#4 posted 03-01-2010 04:10 AM

Just a quick note from today’s experience. We switched to a different lacquer then what we typically use per customer request. We use a simple Kobalt gun I pay 38.00 for at Lowes. Does a great job. The new lacquer stated on instructions, thin up to 10%. Our other lacquer we would thin down to 50%. So the lacquer was thick and I was having issues with spraying it. I tried the Earlex 5000 we have because it has different needle sizes. The 1.5 mm needle allowed too much fluid and gave a large orange peel effect on the lacquer. Then I went with the 1.0 mm needle and still had the orange peel affect, only a little smaller this time. Still at a loss, I splashed some lacquer retarder into the lacquer and back to what has always worked in the past, my trusty 38.00 kobalt Lowes gun. The retarder evidentally was the fix I needed. The lacquer flowed out extremely nice using the correct pressure and settings on my kobalt gun and the finish turned out awesome on a set of kitchen cabinet doors. So I paid 300.00 for the Earlex last year and still the kobalt 38.00 gun out performed the Earlex easily. The issue I was having all along was the lacquer was drying to quick and was clogging my kobalt gun not allowing the fluid to “flow” properly through the gun and since I could not thin the lacquer like I am used to I was assuming it may have had something to do with a limitation in the gun since the kobalt gun is designed for thinner materials like lacquers.

Point is, unless you are going in at 500.00 and picking up a nice spray pot like a brinks, I would personally steer awary from the Earlex and go with a Kobalt gun from lowes and just wait until I am able to peice together enough nickles to afford a real set up for 500.00 or more. The kobalt guns do not possess a wide spray pattern but I feel that would be the only drawback.

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#5 posted 03-01-2010 04:22 AM

I have the Earlex HV5000 and use it quite a bit. I mostly shoot poly, but I’ve used it for stain, dye, poly paint, shellac, urethane, milk paint … Some thick stuff requires a little thinning.

Cleanup is simple – basically run some thinner through the gun a few times until the cup is clean, then take a few parts out of the gun and scrub them with a brush and thinner. A few minutes.

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