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Forum topic by John67 posted 03-09-2010 03:13 AM 1008 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2010 03:13 AM

Hello All,

I’m getting tired of brushing on the finish, let alone the time it takes. So, I’m considering to start spraying. I use MinWax Semi-Gloss (oil base) on all my projects and want to hear advice on what outfit I should look at. Is there a reasonably price spray gun out there?

Also, is there any draw backs using a spray gun verses brushing?

Thanks, John

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#1 posted 03-09-2010 03:39 AM

John, how big are your projects?

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 04:35 AM

I have the Fuji Minimite 4 HVLP. It’s currently $680, but you can find it for less. Love it. I use it to spray primarily water-based finishes from Target Coatings…I don’t have a reasonable/safe place to spray oil-based.

Earlex has a new system (5000) which is getting great reviews. Several hundred dollars less and just may be the ticket.

As for drawbacks, the biggest one would be that you do lose more of your finish to overspray. However, HVLP systems cut down on overspray compared to traditional spray systems. Setting up your spray gun does take more time than just dipping your brush, but in the end I think you’ll be rewarded with excellent results.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 04:42 AM

Make sure your gun is HVLP. I prefer the gravity fed guns. Easier to handle.

-- M.K.

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 04:48 AM

Hi Peter,

Lately I’ve been building cabinets with several shelves in them. Brushing, top and bottom of shelves, sides plus the outside and doors. One cabinet had seven shelves in it, a lot of brushing!!!


I’m never sprayed before, so I’m not familiar with these outfits, but I’ll definitely look into them.

Thanks, John

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 05:22 AM

Well, I’ve a Paasche air brush for the little stuff- I build little boxes like eyeglass cases, for example. It works really well for getting into all those fussy little corners without a lot of runs. I mostly use lacquer. I love the speedy drying time and ability to polish, plush you can hit the project with thinner when cleaning the little pot, and get some good reflow on the dry spots.

On big projects, I’m kind of old school. I have an old (‘60s vintage) Binks spray gun that I’ve painted cars with. It’s a lot of volume and waste unless you work it carefully. Again, if I’m painting a bookcase (for example), I’m dying trying to keep ahead of drying lacquer, spreading it with a brush.

Either way works for me when spraying lacquer, or even Minwax Polycrylic (waterbase; even though they say not to spray it- I think it is an EPA thing, not an OSHA thing). I just make sure to be set up not to breathe the fumes, and I don’t spray all that much, anyway.

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 06:02 AM

I own a Fuji 4 stage HVLP. Have a few guns I use. Love the system. Although I built an explosion proof finishing room, I spray mainly water based finishes from Target and Cambell. Great finishes. Like all the tools we use, better quality often means a little higher price.

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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