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Forum topic by PurpLev posted 06-25-2010 08:11 PM 1977 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PurpLev

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06-25-2010 08:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question hvlp waterborne mesh strainer supplier straining needle size

OK, so I got the sprayer, next I’d like to get some waterborne finish – probably GF in a pint size to run some tests.

All manuals suggest to strain the finish into the cup, but I cannot find any mesh strainers anywhere, looked at LV, Rockler, and Woodcraft and Amazon. Where do you guys get you straining meshes from?

Also, for those of you spraying waterborne poly – are you using fine or medium needle?

Thanks in Advance.

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#1 posted 06-25-2010 08:17 PM

Sherwin Williams, Ferral Calhoun or any local paint supplier should have them. I just checked on EBAY and they’ve got em. Mesh paint strainer

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#2 posted 06-25-2010 08:29 PM

I just got some disposable mesh paint strainers from the orange big box. I think it was like $2 for a pack of 5, and they last for many strains. The non-mesh is paper, but even that can last through several washings.

For your other question, I use a No. 3 “fine” (Fuji) needle for Target waterborne varnish and lacquer – wouldn’t imagine it would be any different for the same company’s poly. I found for me it did make a difference in final finish quality (at least for varnish and lacquer), but not as huge a difference as I thought compared to the stock No. 4 needle. Of course, this will all depend on your specific sprayer and finish.

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 08:31 PM

Try your auto supply store

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#4 posted 06-25-2010 08:46 PM

I would use a fine needle, the finest I could find. That stuff wants to run like it aint nobody’s business.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#5 posted 06-25-2010 08:49 PM

Raftermonkey:’‘That stuff wants to run like it aint nobody’s business’’

LOL – thanks for the tip (no pun intended) though. I see that both the fine and medium tips are usually listed for waterborne. personally I was thinking fine would be more fitting – just looking to see if I got it ‘right’

Thanks for all the suggestions, I’ll stop by HD later sine I’m there anyways to see what they’ve got, although the eBay listings seemed to be the most financially reasonable.

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#6 posted 06-26-2010 06:01 PM

Second what Lynn said. Also stop by your local Auto Collision Repair facility- they can tell you where they get theirs- maybe even give you a couple to get started.

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#7 posted 06-26-2010 06:14 PM

Thanks, I did stop at HD and all they had were 1-5 gallon strainers, and MEDIUM cone strainers.

I’ll try Lowes, and autozone and see if they have anything better, and if not, I’ll see if there’s any auto repair shop in the area. thanks for the suggestions again.

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#8 posted 06-26-2010 06:20 PM

Get in your caaaaaaa and drive to Baaaaaaaston. I’m sure you’ll find some in the big city. :-)

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 06-26-2010 06:42 PM

Gee Thanks Charlie… before this thread I didn’t even realize I needed a Caaa!

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#10 posted 06-26-2010 06:47 PM

I was getting them at the auto parts store that sells auto paint near my house, but last time I visited Harbor Freight I bought a large box. (100 I think) The quality has been fine. Just like the ones I was paying 3 times as much for.

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trimmer

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#11 posted 06-26-2010 07:24 PM

see your wife and still some old nylons from her.

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 06-26-2010 08:38 PM

What’s wrong with using his own nylons?

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#13 posted 06-26-2010 08:44 PM

@Charlie – Isn’t it obvious? Because they’ll be ruined.

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#14 posted 06-26-2010 11:04 PM

Good point, Peter. :-)

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#15 posted 06-26-2010 11:36 PM

Sharon
you’ll get the best ones from an automotive paint store and there usually 1/2 the price of a box store.

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