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Forum topic by xeddog posted 12-31-2016 01:31 AM 632 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2016 01:31 AM

I have a little bit of money burning in my pocket and I was thinking of spending it for an HVLP turbine system. I have done some looking around at prices and functionality, but I am having a hard time justifying the expenditure. Reason? I am just a hobbyist and don’t do more than one or two (maaaaaybe three) projects a year, and those projects would all fit onto my 4×8 table. I don’t think I could ever get a return on my investment, but not being a professional, I wouldn’t get a return on a pencil either.

Most of what I would be spraying would be stains (lately I have come to like General Finishes Dye Stains) and clear finishes, mostly oil based poly. But there might be occasional projects that might need different finishes. For example, I just finished a “trash house” for my daughter to house her garbage and recycle cans. She will want to paint it some shade of grey, but I just did the primer coat and the primer was pretty thick. I almost pulled the trigger on a Fuji Mini Mite 4, but decided the Mini Mite 3 would be good. But then pulled back from that one too because I don’t think I can justify it.

Then I started thinking that since I have a mid-size air compressor that can deliver 6 scfm @ 90psi, why not just spend less than $100 for a conversion gun? That way, I could also buy the new drill press to replace my Craftsman Drill that is inadequate, and has a bearing or two starting to fail.

So the questions are – 1. From what I have told you, do you think I would be ok with a conversion gun? And what are your recommendations for a good, reasonably priced HVLP conversion gun under . . . say . . . $100? I’m thinking maybe something with a gravity feed cup.



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#1 posted 12-31-2016 11:50 PM

Wayne, just to get this thread started, I will suggest you consider this HF gun. I am not a big fan of HF products, but for occasional use items, it might make sense. FWIW

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#2 posted 01-02-2017 07:19 PM

IF you get a conversion gun, you’ll want a regulator at the gun,too. guns usually run between 15-30 psi at the gun, depending on the gun, and a regulator at the gun keeps the PSI more even than the regulator on the compressor.

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#3 posted 01-02-2017 07:26 PM

+1 on the purple HVLP gun from HF that Art pointed to. Same gun is sold a lot of places for a lot more, lays down a beautiful finish, and is super easy to clean. Right now, there is a 25% off coupon on the HF site good for today only, so you can pick it up for about $10. I do highly suggest you open the box up before purchasing to make sure the tools and accessories are in there – several people have found them missing when they got home.


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