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Forum topic by bdresch posted 01-07-2017 05:52 PM 353 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bdresch

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01-07-2017 05:52 PM

I’ve got an Earlex HV2901P that I’ve been using for about a month now. It works pretty well and I can put down a pretty good finish with it. The only issues I have right now is that the cup is so darn big!!! It’s 1.5qt and you need almost 1/2qt in it the cup for the pickup to even work. I’ve been using it exclusively with General Finishes milk paint and water borne poly. At $28/qt I don’t really like to waste it and the huge cup size makes the last $7 worth in every can useless. The cup is also so wide on the bottom there is a ton of surface area for the paint to hang on to when I do empty the cup and all that $$ goes down the drain too. Does anyone have any ideas how I could improve this? I emailed Earlex hoping they have a smaller cup. Maybe I could extend the pickup tube a bit to get it close to the bottom and help a little. I really like the unit but now because of this I’m kinda regretting not getting the 5500.


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#1 posted 01-07-2017 06:08 PM

I have no problems pouring the remainder from the cup back in the can. Why aren’t you able to do this? Sam(earlextech) is a member here and would be the one to ask. He has been very helpful to me and other earlex users on LJ.

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#2 posted 01-07-2017 08:11 PM

its worse with thicker material like paint. A lot of it clings to the sides. And anything that you thin shouldn’t be returned to the can so all of that is thrown out. It ends up being about 1/4 at that’s unusable because of how wide the paint cup is and how far from the bottom the pickup tube is.

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#3 posted 01-09-2017 04:36 PM

Perhaps use a can liner such as those from Harbor Freight (or just a zip-lock freezer bag). When pouring unused paint back into can, you can pull out the liner and “squeeze” it out.

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