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09-12-2010 06:27 PM

I am looking for a hvlp convertion gun. what is a good one that you guys have used? I am new to spaying I dont want to spend a tone of money but I dont want to buy something that I will never use or have to buy another one. any help or advice will help. my compressor is 33gal I would like to buy the earlax but it is out of my price range I already have the compressor so I am looking at a convertion gun, I have read alot and charles neil did a video on the woodcraft winriver one but he works for them I was hoping to get advice from someone who acually uses one

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 06:43 PM

I bought the Earlex system, it was under £40.
I works very well.
One of my reasons for buying was the low cost of gun replacement. (£17)
You can also use a shopvac to power it with no apparent loss of quality.That was my first experience with an Earlex Gun and that is what made me change from HP.

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 10:57 PM

I have the smaller gun shown here;

I bought it as a goof for $19.99 and free shipping when I was buying a few other items at this EBAY store. Almost everything I’ve finished lately has recieved a final coat of water based poly from this gun. It has been easy to clean and pretty simply to learn with, not alot of overspray, and the only problems withthe gun are user error from not stopping with a “Light coat” I turn my compressor down to 40psi and away it goes.

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 02:55 AM

I just bought the HVLP Conversion gun that WoodCraft offers . Not a bad deal for $35 . So far I’ve just played around with it to get a feel for what does what . I’ll be srapying finish on a piece some time this .

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 03:13 AM

The woodriver is a great value for the price.

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#5 posted 09-14-2010 06:24 PM

I think I will start with the winriver for the price it looks real good

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#6 posted 11-20-2010 09:58 PM

I am spraying with my winriver spay gun for the first time wanted to know if you just have a couple things to spay what do u do inbetween coats do u clean the whole gun or just spray some thinner or something else through it

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#7 posted 11-21-2010 02:57 AM

Hey Jim

What are you spraying through it ? I spray water borne products through mine . If I’m spraying finish I’ll leave it in the gun till I’m done. So far all my finish projects I’ve been able to complete in one day, spraying 3-4 coats usually is an all day job . I was told you can leave product in the gun for a few days but I haven’t tried this .

Just to update since I’ve brought my gun , it works great . I really like the job it does , again I use it to spray waterborne finish . I like the fact WB products dry fast which lets me finish most projects in a day . For the money you can’t go wrong with this gun , I have a fairly large compressor so I have no air issues . I think you could use a smaller 30 gallon compressor, maybe even a 25 gallon . Of course your spray time will be shorter do to the smaller tank .

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