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JustLikeJames

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04-21-2017 12:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hvlp fuji apollo sprayfine earlex latex

I want to step up from my 2 stage Earlex HV5500. It’s a great sprayer for nearly every wood finish except for latex paint. It will spray latex, but I have to thin it a little more than I’m comfortable with. I’ve considered airless, but the setup and cleanup is too much for the small projects I do. I looked at the Graco handheld airless guns, which are better for small projects, but I think they’d be heavy and awkward. So I’m going to stick to HVLP, but get a more powerful turbine.

I’d appreciate everybody’s opinions on the units I’ve got it narrowed down to. As far as specs on paper, these units all perform similarly but that’s just on paper…

Fuji Mini Mite 4
Apollo Eco 4
Sprayfine A401 (not much info on this one, but it’s much lower priced)

Thanks


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 04-21-2017 01:58 PM

I have a Fuji Super Gold 4, and can’t say enough good things about it….or their customer service. Even so, I doubt I would try to spray latex (if you mean wall paint), though I have sprayed a fair amount of acrylic enamel (sometimes labeled “latex”) though it, usually with the 1.8MM needle set. Works great.

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#2 posted 04-21-2017 03:19 PM

You can spray acrylic paint with any gravity feed conversion HVLP gun and a 2.0mm needle and nozzle set.
Thin 10-15% with water, and it will spray flawlessly.

I have an airless, which I never use for furniture or cabinets. I knew a cabinet maker that used an airless exclusively for spraying lacquer. It works and lays down a thick coat quickly, but as you mention the cleanup is a headache.

I have a collection of gravity feed HVLP guns running off the compressor. I am quite impressed with these simple guns. From poly to lacquer to acrylic they have all sprayed just the way I want. No orange peel, and good control to avoid runs or other problems.

If you are happy with your current sprayer for clear topcoats, and just want to add the ability to spray thick acrylic paint, why not just add a gravity feed to your arsenal?

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#3 posted 04-21-2017 03:48 PM

Fuji +1

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#4 posted 04-21-2017 04:13 PM

I really like my Fuji.


Fuji +1

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Blindhog

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#5 posted 04-21-2017 04:54 PM

Ditto for the Fuji Gold 4, great machine. Like the others have said, latex does not work well with these machines. I have found Target Coatings to be a good water-based finish to use with the Fuji.

Rick

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JustLikeJames

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#6 posted 04-21-2017 07:11 PM



I have a Fuji Super Gold 4, and can t say enough good things about it….or their customer service. Even so, I doubt I would try to spray latex (if you mean wall paint), though I have sprayed a fair amount of acrylic enamel (sometimes labeled “latex”) though it, usually with the 1.8MM needle set. Works great.

- Fred Hargis

I should have clarified that. I actually didn’t mean wall paint. My first task will be painting an exterior door so acrylic enamel is probably more accurate.
When I paint my walls, I just brush and roll.

I’m leaning toward Fuji (I’ve only heard good about them), but it’s a few $100 higher than sprayfine. My money is tight so I don’t want to spend more than I really have to. That’s what makes the choice hard.

Thanks.

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JustLikeJames

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#7 posted 04-21-2017 07:15 PM



You can spray acrylic paint with any gravity feed conversion HVLP gun and a 2.0mm needle and nozzle set.
Thin 10-15% with water, and it will spray flawlessly.

I have an airless, which I never use for furniture or cabinets. I knew a cabinet maker that used an airless exclusively for spraying lacquer. It works and lays down a thick coat quickly, but as you mention the cleanup is a headache.

I have a collection of gravity feed HVLP guns running off the compressor. I am quite impressed with these simple guns. From poly to lacquer to acrylic they have all sprayed just the way I want. No orange peel, and good control to avoid runs or other problems.

If you are happy with your current sprayer for clear topcoats, and just want to add the ability to spray thick acrylic paint, why not just add a gravity feed to your arsenal?

- pintodeluxe

I’ve considered that, but I currently don’t own or have room for a large compressor. I also like the ease of portability with turbine hvlp and that it’s all one predetermined, self contained system (kinda foolproof even for me).

Thanks

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#8 posted 04-21-2017 07:28 PM

I have Fuji 4, which I am very pleased with. I underutilize it however. Most often then not I choose oil based finish, which creates a mess if you do it inside without proper protection/ventilation so I feel I will sell it soon. For water based it is invaluable. You cannot make the same smooth finish with anything else.

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