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Forum topic by wwbob posted 11-04-2010 09:36 PM 3242 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2010 09:36 PM

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I just finished my first ever test using sprayed sanding sealer and sprayed lacquer. Put on 5 coats in a less than 2 hours including a snack break. I am a convert. A crummy piece of birch plywood looks great. A piece of mahogany looks stunning.

In my own defense, until now I’ve never had a spray booth. My workshop, the local high school’s wood shop, has a booth and the instructor got me started. I’m ready to take the plunge.

Here’s the question: $500 budget, what HVLP system should I put together.


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#1 posted 11-04-2010 09:42 PM

I’ve read many good reviews on the Earlex systems. Don’t have one personally, sprung a little more for a Graco 4900, but for the money they seem like nice units. The WoodWhisperer did a video review if I recall.
If your going to get into spraying lacquers, put some thought into some type of exhaust/ventilation system.

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 09:52 PM

Bob—I’ve been asking myself the same question … I think it depends on how much you plan to do.

For my shop, I have pretty much decided on the Earlex 5000 (~$300). I won’t be doing a lot of spraying, but there are some pieces where it just makes sense. If I planned to do more/larger pieces, I might bump up to one of the higher priced systems.

As Gary said, The WoodWhisperer has reviewed a couple of systems (including the Earlex).

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 10:33 PM

I’ve had the Earlex 5000 for about a year now and I really like it. Granted, this is my first and only HVLP, but I’ve had some really good results with it. I’ve sprayed latex paint, pre-cat lacquer and water-based poly. I wish the air hose was a little more flexible, but that hasn’t been an issue so far. It would be nice if the other sized needles were a little cheaper.

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 10:48 PM

Another vote for the Earlex 5000.

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#5 posted 11-05-2010 12:04 AM

Any gravity fed systems? Instructor’s spray gun was gravity fed.

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#6 posted 11-05-2010 01:31 AM

I also bought an Earlex 5000 a few months ago when they were on sale at Woodcraft. I had never sprayed anything before, but following the thinning instructions, the first effort (latex on plywood shelving) was a success. It is not what I would call a heavy-duty or “industrial” unit, but it seems like an excellent unit for light/occasional use with a variety of materials.

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