Painting a project with an HPLV gun

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Forum topic by hianupam posted 02-04-2011 09:39 AM 1735 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2011 09:39 AM

I have been meaning to try painting with an HPLV gun and wondered if i can get feedback on a couple of points:
I have a 30 gal air compressor and a HPLV gun (not gravity fed)
I want to paint some shelves that I plan to build in our closet.

What kind of paint should I be using (open to both water based or oil based)?
How much should I thin it?
What sized needle should I use?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 03:13 AM

I use mine to spray thinned water based paint. About a cup of water to 3/4 of a quart of paint. I use a quart canning jar and save what is left over(for a short Time). You will have to experiment depending on your paint type.

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 04:19 AM

okwoodshop is right the paint must be thinned. It also helps if you have a powerful 4 stage turbine. I have a Fuji 3 stage turbine. All I spray is shellac and lacquer.


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#3 posted 02-05-2011 04:43 AM

Do you mean HVLP, High Volume Low Pressure?

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#4 posted 02-05-2011 04:46 AM

I’m also interested in the responses to this in addition:

The brand/type of paint
The air pressure used when spraying


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#5 posted 02-07-2011 06:23 PM

All thanks for the replies. @Chunk thanks for the correction. I did mean HVLP. I have a 1.7 mm needle. I am more partial to oil based paints. Any suggestions on brands and places to get them in and around houston?

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