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Forum topic by Tom622 posted 05-20-2018 03:32 PM 407 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tom622

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05-20-2018 03:32 PM

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good sprayer for a DIYer finishing furniture/cabinets? Also would I use the same sprayer for both paint and stain or get two sprayers? Thanks for the help.

Tom


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mbs

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#1 posted 05-20-2018 03:40 PM

I had the same question and just bought a Fuji HVLP system. I think most brands are good if you get at least 4 stages for spraying latex. Woodwisperer has a good video on youtube that describes the various options. You’ll need a wide selection of needles/caps to do all finishes.

Good luck.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 05-20-2018 03:42 PM

I’m happy with my Earlex 5500. No need for 2 sprayers.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 05-20-2018 03:51 PM

BTW I saw a brand new Fuji System on Craigslist in MA that would likely suit your needs. It also had the 3M PPS system which would be nice.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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Tom622

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#4 posted 05-20-2018 06:22 PM

Thank you both for the insights. I’ll look into both systems and see which will work best for me.

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Rich

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#5 posted 05-20-2018 07:16 PM

If you want a premium system, Fuji and Apollo are good choices. I recently bought a Sprayfine gravity gun for my Fuji Q4 and am impressed with its quality and performance. They sell full systems as well at a budget price. I’ve never used one, but based on my experience with the gun, I’d consider them in the future if I needed to replace my Fuji.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 05-21-2018 02:26 AM

Read Rich’s review on the Sprayfine here. http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/11169

Unit is here: http://www.turbineproducts.com/sprayfine-hvlp-turbine-bleeder-gravity-gun-w-600ml-cup/

I read through it and added it to my “to buy list” when the Craftsman one I have dies. For smaller jobs I use a Critter Gun that uses mason jars. Critter is here: https://www.amazon.com/Critter-Spray-Products-22032-Siphon/dp/B00006FRPJ

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Rich

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#7 posted 05-21-2018 04:29 AM


Critter is here: https://www.amazon.com/Critter-Spray-Products-22032-Siphon/dp/B00006FRPJ

- woodbutcherbynight

Wbbn, first I have to thank you for reminding me about the Critter. I had one maybe 30 years ago. Back then, I knew little about spraying and never used it much. When I bought my Fuji a few years later, I completely forgot about the Critter.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and I spray a lot of dye. Getting it from the mason jar to the sprayer cup and back without making a mess is a challenge — not to mention the cleanup for the gun. That’s where the Critter comes in. I already was mixing my dyes in mason jars, and that’s the cup the Critter uses. A match made in heaven. I can spray right out of my mixing and storage container, unscrew the gun and rinse it. Screw the lid on the dye and I’m done.

The thing with the Critter is that it is so pressure-sensitive. That, and some minor adjustment on the height of the spray nipple is the only control. I wanted to add a pressure regulator right at the gun, but the Critter uses a 1/8” NPT connector. Fortunately, I was able to find a 1/4” NPT to 1/8” adaptor. Now I can dial in a perfect spray volume right at the gun.

I also found a 1/4-32 die on Amazon so I can thread tubing for custom feed tubes.

I’ll probably do a blog post on this one of these days (crediting you for the inspiration).

Here’s my pimped out Critter:

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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rwe2156

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#8 posted 05-21-2018 03:26 PM

Water based: Airless. If the Fuji, Earlex, etc are not in your budget, check out the homeowner Graco and Wagner models. They really do a quite adequate job.

With a lot of thinning its possible to spray latex through a 1.4mm tip, but after messing around with it, IMO you need a gun with at least a 2 – 2.4.0mm tip to spray latex through an HVLP gun. IME its too much hassle that’s why I recommend the airless sprayer above.

For oil based I think HVLP is the best way to go.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#9 posted 05-21-2018 04:55 PM

I bought an Earlex 6000 from Highland. Practiced with it spraying water on the driveway for an hour or two. Used Shellac and a water based poly over red oak that had Danish oil applied. Honestly couldn’t be happier with the results. It was easy to use and easy to clean. I’m definitely going to stick with using shellac as a primer coat. It really makes a finishing easier and faster.

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d38

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#10 posted 05-21-2018 05:14 PM

I purchased an Earlex 6003 this spring, and like it. So far only about 10 interior window jamb and trim boards, but it handles Target Coatings sanding sealer and 9300 top coat with ease.
The Earlex 5500 will work also if it fits your budget better.
If you plan to spray latex, that’s a little harder because its thicker. Or instead use General Finish milk paint, or Target Coatings water based pigmented lacquer and color it to your liking.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#11 posted 05-22-2018 03:21 AM


Here s my pimped out Critter:

- Rich

Well I see I am in good company: same idea only difference is my regulator is removable to be used for other things.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Rich

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#12 posted 05-22-2018 04:03 AM


Well I see I am in good company: same idea only difference is my regulator is removable to be used for other things.

- woodbutcherbynight

That is so cool. Yours beats mine hands-down.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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woodbutcherbynight

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#13 posted 05-22-2018 04:07 AM


That is so cool. Yours beats mine hands-down.

- Rich

LOL, thanks! At the time I couldn’t come up with anything better. The drawer I keep both my Critters in is only so tall.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Rich

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#14 posted 05-22-2018 04:13 AM


LOL, thanks! At the time I couldn t come up with anything better. The drawer I keep both my Critters in is only so tall.

- woodbutcherbynight

Wait. Two Critters? You’re killing me. I’m feeling really inadequate right now…lol

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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