Spraying Latex Paint, Siphon or Gravity Feed?

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Forum topic by smboudreaux posted 07-08-2011 02:12 AM 12103 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2011 02:12 AM

I just built a bookcase for my wife’s classroom that she wants painted. Can latex paint be sprayed from a gravity feed gun or does i have to be a siphon feed? does the paint need to be thinned for use in a gravity feed gun?

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#1 posted 07-08-2011 02:17 AM

I spray it from a gravity feed gun. I thin mine to 60 seconds thru a viscosity cup.

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#2 posted 07-08-2011 02:31 AM

And, it would be very difficult to spray latex from a siphon setup unless you thinned the latex so much that it would affect finish quality. A pressure setup works well, though, if you have it.

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#3 posted 07-08-2011 03:02 AM

Siphon feed is very difficult to spray tight corners. Even gravity gun can be a problem.

I like to use Pressure-Feed Guns.

Have you glued the book case yet?

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#4 posted 07-08-2011 03:33 AM

yeah its all put together. i’ve been messing with it all afternoon. i acquired a kobalt gravity feed gun from i dont recall where. finally startin to see some better results. i thinned the paint with water. didn’t measure anything just added water in various amount. you know how it is when you get excited. had to see if i could figure it out.
thanks for the help fellas,

discovered a new problem. my lil donut compressor wont cut it. it keeps up but it never shuts off. looks like a trip to sears is in order

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