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Forum topic by Steven H posted 07-23-2011 05:26 AM 5991 views 2 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steven H

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07-23-2011 05:26 AM

Who here has sprayed paint with this gun?

I need to spray at least 4 gallons of paint. Will this be too much?


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#1 posted 07-23-2011 10:44 PM

What kind of paint? I have a 5000 which is a good gun, but as I understand it the 5500 is a lot better. I am sure it will do it fine but you may need a larger tip. Wheres the Earlex guy when you need him?

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#2 posted 07-25-2011 10:58 PM

I’m right here! I just recently painted the exterior of my house with it! Worked great. Ran through about 7 gallons over about 14 hours of spraying. Thinned latex about 10% with the 2mm needle, but switched to the 1.5 for the fascia/soffit and trim!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#3 posted 07-25-2011 11:00 PM

I was just about to say, “Where’s Earlex Sam?” lol! He’s faster than his finish:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 07-26-2011 12:15 AM

So what is the difference between 5000 and 5500 gun?

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#5 posted 07-26-2011 12:32 AM

Exactly the same gun. The turbine however, has twice the cfm output @ 42!!!
and the hose is improved…

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#6 posted 07-26-2011 01:41 AM

So how do we upgrade to the better turbine and hose without buying the gun and such???

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#7 posted 07-26-2011 05:48 AM

My original plan was to get the Graco Proshot. But I might change my mind and get this gun instead.
So this gun wont have problem spraying at least 15 gallon latex paint?

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#8 posted 07-26-2011 02:19 PM

Steven – this is a professional gun. Aluminum with stainless steel needle/tip and passages.

Les – I’m not in retail (anymore, thank g-d) You’ll have to ask at the store you bought the unit originally or call Melissa @ 704-812-4363.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#9 posted 07-31-2011 02:00 AM

What needle size should I use for XIM peelbond?

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#10 posted 07-31-2011 05:22 AM

How many times do you think you will have to stop and refill the cup in order to spray through 15 gallons. Just does not seem the most effective and efficient gun for your project.

Then consider the weight of the gun with fluid in it and continual waiving of the gun.

As a custome cabinet guy myself, and if i were looking to spray 15 gallons of latex paint, i would look at a 2.5 gallon pressure pot with a binks or devilbiss gun and the appropriate sized needle. Then you will spend more time spraying and less time refilling and your arm will be thankful you went with a gun that did not have the added weight of a cup full of latex paint attached.

Also consider spraying in tight places such as a shelving unit, or even spraying upside down. The pressure pot set up the gun will only have two small hoses attached and would not be limited to having a cup attached. And you could spray completely inverted with no issues.

Of course i rely on this equipment for a living so i prefer to utilize higher quality equipment, but while the set up i suggest might be over kill for what you are doing, if your investing the money, why not go in with a little more to get you a set up that will allow you to spray anything from fine furniture to houses.

In the Navy, they always taught working smarter and not harder was the best way to go.

I do have exp with the earlex 5000, i owned one, and it is not on the same playing field as a good spray pot set up with a binks or devilbiss gun. And uf you are budgeted for the earlex, the set up i suggest will only cost a few more coins but will jot leave you wishing for more later on.

I just wish i had someone tell me this same thing a few years ago when i threw a few hundred bucks at my earlex, just wish i could have that money back and a do over.

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#11 posted 08-02-2011 11:04 AM

I have the 5500 and love it. I would agree with the above comment from flyforfun. If I was painting my whole hose I would buy or rent and bigger unit. You would be stopping to fill the can way to much. I have a wagner Airless sprayer and did 3 coats on a 140 foot stucco wall in under 3 hrs. I swore it took longr to clean the gun and hose. The money I saved painting my self made it real easy to spend the 350 for the sprayer or you can rent them for the day.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 08-02-2011 05:02 PM

I saw a post over in the WoodWhisperer forum that somebody had this unit on sale.

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#13 posted 08-02-2011 06:51 PM

Peel Bond can not be thinned and therefore will not go through an HVLP system. Use an airless.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#14 posted 08-02-2011 07:10 PM

If it were me, I would rent a airless sprayer for that amount of paint. They are designed for Latex and the pick up tube is placed directly into the 5 gallon bucket of paint. Save yourself a headache trying to spray 15 gallons of paint with a standard HVLP gun.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#15 posted 08-03-2011 04:38 AM

I can relate to the wagner airless sprayer story mentioned by Ken. I could spray a house in no time but would spend a ton of time just cleaning the thing. I remember spraying my sisters shed in what seemed just minutes but then a good solid hour for a thorough cleaning. Now we spray a lot more then i had ever planned or imagined, mostly cabinets though. We have managed to gain a good bit of exp through trial and error stuff.

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