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04-04-2008 01:42 AM

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Hey everybody, Lately i have been looking into a spray gun. i don’t think that i can afford a decent HVLP system so i figure that for now a spray gun hooked up to my compressor would do good for now unless anyone knows of a cheap HVLP system. my compressors stats are 1.5 running hp, 3 peak hp, 4.5 gallons, 7.1 SCFM at 40 psi, and 5.3 SCFM at 90 psi. so if anyone has any sprayer guns that they like that can perform off of this (i don’t care if my compressor is constantly running) or a low cost HVLP system. my price limit is probably 200-250. hope someone can help.

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#1 posted 04-04-2008 02:00 AM


Harbor Freight Tools has an HVLP system in your price range. Check here

Somewhere I just read a review of this and it did fairly well


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#2 posted 04-04-2008 02:19 AM


I have several generic cup guns, some from PA and some from my finish supplier. I also have a pretty nice HVLP from Graco that I use for clear finishes and I have two 2.5 gallon pressure pots…......that said, in skilled hands the cup gun can do as nice a job as the 3,500 dollar HVLP, just not as fast and uses more material. It kinda helps to be able to spray upside down but I managed for along, long time with out that “extra”.

If memory serves me right… have lots of pressure but you dont have the volume. You need about 20 cfm to get proper atomization (spelling?) or get down to an air brush. A way around this is to get an extra tank. Use your compressor to pump up the other tank and then you have volume without spending much money.

I wouldnt spend more the a hundred bucks on a cup gun, rather get an extra needle and tip. If you live in the USA… can get a nice generic cup gun for even less. Two cups are nice so that you always have a clean one.

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#3 posted 04-04-2008 02:47 AM

I know this is a little more than $250 bucks, but it’s worth taking a look at. Earlex Spray Station 5000. Marc reviewed it on his blog and was impressed.

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#4 posted 04-04-2008 03:39 AM

Think in lots of price directions…read the recommends on this…you might be able to save alot of money.
Do alot of shopping. Alot.

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#5 posted 04-04-2008 04:59 AM

I love a good gravity cup gun.

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#6 posted 04-04-2008 05:05 AM

I have a gravity gun from Grizzly. I think it was about $40. Works good enough for me.

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#7 posted 04-04-2008 05:17 AM

HVLP guns are great when you get a good one.. A cheap one rarely does what you want it. I would not want the harbor freight one.

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#8 posted 04-04-2008 05:19 AM

Take a listen to the latest Wood Talk Online. One of the callers brings up a great website to help in making this decison exactly.

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#9 posted 04-04-2008 06:22 AM

well if you can’t find the perfect sprayer then you could always use arosol spray cans for smaller prices. Search online and you can find them in just about any finish with enough searching. Just a thought. I agree that you would need a larger tank to use a sprayer because a sprayer takes a ton of Air.

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#10 posted 04-04-2008 08:48 AM

Try a critter. It’s cheap and basically no cleanup.

Uses standard mason jars for paint storage.

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#11 posted 04-04-2008 09:12 PM

thanks Gary. i think I’m decided on the critter. I’ve been looking at it for about a month now but the look of it kind of threw me away from it as there were no reviews at rockler for me to rely on. after seeing such wonderful reviews on amazon (4.5 rating) and the fact that i can use standard mason jars so i can store finishes and just swap from one cup to another after each finish (with some cleaning of course) has got me decided. thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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