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Sunnygirl

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1018 days ago

I’m getting ready to buy a turbine HVLP, have only sprayed one time in my life, so I’m trying to pick a good one. I’m trying to get the best one I can for my budget. I’m looking at the Earlex 6900 and the Campbell Hausfeld HV3000 (both 3-stage, I believe). I’ve read lots of reviews but still am not sure either one is very good. I would like to get the Fuji, but can’t swing the price. I will be spraying stains and finishes on cabinets, mostly waterborne. Would like to do latex paint occasionally, if possible. Does anyone have any insight to share on turbine HVLPs in this price range?


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Robert Campbell

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#1 posted 1018 days ago

I understand your concern about the cost and quality of HVLP Systems you are considering. I own and operate a furniture restoration business, and have graduated to a Titan HVLP Turbin system. I enjoy the versatility of my unit, (I have a selection of 6 needles, tips and nozzles) which enable me to spray virtually any finish. I personally, have not had success at spraying waterbased stain. Of the two units you are considering, I would choose the Earlex 6900. The heavy hose used on these systems, took a while to get used to, but I now prefer my system to any compressed air spray system. I no longer need to be concerned about water/moisture collection in my hoses, and I don’t need to wait for a compresser to top off before I can start spraying.

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StumpyNubs

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#2 posted 1018 days ago

Contact Charles Neil through his website. The guy has been finishing for near half a century and he’s known to give free advice! Here's the link. You won’t regret it, believe me! Plus, he has some DVD’s on it.

Tell him Stumpy sent you!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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CharlesNeil

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#3 posted 1018 days ago

your asking alot from a single unit, especially at a lower price, the earlex 6900 is a nice unit, cant speak to the other one, the difference will be in the needle/nozzles you use for varying viscosities of what you are spraying, , latex paint, is far different in thickness than a water base dye, the difference will be in the needle /nozzle and the power the unit produces, the needle /nozzle set up for paint is far different than that which is used for a thin dye,

the simple answer is get what you can afford, and learn the limitations

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 1018 days ago

I recommend a conversion type HVLP gun that operates off your compressor. I have been impressed with the Porter Cable gravity feed gun ($89), as well as the Wood River gravity feed gun ($39). They offer a very easy learning curve, and you will be quickly turning out high-end finihes.
Use the supplied 1.5 mm tip for lacquer and shellac
Use a 2.0 mm tip for latex paint ($10 extra)

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Sunnygirl

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#5 posted 1018 days ago

Thanks for all the good advice. Pinto, do you know of a portable compressor that will work with those guns? I think the compressor is a good idea, but would like it a portable system.

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404 - Not Found

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#6 posted 1018 days ago

A larger compressor is recommended for HVLP conversion guns due to the high airflow. I ended up getting the Fuji Mini Mite which is a terrific piece of kit, and has given me great results with waterborne, ac lacquers, acrylic and latex as long as they are thinned properly. For me, at the time, it was a big investment but consider how much time you will gain not waiting for finishes to dry and it will soon pay for itself (time is money, right?). I only wish I’d have bought it sooner and got the Q3 model (the quiet one) as the turbine is a bit of a screamer. A turbine system will also fit in a cupboard when not in use – and blow warm, dry, air – so you don’t get the associated moisture hassles of spraying when it’s cold and damp outside.

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Sunnygirl

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#7 posted 1018 days ago

The Fuji gets great reviews. It’s already a stretch to get the 3 stage in the Earlex or Campbell, but will look a little more for a deal on a Fuji. If I find one, I’ll have to wear earplugs for awhile lol. It won’t be the Q3 at this point. Hope to upgrade in the future.

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404 - Not Found

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#8 posted 1018 days ago

I realised I had to get some sort of spraying setup when I was trying to finish tri-fold plantation shutters in a cold, damp, February. Three days for oil based primer to dry. A day for each oil based top coat (x2) to dry. A whole week without being able to make any dust.
I made a similar job that I sprayed with waterborne coatings with the Fuji, done in a day and half and a much better finish to boot. The extra productivity is worth any cost.

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Sunnygirl

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#9 posted 1017 days ago

Wow, that’s great. What a difference.

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CharlesNeil

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#10 posted 1017 days ago

typically I use a 1.3 to 1.5 for most water bourne finishes, a 1.4 or 1.5 is pretty much standard for any application with exception to paints, then you need to look to 2.0 or larger , a 1.4 or 1.5 will handle lacquesrs , staind and dyes as well you will have to adjust the amount of fluid down for thinner materials like dyes or shellac, and open it up some for a WB finish,, good luck

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