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Forum topic by MrRon posted 06-25-2013 06:08 PM 748 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2013 06:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: spray gun

Has anyone thought about using a common household vacuum cleaner as an HVLP sprayer? Vacuum cleaners seem to be able to supply a large volume of air. I remember years ago, vacuum cleaners came with a sprayer attachment that worked on the syphon principal.

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#1 posted 06-25-2013 06:13 PM

Yes MrRon – everyone has.

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#2 posted 06-25-2013 06:16 PM

The problem is air is compressible, and a vacuum cleaner exhaust is lousy at compression. It uses non-positive fans to develop the air movement, so slippage is inevitable and unwanted.

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#3 posted 06-25-2013 06:46 PM

All of the “HVLP” sprayers on the market that I am aware of use fans to develop pressure and hence, air flow.
Well, all but the ones that connect to a regulated and diluted compressed air line.

I have worked with equipment that can develop 7 psi pressure with a fan and using multiple stages you can develop thousands of pounds of force with fans.

But, I have wondered the same thing about the old “Electrolux” paint sprayers. I think I even posted the same question on here a couple years ago.

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#4 posted 06-25-2013 07:00 PM


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#5 posted 06-25-2013 07:14 PM

Mr. Ron,

Earlex is being funny… HVLP Turbines ARE vacuum motors. One of the most famous OEM’s is Ametek...

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#6 posted 06-25-2013 09:28 PM

Years ago, don’t remember exactly when, there was a DIY HVAC article in Fine Woodworking mag using a vac motor similar to one of these motors from Grainger.(

So it is not a far fetched idea and if I were ever tempted to go HVLP that’s how I would do it.. In fact here is a reprint.

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#7 posted 06-25-2013 11:36 PM

I have a folder with a copy of that Fine Woodworking article because I was going to build one once upon a time. But that was when HVLPs were a small fortune. They are relatively cheap now and it probably is only worth it if you want to experiment and already have the vacuum motor and a gun. But do it – I’ve always wondered how it would work.

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