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Forum topic by WadeHolloway posted 07-29-2013 09:02 PM 990 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2013 09:02 PM

Many years ago I did a little cabinet work and we had a old fashioned paint pot with hose and spray gun that we used to spray Lacquer with. Now that I have got back into woodworking I have several projects that I want to do that I plan on using lacquer on and wanted to set up a small spray station. I am just hobbist and will never be in the cabinet business again so I do not really want to invest into a big compressor, hoses, paint pots and the like. So I have been looking at the Earlex Spray systems. There is a 5500 that is about 340 and a 6900 that is 500. I have never used one so I have no idea if Earlex is a good system or not. Mostly it seems to me that if you have a good gun and a steady air supply it should work pretty good. Does anyone have any experance good or bad with these systems or know of a better set up that does not cost a arm and leg to get started with. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 09:15 PM

I don’t have one but hear nothing but good about these systems keep trying to find out as much as you can though you are wise to do so.Have fun Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 09:54 PM

Clean, clean Clean and when you think the gun is clean!!!!!! yep clean it again, I have seen many good spray gun thrown out because the where not clean Get the paint 8-)

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 10:42 PM

I have the 5500 and I think it is great. I got mine from amazon for 300. I then bought a different size needle for fine finishing for another 40. It has been pretty easy to use for someone new to spraying. I have painted with oil based paint and sprayed stain and water based poly. Plus Earlextech is on here and is a great wealth of info for using the sprayer. The main complaints I saw about the earlex was that the hose comes off easily. Well that doesn’t happen if you put it on tight. Gun is easy to clean. Easier with water based products since you have to run whatever solvent your product is based on through gun. With oil based products you waste quite a bit of mineral spirits, but that’s the nature of the beast. I definitely recommend the 5500 for a hobbyist. My original cup was leaking and they sent me a new one with no questions asked and did not want the old one back.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 11:22 PM

When I switched from a compressor system to a turbine, I did a lot of research. I almost went for the one of the earlex units, but I prefer a non bleeder gun. Also I wanted a 4 stage unit so I’d have more flexibility as to what I could spray. I decided on a Fuji mini mite 4. I’m very pleased with it. It handles everything I need. A bit more than the 6900, but it’s a professional grade unit. The mini mite 3 is a bit less and can still handle most workshop finishes. The Fuji units come with their updated gun too.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 01:10 PM

Thanks for the guidance. It is good to know that Earlex has a represenative on the forum. I will check out the Fugi system to, it is one that I really had not heard anything about. I really can’t see myself spraying anything but Laquer but then you never really know what the future will bring. Thanks again guys.

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#6 posted 07-30-2013 01:15 PM

Wade, I’m here to help if you have any questions.

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

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#7 posted 07-30-2013 02:41 PM


I have the 5500 and love it. I’ve sprayed professionally for over 25 years and when I retired and now only work in my small shop at home, I decided to go with an HVLP system and decided on the 5500.

I’ve been using it for the past couple years and it’s done a great job. I’ve built two complete kitchens since retiring and all the spraying was done with the Earlex. (spraying pre-catalyzed lacquer)

Sam can certainly answer any questions you may have about the system, but for me, it works great for working in a small shop.

-- John @

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#8 posted 07-30-2013 03:05 PM

Thanks for the offer Sam, PM on the way to you.

Thanks Huff, it is always good to hear from someone who is using the system.

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#9 posted 07-30-2013 03:12 PM

+ 1 on the 5500

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