harbor freight spray can for finish?

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Forum topic by JesseTutt posted 11-05-2013 09:05 PM 1425 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2013 09:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: spray finish lacquer

I have several of the harbor freight spray cans where you open the top, pour in a liquid, screw the top back on and then use an air compressor to pressurize the can. (A quick scan of hf’s web site did not bring up a link.) I have had good luck using this to spray WD-40, etc.

I have always wondered if it would work for spraying a finish like lacquer?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#1 posted 11-05-2013 10:49 PM

I can’t say whether that particular one will work or not, but I can tell you there are refillable aerosol systems that are designed specifically for applying finishes.

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 10:52 PM

I have read that these systems do a fair to poor job of applying adhesive and a truly lousy job at applying a finish.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 11:34 PM

I’ve never used the harbour freight particular system to apply lacquer, but I have tried the preval one. All I can say is “save your money.” I could have applied a better finish with a plant mister than I got from one of those things. I’m not sure where the problem lies with the preval, but it doesn’t atomize the finish well at all. Even a half pound cut of shellac didn’t spray very well. In short, Jim’s right. Having said that, give the harbour freight unit a try if it doesn’t cost too much money. My one piece of advice would be that you plan on reducing your lacquer to a substantial degree, much more than if you were using a traditional spray system.

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 11:38 PM

I looked at the Preval one with suspicion, no flow control, no air regulation, no fan settings, no hope of getting a decent finish?

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#5 posted 11-06-2013 01:51 PM

Jesse you’re killing me here!

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

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#6 posted 11-06-2013 02:29 PM

Don’t know about the HF sprayers but several years ago I used a Preval sprayer to spray 2 stage auto paint on a K5 Blazer I repainted. Used it to basecoat-clearcoat the all the hinges, bolts, and the pillars and areas I couldn’t access with the truck assembled. I was very pleased with the results and I promise ya, no one would have known it wasn’t done with a paint gun.

I don’t think you’d get a consistent enough pattern to spray a large area, but for small pieces and hard to access areas they’re very convenient.

-- Gary

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