Graco 2900 for small jobs?

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Forum topic by RandyTsuch posted 11-15-2013 08:40 PM 1017 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2013 08:40 PM

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So here is another what spray gun/rig to buy thread.

I have recently been bitten by the woodworking bug, still working on building my project, but looking towards how to finish it. For this project, I am using curly maple.

Have already played with shellacs and wiping varnish, and I think I can get decent results if I go that way, but I would like to try spraying, if I can get a rig at a reasonable cost.
I think I want to try the Target water based lacquer, EM6000.

My projects are small, current project is a 12” x 12” x 6” box, and future projects will likely be of similar size.

I have considered compressors+detail guns, air brushes and other low priced HVLP’s, including the HF/Rockler one.
I don’t have a compressor, so if I go that route need both a compressor and the gun.

I can get a reconditioned Graco 2900 for a pretty low price. Figuring I would also need a 1.5mm tip.

So I am just wondering if the 2900 will work OK for spraying water based lacquer, or maybe some other type of clear finish that needs to be sprayed, for small projects.

Since this is for small projects, and not many of them (I work very slowly), I don’t expect to use this too often and don’t want to spend alot of money on it.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

EDIT: BTW, I live in So. Cal if that makes a difference. Fairly dry climate. I would be spraying outside.


-- Randy, Los Angeles/Brentwood, Ca

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#1 posted 11-15-2013 09:50 PM

I would get a compressor and gravity feed HVLP gun. You will need a compressor to fill car tires, use a brad nailer, etc. so that really isn’t a separate cost. The guns themselves are very inexpensive. Woodcraft sells one for $40, and Porter Cable sells a great $90 gun with regulator.
The gravity feed guns spray very well, and are easier to clean than an airless sprayer. You only clean the gun with gravity feed HVLP, however you have to clean a gun/hose/and paint reservoir on an airless system. I don’t mind cleaning up my airless if I just stained my fence, but I sure wouldn’t use it to spray a 12”x12” box.

Best of luck!

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

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 10:06 PM

Thanks for the info.

I was looking at little compressors and cheap HVLP’s. The easy clean up is appealing, if it’s a pain to use it will probably end up collecting dust. I was also looking at the critter because it’s supposed to be very easy to clean, and give reasonable results.

How small of a compressor do you think I could get by with?


-- Randy, Los Angeles/Brentwood, Ca

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