what hvlp sprayer to use for stains and polyurthane

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Forum topic by mtappe posted 02-03-2014 07:30 PM 1056 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2014 07:30 PM

what hvlp sprayer to use for stains and polyurthane thats not too expensive just starting out trying to spray stain finish rather than brush and wipe off. would rather spray and let dry a couple coats to achive a darker mahogany red tone on these maple doors. any suggestions on type of sprayer and tips on how to spray a quality finish would be helpful.
Also what is everyones thoughts on water based poly finish?


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#1 posted 02-03-2014 10:43 PM

I recently bought a Rockler HVLP ($135 ??) for spraying varnish and so far I really like it. I’m using oil based right out of the can.

I’ve never used water based poly, might give it a try some day.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 12:13 AM

I have the earlex 5500 and it’s great, but runs $300. They make a little cheaper one that would probably fit the bill. There’s a good review of the 5500 on here tonight. I would check that out.

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

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 01:56 AM

I spray stain, poly, and lacquer with a gravity feed HVLP gun. If you already have a compressor, it is a minimal investment. Woodcraft sells one for $30, and Porter Cable makes a nice one with a regulator for around $90.
They make quick work of applying stain (although I always wipe it off with a rag), and lay down nice finish coats of poly or lacquer.

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

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