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konnection

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03-01-2014 05:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sprayer finishing paint sprayer tools

Hey guys, have a question. I’m in the market to buy an airless paint sprayer. Kind of lost with how many products there are. The types of projects I will use it for are wood stains etc, for small woodworking projects and interior paint for kids beds and other projects. Also, I am on budget.

Thanks!

-- Konnection


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camps764

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#1 posted 03-01-2014 12:45 PM

I’m no expert by any stretch, but I’ve had pretty good luck spraying paint with the Harbor Freight HVLP system. Just have to thin the paint down a little bit.

Heard pretty good feedback overall on it’s ability to spray finish as well.

The price was right to try it out, I think I got it on sale for less than $100.

I believe they also have an airless paint sprayer that is a different product….never heard anything good or bad about it.

-- Steve

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verdesardog

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#2 posted 03-01-2014 02:03 PM

I would not get an HLVP sprayer, all the contractors I have talked to say they are a PITA. I would get a real airless, even just a cup typ would be better that an HLVP. I do use a compressor fed HLVP conversion gun that I like a lot! and I have a hopper style airless with about a 50’ hose for large projects. If I were to get a new airless it would be one that can feed directly from the can though…..

-- .. heyoka ..

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camps764

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#3 posted 03-01-2014 03:14 PM

Good to see another perspective. I’ve done alright with it, but agree, it’s kind of a Pain in the butt to shoot paint with it.

-- Steve

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firefighterontheside

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#4 posted 03-01-2014 03:23 PM

I have the earlex help and it’s great. Clean up is a little annoying but what paint sprayer has no clean up. Airless with hose is completely impractical. It takes a gallon of paint just to fill the hose. The earlex 5500 may still be on sale at Rockler with the extra needle for fine finishing. It is $300. The electric airless like Wagner don’t do very well at finishing with stain and poly. There is a cheaper earlex that should be good too. The earlex is versatile. I have sprayed stain, oil based paint, water based and oil based poly. Clean up is with whatever is the solvent, mainly water or mineral spirits.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Clint Searl

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#5 posted 03-01-2014 04:50 PM

If you really want an airless, go with a Graco. Wagner is junk.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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retfr8flyr

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#6 posted 03-02-2014 01:01 AM

I also have an Earlex Spray Station, the 6900 and I am very happy with it. I have a big airless that I bought years ago for outdoor use and it’s such a pain with the overspray and a gallon of paint in the hose, that I end up never using it. It’s the last type of sprayer I would want to use for small projects. Overspray is killer with an airless and isn’t bad at all with the HVLP. I don’t know why you were told HVLP is a pain because, for a home environment, without a designated spray booth, I think it’s the only way to go.

-- Earl

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