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jtm

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136 days ago

Hi all,

I’m trying to spray some General Finishes dye stain. Here’s the problem….

I have the HF turbine HVLP kit. Everyone says it’s identical to the Rockler version. But here’s the problem. The HF kit comes with 1.4/1.8/2.0 tips. The Rockler comes with 0.9/1.8 tips.

I need a 0.75 tip for dye stains according to the General Finishes website. The Rockler would be close at 0.9, but there’s no way I’m going to spend another $150 on their machine to get just one tip. I’ll see if I can order just the tip at Rockler tomorrow, but from what I’ve read online, I’m not sure I’ll be able to.

So I tried spraying the dye stain with the 1.4 tip (on a test piece). It comes out very heavy with lots of pools of droplets on the workpiece (“splattery” I guess, for lack of a better word).

Is there any way to hand wipe a dye stain and get sprayed results? I’m using cherry, so needless to say, it’s very blotchy. Won’t a wash coat impede the ability of the dye to penetrate the wood?

Any other suggestions? This is very frustrating.

Thanks


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thedude50

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#1 posted 136 days ago

turn the flow up and the paint volume down for a finer mist this is what I do on my fuji and I never have an issue

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#2 posted 136 days ago

There’s no option for that.

This is a continuous airflow turbine HPLV system. You can’t adjust airflow – only paint volume.

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thedude50

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#3 posted 136 days ago

you should have two valves on the gun right

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thedude50

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#4 posted 136 days ago

one widens the pattern more airflow the other picks up more paint turn the paint down and widen the pattern

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#5 posted 136 days ago

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#6 posted 136 days ago

looks like you only have one valve so your going to have to see if you can get the finer tip sorry bro thats why I recommend fuji simply the best performance

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#7 posted 136 days ago

THanks for trying

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#8 posted 136 days ago

np good luck hopefully they offer the tips you need

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#9 posted 136 days ago

Try turning the fluid flow down.
You want mostly air coming from the gun with very little fluid.

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#10 posted 136 days ago

I’ve sprayed the same dye with my HF. Close the flow valve then slowly open until you get the pattern you want. It should spray dye with no problems.

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#11 posted 135 days ago

Cutworm,

I tried that, but it gives out only a tiny tiny spray pattern.
I fear that I’ll get a ton of striping if I try to do it that way.

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#12 posted 134 days ago

I was able to order the 0.9 tip from Rockler for $12.

Still way cheaper to buy the HF sprayer with the extra tip ($100 total w/ 4 tips) vs. the Rockler version with only 2 tips for $150.

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