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Forum topic by InstantSiv posted 04-27-2014 10:16 PM 939 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2014 10:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: spray gun finishing

Are the spray guns proprietary to the turbine system or can you buy a different brand gun to go with a different brand hvlp turbine?

For example if I find a deal on a Fuji brand spray gun will it work with an Apollo brand hvlp turbine?


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#1 posted 04-28-2014 12:34 AM

It should work. I’ve used Apollo guns on my fuji turbine.
One thing to keep in mind is if the gun is a bleeder or not. If it’s not, there needs to be a place for the excess air to go. If the turbine is designed for non-bleeder guns, you’re good.

What are you looking at?

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 04:59 AM

Hi NiteWalker, I just got an eco-5. I’m planning on spraying up to 4 different colors at a time so I’m trying to figure out if it makes sense to buy 4 spray guns instead of spraying a color then cleaning and repeating that process for the other 3 colors.

Going with 4 Apollo guns is at least $200 each, it is going to be EXPENSIVE!

I just found this gun http://www.spraygunworld.com/Information2/Turbine/CAT/CATStart.html
These are only $138.

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 05:05 AM

Those guns are ok; you don’t have fan width control though.

The eco-5 is a really nice system aside from the gun it comes with.
I prefer non-bleeders. The apollo 7500 is probably the best gun I’ve used, but expensive.
If it was for making money, I’d have no problem with spending the cash for four of them.

On the other hand, you could get 3 of the guns you linked to, and if whatever you do produces enough income, upgrade if desired. :-)

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#4 posted 04-30-2014 01:05 AM

I picked the eco-5 because it could spray latex without thinning. The extra $ for the 5-stage was not that much more than 4-stage offerings. I figured that it would be cheaper over the long run to spray straight from the can rather than having to waste time thinning.

What’s the reason for wanting a non-bleeder over a bleeder? What benefits do you get with a non-bleeder over a bleeder other than the air not flowing out the front?

I don’t think I have a need for advance features on the guns. I’m going to be spraying cornhole boards with plans to expand into signs way down the road. So large flat surfaces… do you think I would need stuff like fan control and a higher quality finish?

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#5 posted 04-30-2014 01:26 AM

I bought my 4 stage fuji over the 3 stage for the same reasons. :-)
That said, I’d still thin latex a bit for better finish quality.

I prefer non-bleeder guns since they don’t have the air coming out the front, yes. Less dust being blown around.

The fan control equates to more versatility when spraying different finishes. You’ll probably be ok without it based on your uses.

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#6 posted 04-30-2014 01:26 AM

I bought my 4 stage fuji over the 3 stage for the same reasons. :-)
That said, I’d still thin latex a bit for better finish quality.

I prefer non-bleeder guns since they don’t have the air coming out the front, yes. Less dust being blown around.

The fan control equates to more versatility when spraying different finishes. You’ll probably be ok without it based on your uses.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#7 posted 04-30-2014 02:46 PM

Any systems that have quick connects on the hose should fit anybody’s gun. Our “Spray Station” systems are proprietary, nobody elses gun would fit, but our new “Spray Port” systems have quick connects and would fit anyones system with quick connects.
All HVLP systems bleed. Either at the gun or at the turbine. Your gun must match that setup.

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