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Forum topic by Walter posted 12-08-2014 02:47 AM 1177 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2014 02:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: airless sprayer wagner aireless

I am sure this has probally been beat up already but could not find information.
I paint small projects such as book cases, toy boxes doll beds outside chairs etc. Have tried spraying with HVLP guns but as I learned latex is not a friend to this gun. Woodworker Journal recently got me on the spraying again using airless paint sprayers.

if a project is painted usually latex, if stained usually oil base. looking to spray toy box, chair and 8 doll beds. Paint is latex white. So I looked at the Wagner plus realizing it is not the best but not the bottom of the line HF. Live in Maine so spraying in the shop with propane heater. I do have a compressor but thought the airless would be easier with no thinning, hoses and cleanup looked easier. looking at staying under $150 for first time buy. It is a hobby so not looking for a huge investment.

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#1 posted 12-08-2014 04:43 AM

I recently bought the Wagner Paint Ready HVLP (the one HD sells for $119) for spraying clear water based acrylic. When I first tried it, it wouldn’t shut off, which is inimical to economical use of material. Field stripped it, and found the plastic valve (male part) wasn’t seating properly into the femaie orifice, which only required some wiggling to correct. But I’m not very happy having those critical parts out of plastic instead of metal. Fortunately, I was able to adapt the hose to my old sprayer (the blower switch had died, and it would have been a bitch to replace it). Works fine, now. I do like the 2 speed blower, as full blast throws out too much material for fine finishing.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#2 posted 12-08-2014 12:46 PM

HVLP can be used to spray latex and outdoor oil stain, but the spray tip needs to be the appropriate size for the fluid viscosity. I don’t spray much latex, but found HVLP better than airless because of more adjustability with the gun. Search for info about tip sizes and fluid viscosity, ford viscosity cups, and spraying latex. What HVLP gun are you using? Are different size tips available? If not, a gun with available tips is necessary to spray widely varying viscosities. A lot depends on what your expectations are for the final finish.

Clean up is about the same for HVLP vs a wagner type attached cup airless. Those type of airless are great for doing fences, barns, and houses, where it’s much easier to get 120v power vs lots of air.

If finishing for indoor use, I recommend Target Coatings EM6000 series, a waterborne lacquer in clear and tinted. When painting I typically use bulls eye primer, EM6000 tinted for color, then the clear to protect it. Target Coatings has an entire line of waterborne furniture and architectural coatings.

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#3 posted 12-08-2014 03:31 PM

I have an Earlex 6900 HVLP setup and I don’t have any problems painting with latex. If you have a compressor I would get a decent HLVP spray gun, with a tip designed for latex and give it a try. Airless seems like overkill for doing small projects.

-- Earl

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#4 posted 12-08-2014 03:47 PM

Designed to spray latex paint!
If you want a “fine” finish, call to order the 1.5mm needle set.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#5 posted 12-08-2014 04:43 PM

I’ve used a cheap Wagner that came from the clearance bin of Sherwin Williams and it does work pretty well. The plastic parts can be fragile and I’ve done some repairs using super glue. The main reason I don’t care for it is the lengthy clean up time. It takes a good half hour to flush the system to prepare it for storage. That’s using latex or acrylic and oil-based paints are a genuine nightmare to cleanup.

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#6 posted 12-08-2014 08:08 PM

I find I can leave the water based acrylic in the gun for long periods without problems. Only have to scrape the dried stuff off the spray tip to start spraying again. Of course this works only as long as I don’t need to switch finishes.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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