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Forum topic by bluekingfisher posted 12-09-2014 03:19 PM 1080 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bluekingfisher

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12-09-2014 03:19 PM

I recently purchased an Earlex HV5500 spray station, which was on offer, at £171 Amazon.co.uk to complete an imminent project.

In addition to the included 2.0mm needle I had cause to call the Earlex service centre for some advice on appropriate needle sizes for the finishes I intend to spray. The chap, Brian I believe, could not help enough, explaining what was needed and how to go about it. As well as the additional needle I purchased (£18 from Earlex – £48 from Amazon??) I bought a few accessories. On receipt of delivery they had included two of the same item, rather than the two different items I ordered. A quick call to Earlex telling them what had happened resulted in a replacement item being shipped that afternoon with no need to return the incorrectly despatched item.

Suffice to say, a business which provides good old fashioned and courteous after sales service. Thoroughly recommended.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan


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#1 posted 12-10-2014 12:49 AM

How soon before you get to test it out on something? I’m in the market as well and have been going back and forth between brands and would love to hear from a first hand experience. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#2 posted 12-10-2014 08:33 AM

How long is a piece of string Pat. I have been building a wardrobe (intended painted project) for a couple of months now. Having the time to visit the shop right now is limited for one reason or another.

It may be sometime in the new year before I have the opporchancity to give it a test drive. However ,from what I have read and seen on Youtube, the reviews and experiences have been very positive indeed.

I believe the 5500 is a far superior machine to the 5000?? which it replaced. I have even heard of guys using the 5500 to respray motor vehicles. Not sure I would want to respray the whole vehicle but a body panel or two may well be well within its capabilities, with the correct needle size.

I just intend to use latex paint with a top coat of water base lacquer. I bought the 1.5mm needle as an optional extra to use with the lacquer. The price form the service centre was a 1/3 of the price of a replacement on Amazon?? I’m not sure of the reason for the huge price variance, I suspect to capture the unfortunate who cannot be bothered to search around for the best prices?

I will let you know how it goes when I crank it up for the first time. The other consideration is of course the tempreture this time of year, freezing conditions don’t bode well for a fine finish on water bourne paints and finishes.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Belg1960

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#3 posted 12-10-2014 12:06 PM

opporchancity this has to be one of those “English” word LOL. Thanks so much for the reply, can’t wait to see the wardrobe either going to be a monster or very ornate if its taking you months to get to this point. ;-) Or maybe work more than 1/2 hr at a time.
Did you find anyone page online to more helpful in making the decision to go with the Earlex 5500 over any other brand? Same question for special painting instructions for the Earlex?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#4 posted 12-10-2014 12:33 PM

BKF and Belg: I’ve just started using a new Earlex 2901. I know the 5500 is larger, but if it performs anything like the 2901, you’ll be very pleased. The 1.5 needle is the way to go for most applications. I used unthinned Shellac, and then Spar Varnish with excellent results on a set of folding Adirondack chairs with matching foot rests. Hope your experiences are as good as mine.

-- DonB

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#5 posted 12-10-2014 02:28 PM

Pat, just more a case of having other more pressing matters. It’s not the biggest project although large enough to cause me some angst when trying to work around it particularly when other issues need taking care of. It is by no means an ornate master, however I had a couple of issues with it. Therefore, ones enthusiasm tends to wain a little because of it. I suppose that is the benefit of being a hobbyist, just work on it when the feeling takes your fancy.

There are many videos posted on the tube expressing the benefits of the spray station system. There is a fantastic series of videos by Earlex showing everthing from cleaning and tuning when purchased, to changing the needle to adjusting the paint/air mix and method of use for satisfactory results.

DonB – Reassuring to read you have been acheiving great results and recommend the spray station. I believe there is also 7000 series spray station, which is directed at the pro user. From what I had read, there didn’t seem to be much in overall performance, certainly not for the level of work I will be conducting. I’m sure continued long term use is where the benefits would be most notable. However, for a weekend woodworker the 5500 should be more than plenty for my needs.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#6 posted 12-15-2014 12:24 AM

That is fantastic David. It’s always gr8 to hear stories like this. There is some good in this effed up world. Congrats on your new toy. I’m sure we’ll be seeing some fine finishes in the future.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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