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Forum topic by chrisncarrie posted 05-10-2009 07:28 AM 1436 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2009 07:28 AM

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Im looking into buying a spray gun to put finishes on and i was just wanting to know which is a better spray gun the hlvp guns or the spray guns the auto body men use? Also which model is top of the line. thanks

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#1 posted 05-10-2009 01:31 PM

The autobody guns use syphon so they spray hard and have a lot of overspray. For auto bodies you do multiple thin coats to avoid orange peel. You’ll spend less time with the HVLP as you can put on one or two coats more gently and as long as you have horizontal surfaces. Otherwise I think thinner coats are still in order. But, I would say definately less overspray.

Couldn’t even tell you what model ours is at work (and I’ve been using it for the past week or so.)

I’ve been curious about the gravity feed HVLPs you just plug into your air compressor. I sometimes have small batches to do. We use Chem-var and I don’t like mixing large batches all the time, if for no other reason than you have to have enough to fill the system up before it has enough to spray. It’s not wastful with the Chen-var, really, it’s the cleaning of the gun and the waste of laquer thinner to blow out the whole system.

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#2 posted 05-10-2009 03:19 PM

I recently purchased this one from Woodcraft because everyone talks about how spraying finishes is the way to go, and, at this price, I figured I couldn’t go wrong.

I’d like to tell you I’ve tried it, but it is still sitting on my workbench because I’m intimidated by all the knobs and parts, and by the thought of cleaning it after a 5-minute spray job.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 05-10-2009 05:35 PM

Hey Chris
Auto guys use hvlp and that’s fine for woodworking use unless you want to with a turbine of course more money. The gun Charlie M bought is one that Charles Neil said was great. Hey Charlie M Just put some water in your new gun and play with it spray some card board ,you’ll soon find out what each knob does. Spraying is quick and does a great job after you get the hang of it. The main thing with guns is to keep them clean, just put in the appropriate solvent and spray until it spays clear.

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#4 posted 05-10-2009 08:08 PM

Thanks for the tips, Jim.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-11-2009 03:51 AM

I recently bought a HVLP gun From Harbor Freight. So far,it is the best gun I have had, and I have used the expensive to the cheap. In my opinion the cheap ones are as good as the expensive ones. I spent $60.00 to have my Devilbess rebuilt, and it still dosn’t work as well as the $19.00 HF. Save your money on this one and get the HF.

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#6 posted 05-11-2009 05:28 AM

Well, a few years ago I bought an Apollo 2 stage turbine.

It is one of the more expensive ones.

Hasn’t failed me yet.

I had a Wagner before and it was terrible.


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