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Forum topic by teejay posted 06-29-2009 07:31 PM 1116 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2009 07:31 PM

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So I have had a lot of help from the readers in my other post about my problems with staining maple to a real dark color. I appreciate all the input, but I have restraints that keep me from incorporating all or most of the suggestions.

I may need to buy a sprayer to spray some dye and toner on my piece b/c it is not staining well at all. (and there is no local shop that offers the wiping stains that were suggested) So, I went by Lowes and HD to see what options they had available and I wanted to know what you thought. I have a few options from there that I would like feedback on.

1. is a wagner hvlp control sprayer which is currently on sale.

2. or this combo

3. this gravity feed

4. “or this “pro version

Is it even worth buying those? I know some people are happy with a cheaper spray gun and some insist on using one of the higher end units. I just don’t want to waste money, but I’m pretty sure anything I use will help me make the piece look better than the blotchy abomination it has become.


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#1 posted 06-29-2009 07:57 PM


I use the the HVLP gravity feed sprayer that you have linked up in item #3 and love it. For a low cost solution it really works well. I have sprayed both lacquer and shellac with the sprayer and it works wonderfully. I have tried Wagner products in the past and can’t really stand how noisy they are. The Husky brand atomizes these finish pretty well and produced a smooth finish for my projects thus far.


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#2 posted 06-29-2009 08:56 PM

thanks, I don’t want to break the bank but I need a new process to make this maple come out right. I nearly hammered it into pieces when I reapplied the stain for the second time. ;)

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#3 posted 06-29-2009 09:18 PM

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#4 posted 06-30-2009 04:24 AM

I would go with the Husky gravity feed ive got 4 of them, although i would get an inline air filter you can get them at any automotive paint store for $2-3.

-- I cut it three times and its still to short?

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#5 posted 06-30-2009 09:41 AM


Have you tried a paint store? I’ve seen wiping stain there last time I was in.

-- Jim in Alaska

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#6 posted 06-30-2009 09:57 AM

i would go with kit 2 to start with if you have your hart set on spaying my reason being this you get 2 guns 2 regulators 3 extra cups and everything you’ll need to start out if you decide later you want a a better gun all these part will work on just about any husky sprayer its good to have extra thing like regulators and cups just my 2 cents.

i almost forgot you need to take into account your compressor in all of this as well is it big enough for the job 60 gallons can go very fast if your recovery rate isn’t fast enough. if this is the case their are many very good self contained sprayer systems on the market.

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#7 posted 06-30-2009 01:55 PM

I had the guy at Sherwin Williams call all the local stores to see if they carried the BAC wiping stains that were suggested to me and had no luck. I do have access to a large compressor now, but I will not in the future, so that is a good point about the self contained units.

Does anyone have experience with the Rockler unit, mentioned in the 4th post? It does have very good reviews on Rocklers website.

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#8 posted 07-01-2009 03:56 PM

I have not used any HVLP systems, but my own research has turned up good reviews for Wagners conversion gun. Looks very similar to the Husky units that I have seen mentioned.,43206,747.html

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