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#1 posted 11-30-2018 04:30 PM

I have a four stage CapSprayer I’ve been using for many years now and I think it’s the cat’s meow. I’ve sprayed poly, oil paint and a lot of latex. I even shot lacquer on a buddy’s John Deere with it.

Where the beast shinned was at the gun. It was so adjustable, I was able to paint stair railing and balusters with it in a fraction of the time it would have taken to brush and roll them. Of course, thanks to the approximate 8 PSI at the tip, it was nothing like using my SprayTech airless, which would have put a gallon of finish in the air.

To thin latex for shooting from my gun, I ran the larger tip, for the thicker solids, and I added a couple tablespoons of water to the paint. In other words, even with a four stage, it didn’t take much to be able to shoot latex, so a five stage should be even more impressive.

I hear great things about the Apollos over the years and if I were buying again, would probably have gone that route, but only because of the ability to adjust air flow at the turbines. I am ASSUMING this would make dealing with a range of finishes easier, especially if the unit were a five or six stage. However, I, also, am ASSUMING much of the needed control can be done at the gun, both via the controls and a change of tip needle and such.

Anyway, having the capability of doing more, even if you don’t, seems a good thing on a major investment like this.

When you do invest, buy a couple tips. One for light materials like lacquer and one for heavier materials like latex. Too, buy extra check valves or whatever your gun needs. Mine use little, simplistic and easily cleaned valves in the bleeder hose and if it can’t be cleaned, a replacement is a must to keep going. Needles and such should last Joe Average nearly forever and a day, if kept clean and handled carefully.

One other thing REALLY worth considering, but which would add a little to the matter of clean up, is a remote quart tank. This would leave you with only the bulky hose and gun for cabinet work, rather than the gun, hose and quart tank, which can be hard to fit in some cabinets.


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