Spray gun vs compressor

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Forum topic by jay0416 posted 11-02-2015 10:19 PM 871 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2015 10:19 PM

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I have a Bostitch 6 gal. compressor currently used with a nailer, and would like to know if I can use it with a spray gun that requires 3.7cfm. The compressor states in the outside that it is 2.6cfm at 90 PSI. I would like to know how I could determine the type of paint spray gun I could use with my compressor.

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#1 posted 11-02-2015 11:02 PM

Not too practical with that compressor. Air guns and sand blasters have a high air requirement. That’s not to say you couldn’t spray a small project or two. Jewelry boxes and coasters sure, but not chairs and tables.

I do recommend getting into spraying, because it really is the best way to apply a finish. Shoot for a 20 gallon minimum compressor size. I have used 20 and 26 gallon compressors to spray all sizes of projects, and they both worked fine. I like the gravity feed guns best.

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#2 posted 11-02-2015 11:15 PM

Have to agree with Willie. There’s not enough volume in the tank to keep up with any sprayer that would be suitable for anything but small work. Hobby airbrushes won’t hold enough media for anything more than a small box.

I’ll be looking at HVLP sprayers soon. Maybe someone here has a recommendation for a decent, inexpensive model.

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#3 posted 11-03-2015 12:31 AM

It definitely won’t keep up. Sorry to say. You could always get a turbine system though. I’d recommend the Fuji spray systems.

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