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Forum topic by Holbs posted 08-05-2018 06:30 PM 1299 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Holbs

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08-05-2018 06:30 PM

I have a HVLP CapSpray 9100 with the Magnum gun and 3mm needle that came with it that I rehabbed (in my blog series, somewhere). I do wonder, if it is better to have a 2nd machine just for painting. I can pick up a #5 needle for painting or one of those hand held sprayers for DIY painting for around $100. I have a 6’x12’ shed to paint eventually. Am skittish about using my wood working finish sprayer with paint, even if I religiously cleaned it up after every use.
Thinking of the HomeRight paint sprayer

or…something more robust like the Graco project painter

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"


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#1 posted 08-05-2018 06:45 PM

I recently bought an Earlex Sprayport 6003 as I have a lot of household type finishing projects to do. I have the original Rockler sprayer, but I felt it wasn’t going to handle spraying heavy paints, though I have to admit I didn’t even try. I’ve been spraying SW DTM acrylic straight from the can with no issues. However I want to get a gun dedicated for finishing – smaller cup and more refined controls. I don’t see the need for a second machine. Just a dedicated gun for conversion finishes and one for paint.

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#2 posted 08-05-2018 08:52 PM

ah…that’s a good point. Did not even consider a 2nd spray gun dedicated for paint spraying.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#3 posted 08-05-2018 11:43 PM

I have about 10 sprayers 8^) about half were given to me and are basically useless.

For woodworking I have an Earlex 7000 HVLP with a full needle set and several small “touch-up” compressor driven type guns.

For years I used what basically is the Harbor Freight touchup gun (Pratco, the source for cheesy tools before HF came along). Recently the packings went south and I really needed it so I bought a DevilBiss SRI which is the cats meow for excellent spray and control. The Earlex is just too big for anything smaller than a side table, but it does well for larger surfaces (haven’t tried spraying any paints with it yet) The old Pratco would spray anything short of latex.

Having two primary guns is optimum for me, the smaller guy is the go-to for almost any non-paint application however.

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#4 posted 08-06-2018 12:07 AM

my somewhat concern is the cost of investing in a new paint spraying gun for my Capspray9100 4 stage HVLP versus a little bit more $$$ for dedicated machine for paint spraying

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#5 posted 08-06-2018 03:13 PM

If I were to be painting with heavy paints frequently, I’d consider buying a sprayer designed for the job. These typically are forced fluid driven (no air) to get good spread and volume. Of course there are low cost versions of these, but as with air sprayers, the low end stuff usually has machine quality and spray control issues.

Any forced air type sprayer that can deal with the viscosity will typically produce a minimal fan which really slows down the progress. I’d consider your shed to be about the largest thing I’d attempt with any HVLP, mainly due to the time it would take and the wear/tear on the turbine.

All in all, for a one-off project like this, I’d just use what I had that works, anything more I’d consider buying new. The issue then becomes getting something of quality (and $$$) that will last for many more projects or go cheap and hope the thing lasts long enough to maybe paint the house someday. If you are prepped to do the job in a single session, rental is always an option.

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#6 posted 08-06-2018 06:31 PM

I’d recommend either renting an airless, or buying a lower cost airless.
If you really would like HVLP, I agree, a second gun eliminates the worry of ruining your next fine woodworking project due to residual paint stuck in the gun.
When I was researching an HVLP system last fall (and purchased an Earlex 6300), I found these 2 guns that are low cost, but seem to be good quality.
https://www.paintsprayersplus.com/AeroJet-RS1-HVLP-Turbine-Spray-Gun-Non-Bleed-Type-p/ajt-rs1.htm
An internet post said they use Fuji caps/needles, but that would need to be confirmed with the retailer before purchase.

http://www.turbineproducts.com/sprayfine-hvlp-turbine-bleeder-gun-w-1-qt-siphon-cup/
A bleeder gun, but extra caps/needles are only $30.

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