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Forum topic by sreilly24590 posted 04-16-2019 12:17 AM 515 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2019 12:17 AM

I’ve found myself in the position of looking for a reliable HVLP system and have narrowed it down to one of two. I’ve looked at the Apollo CEO-5 and the Fuji Mini Mite 5. I intend to mostly use in on occasion for the woodworking shop and also want the ability to paint with latex when the time comes to paint the house interior. These are both 5 stage compressors and are supposed to handle my range of finishes with the proper caps and nozzles. For me this will be my entry into HVLP and I’ll need to practice a good deal before doing some serious finishing. I’m alright with that and want something that is capable of a great job and that will last. Either way it looks like $900-1,000 depending on the gun that comes with it.

Anyone familiar with the Apollo E7700GTO-600 spray gun? From what I read it has multiple configurations and can be used a gravity fed or bottom feed depending on the container attached. The gun I was looking for was the E7000 but now I’m wondering if this newer E7700 can’t do everything the E7000 can and more.

Any words of wisdom out there to help a guy out?

-- Steve, Virginia

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#1 posted 04-16-2019 06:39 PM

For wood working finishes, the 5 stage is definitely more than you need. 3 stage work well, and some people are also happy with the Harbor Freight $100 sprayer.
I have the Earlex 6003 3 stage and it works well with water based top coats. The company rep at woodworking shows I’ve been to sprays latex right out of the can with it, no thinning.
I don’t know the size of your house and how many rooms you want to paint, but most people will say don’t use HVLP for latex—rent an airless, or use a roller. A 4 and 5 stage HVLP can spray latex, but airless and a roller do it better (from everything I’ve read).
Not trying to talk you out of it, but maybe a $400 3-stage is a better option.

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#2 posted 04-17-2019 10:41 AM

I can’t help with the Apollo, but I have the Fuji Super 4 gold system and like it real well. The onetime I used Fuji CS they responded quickly and took good care of the problem. That said, I’m sure the Appolo would be just as good.

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#3 posted 04-17-2019 11:49 AM

I don’t have anything to recommend regarding the sprayer, but a quick word about the painting:

My parents were painting contractors, and while spraying was coming into fashion in a big way toward the end of their company’s run, it was mostly used in exterior work, where siding, roofs, etc. complicated the approach they’d use for painting interiors. I know there are folks who spray for interior work, but I don’t know that it’ll save you any time or frustration over rolling (so a big +1 to d38 on this). Even only working occasional summers with my folks, I’m handy enough with a brush or roller that painting a 12×12 bedroom, including cutting in the ceiling, windows/door frames, and baseboards, takes me well under an hour (and I’m pretty slow at it).

What do you want to spray for finishes in your shop? I have the Earlex 5500, and have sprayed shellac and water-based topcoats (Target Coatings EM6500 and EM9000) with great results. And since I was new to HVLP, having a system with fewer adjustments to dial in helped to keep me from over-complicating it. Also, Earlex support, in my experience, is second to none.

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