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Forum topic by bondogaposis posted 12-10-2012 07:50 PM 1514 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2012 07:50 PM

I have been thinking about adding HVLP to my arsenal of tools. I have no experience w/ spraying other than rattle can. What should I look at to get started purchasing what do I need to get started. I don’t currently own a compressor. One thing I know for sure I want to spray is milk paint.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 08:43 PM

Bondo,I was in your position just a few months ago. I purchased a Earlex 5500 and never looked back. It has been the best investment I have made in a long time. General Finish Milk Paint is what I spray the most. Spraying has been easy to learn and the finish I now get is outstanding. Good luck and enjoy.

-- Guy Kroll

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 08:49 PM

Your best bet is a turbine system like the earlex 5500 like GuyK mentioned. Paintsprayerplus has it for $304 shipped and it includes an extra needle set and some other accessories.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 09:17 PM

3rd recommendation for the Earlex spraystation. I bought one last year and have no complaints. It is not a pro level system but it is good for hobbyists and for $300 including just about everything you need to start spraying you really can’t complain too much. I would recommend purchasing a larger needle if you want to spray paint with it. Mine came with the 1.5 and 2.0 mm needles and neither one works very well for paint.

I purchased one of the cheap HF cup guns for paint and it works really well, but you have to have a decent compressor. Still, for the HF cup gun and a decent compressor you are still probably around the same price point and you get a compressor out of it which can be used for other things (nailers, etc).

One thing to keep in mind either way you go is to make sure you get the stuff to filter finishes before they go in the gun. If you go the compressor route you will also want a water filter to remove any water from the air and a good pressure regulator.

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 10:08 PM

I have to agree with the above recommendations. I’ve sprayed all my finishes for years with a conventional gun and compressor (mostly lacquers). I bought an Earlex 5500 a little over a year ago and love it. I was really surprised how well it sprayed. With the Earlex, I’ve sprayed lacquer, lacquer paint, and oil base paints with no problems.

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#5 posted 12-10-2012 11:11 PM

If you don’t have a compresser Bondo a small turbine unit is great I bought a low end $99 earlex (don’t know if they make them anymore) unit a few years ago and it sat on a shelf for a couple of years I put it in a garage sale and it did not sell for $35 ,after that I thought I’ve never tried this thing and after I did I was pleased as punch with how it worked. Unless you have the right needle for it,it may not shoot thicker material very well. If you had a compressor I would just buy one of HF Hvlp guns for $18. believe it or not,it’s one of the HF tools worth buying. I’ve been spraying for 40 years if you have any questions feel free to shoot me a PM.

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#6 posted 12-10-2012 11:55 PM

Bondo, make certain to get a good respirator. Even if you are spraying WB products, you still don’t the stuff getting into your lungs. You will also need an exhaust fan to keep over spray from settling on your project. FWIW

-- Art

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#7 posted 12-11-2012 12:13 AM

HVLP rocks. Spray finishing will take your work up a level. There are lots of spray materials available. I only use target coatings water base finishes. Be mindful that solvent based materials can EXPLODE. Thats why I prefer water based materials, for the most part. Go for it, I enjoy spraying….The Harr

-- The wood is good.

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#8 posted 12-11-2012 02:38 AM

+1 on a good respirator (I use a 3M 7500 series mask) and be cautious what you spray. I use zinsser sealcoat (dewaxed shellac) and crystalac waterborne finishes for most projects. For my small boxes and cabinets I use deft danish oil wiped on as learned from Doug Stowe.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#9 posted 12-11-2012 03:26 AM

Oops. can’t believe I forgot the respirator part. That really is a prerequisite before you spray anything, don’t want any of that stuff getting in your lungs.

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#10 posted 12-11-2012 09:28 AM

HF also has a $99 HVLP. Looks just like Rockler’s. Often it’s on sale for much less. Of course it’s not nearly as good as the $300 version, but I’ve found it plenty capable for my needs. I used it to spray water based acrylic on my kitchen cabinets last year, and it did an excellent job. And it doesn’t require a compressor. I’ve even sprayed thinned latex outdoors with it, but of course it’s very slow for that use.

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#11 posted 12-11-2012 10:16 AM

I agree with the use of respirators completely. And as to respirators, I suppose y’all are using Half Face with P95, Organic Vapoor Cartridges? The 3M 7500 is a series and also includes Full Face models. North also has fine ones with a little different configuration. Then there are at least 6 different cartridges to choose from.

Suggest you go to s safety store if possible for fit test and selection.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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