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Forum topic by WoodYard posted 12-18-2012 12:56 AM 954 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2012 12:56 AM

I used to never paint anything I built. Now that I have grandkids I find the need to spray paint. I have been through the Wagner HVLPs w/ much frustration. Should i buy a larger air compresor than I need or some sort of spray system? What do yall use?

-- Rick Wood

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#1 posted 12-18-2012 01:56 AM

I prefer the compressor and spray gun over the turbine myself. My turbine does well with water borne paint but the compressor guns I have seem to be more versatile and do better on finishes that are thicker.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#2 posted 12-18-2012 02:11 AM

I use an Accuspray 12s with a 60 gallon compressor and love it, but many LJs give the Earlex high grades. Do you have any friends that will let you try their spray systems so you can get a feel for the different ones?

-- Art

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#3 posted 12-18-2012 02:13 AM

I’ve owned 4 different sprayers in the Wagner family…never been 100% happy with any of them but never wanted to get into the filtering stuff associated with running a gun from my compressor. They all take some practice. Clean-up is the worst but I think that’s true on any sprayer.

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#4 posted 12-18-2012 03:17 AM

The guys here turned me on to spraying instead of brushing, and I couldn’t be any happier.

Being my first time, I just opted for a lower priced gun. I went with this for spraying polycrylic.

I figured for the price, it was worth the try. Man was I happy after just the first try. I watched a few Youtube videos first so I could figure out how to properly make adjustments.

I know there are much better guns, but I have zero complaints about this one.

As for a compressor, I was using a P.C. pancake compressor. It worked fine, but it was constantly running. I think the scfm only being 2.6 was the issue. I’ve sense bought a larger compressor, but that’s only because I also do other work with air tools and figured it was time to upgrade anyhow.

-- Bill - Wattsburg, PA.

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#5 posted 12-18-2012 03:32 AM

Here’s your options:
- Smaller gun with current compressor.
This is what I use now and I’ll be switching to a turbine system for a few reasons I’ll detail below. The main reason is that it’s not the greatest for bigger projects.
- Bigger compressor.
A good option if you have the power to run a bigger compressor. Nicer ones can get pretty pricey though.
-Turbine HVLP system.
Like I said, I’m switching to one of these for the convenience it offers over a compressor. With a good 3 or 4 stage turbine you’ll be able to spray most finishes including latex paint (thinned appropriately). If you’ll be spraying a lot of latex, a 4 stage is better. You won’t have to worry about water filters or hose size either. One more advantage is that turbines are portable for jobsite use.

Paintsprayersplus has the earlex 5500 with an extra needle set and a few other things for $304 shipped. It will do ok for paint with it thinned enough. I’m splurging a bit and a getting a fuji mini mite 4.

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

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