HVLP sprayer what should I buy?

I am going to need a HVLP sprayer, but its something I am not going to using lots. I seen a cheap one on Harbor freight for about $40 (self contained), but I noticed there are some that you hook up to a compresser. What would be better?
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It would help if you'd post a link to the alternatives you are asking about. There is a unit sold by HF, Rockler, and Woodcraft that sells for $100, frequently marked down to $80. I have that one and recommend it as long as you take if for what it is--a light duty tool for very limited use. If I find that I am having lots of spraying projects, I will probably want to upgrade, but you can get excellent results with this unit.
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alexy wrote:

Also it would help if he said whether he already had a compressor and if so how big.
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Most HVLP hooks to a turbine.(Spend$$command)
The one's that connect via a compressor are using a "adapter kit" to make it work. They are the so called "convsersion gun".
A $40 gun is just that and should not be considered a serious finishing tool.
There are several versions of the $100 kit that comes with a gun and a turbine. Some folks report fair results but most report that upgrading to a real system is in the future.
Start thinking in the $600-$800 range for the starter kit.
http://www.spraygunworld.com/Information2/Woodworking3.htm
http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyidT19
http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyidX53
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I would be interested in what makes a HVLP system light duty? Is the quality on the finish comparable to the 600+ systems? Its got to be better than using spray cans.. or not. Is it hard to clean? Is the unit awkward to use in some way? If I only use it a few times a year and the finish quality is good I can live with many deficiencies. Also are all these units ($80-$100) the same or is there a better one you can recommend of the cheap variety?
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I was using a pro DeVilbiss HVLP with pressure pot for several years and thought it was the cat's pyjamas. Then, after retirement (yea right) I bought a much cheaper HD brand Huskey HVLP gravity fed gun. It does a very fine job. I since bought a 2 qt pressure pot for 40 bucks and fed the material hose into the top of the Huskey gun to replace the gravity-fed pot. Now the thing sprays upside-down and the feed of material can be dialed in to perfection, and the whole set-up is now working as well as the big-buck DeVilbiss system. I'm a very happy camper as the whole deal cost under $200.00 Canadian. In the US, you should be able to do that for around $130.00 I shoot water-based lacquers exclusively now, so I have no opinion on other, heavier paints/finishes.
I love the whole game of discovering the re-branding process. That Huskey gun? I'm pretty sure it is DeVilbiss.
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I'm not really talking to myself...no really..
But I thought this addendum might be helpful for those who want to do a quality job without blowing big bucks.
This device: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber305 is not as crappy as one would think. It is a great way to learn how to paint. There is no fussing with syphon-fed guns and it is cheaper than a decent gravity fed gun.
The hard part of spraying is to get the ratio paint/air right. With a pot-fed system, it is much easier than with gravity or syphon set-up. Gravity-fed is a bit easier than syphon.
I can vouch for this gun: http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/jsearch/product.jsp?pn0037831 it has worked for me as well as a much more expensive set-up.
As you can see. $ 130.00 US and you're all set including a spare HVLP for stain and crap.
My guns last a long time because I am so anal about clean-up... right to disassembling the things after use.
By no means am I a Home Depot fan, but I like that gun. Now, with the cheap addition of a 2-qt pot, I can spray under things and stand on my head.
Hopefully other wRECkers ( Mike Marlow please) can add to this and offer us their views on pressurepot-feeding.
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You better know it! You can't get too anal about cleaning your guns. I still shoot with a couple of 25 year old Binks Model 7's and they perform flawlessly. It all owes to keeping them clean. For lobbing on the primer, you just can't beat a Model 7.

I'm really not a very authoritative voice on pressure pots. I don't use them because they don't fit my needs and because I've got my ingrained habits/ways of doing things. I use a pot to shoot my house (log home), but that's not a very comparable use.
What I will add though is my thought that for most people these knock-off guns are perfectly fine guns. The biggest problem I've seen with most of them is that often you can't get such things as packing/rebuild kits for them. I have a DeVilbiss knock-off that is so true to the real DeVilbiss that I interchange the parts between the knock-off and my DeVilbiss. I could not get a packing kit for the knock-off so I bought a DeVilbiss kit. Worked fine, but at $35 for the kit, I really would have been better off just buying a new knock-off. But... I just couldn't bring myself to throw out/replace an otherwise perfectly fine gun.
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: I can vouch for this gun: : http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/jsearch/product.jsp?pn0037831 : it has worked for me as well as a much more expensive set-up.
: As you can see. $ 130.00 US and you're all set including a spare HVLP : for stain and crap.
The page that comes up on this link lists a gun for $79.97. And I don't see a 'spare HVLP".
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The pressure pot from Harborfreight comes with a gun. That is the pot you can hook up to the Husky HVLP... giving you, in fact, a spare.
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Robatoy wrote:

Where does one get Huskey in Canada Rob?
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You may have been led astray by my misspelling Husky.
My spelling sux sometimes. You can buy that gun at Home Despot.
Have you got a Princess Auto near you? They sell the 2-qt pots.
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Robatoy wrote:

I wasn't led astray. I was too lazy to DAGS.
I think Princess is here in town as well. Thanks. I'll keep that for the future. I don't have a compressor yet, but I'm squirelling away these gems for when the shop is better equipped. (I'm thinking first anniversary of 2nd WW)
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Where did you get a 2-qt pressure pot for $40 ???
That gun also appears to be the very same one offered by Porter Cable...
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Are you talking about this one: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber772
I bought one this weekend with their e-coupon for $35. I'm a complete spraying noob so take it for what it's worth but I was pleasantly surprised. I fully expected to end up taking it back. I needed to spray some shellac and it did an excellent job once I figured out which spray pattern to use and dialed back the material flow. Quality of the sprayer is not great but it's better than I expected. You can't upgrade the gun because of the way it fits on the paint canister so it's basically a throw away item but for $35, if it gets me through a dozen projects I'll be happy. You won't find it at your local custom auto body shop but hey, it's $35.

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Didn't he say he attached the gun(gravity feed) to that pressure pot or am I screwed up completely ???
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That is exactly what I did. Pressure feed into a gun which normally has a gravity cup. The hose on top is a bit of a hinderance, but it isn't much of a problem.
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Nope
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On Apr 2, 10:40 am, "Combustis Maximus"

Yes that is exactly the one I was talking about. I figured for that price even if I used it a couple of times, its better than a brush.

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