So buy one of those less than $100 Chinese HVLP units (my first was $69
@ HF), learn to thin the paint to match the tool's capability, and have fun!
If you have a decent compressor, ala the typical 30 gallon unit or
better, a Critter can do a fine job as well, but with much more
overspray and a thinner coat.
That's what I did. The Wagner I bought is an "HVLP" unit that basically
has a blow dryer mounted to a spray head.
I think that I need to thin just a LITTLE bit more. While the paint
ejects from the spray head in an atomized mist, it doesn't seem to flow
out afterward. I think it might be just too thick still. I DO spray
until the surface just looks wet. Then, too, surface prep ended at 60
grit ... so maybe the paint is fine and I am just painting on a crummy
The basic object of this exercise is to establish a simple level of
competency that will let me make a better informed decision when I
eventually move up to a 'full-on' sprayer. Possibly I will keep this
Wagner for fence painting or concrete painting and other rough jobs
where getting something the right color is the only real goal.
Dunno. But $500 is probably out of my league. I might, however, be
tempted to part with about 1/2 that amount if I can convince myself that
there will be sufficient future work to justify the purchase.
I'm not not at the above address.
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