Hmm... I found a well used unit a a flea market for $65US. Works great
(lucky me), but the cleanup couldn't be easier. Rinse out the cup, run
water through the tube thingy, and clean the little guide thingy that
screws on the front. Takes 5 minutes. I guess different ones are made
differently. I would definitely pay attention to what is needed to clean it.
There is two inherent problems with HVLP andfirst is the air is warm to hot
which is problematic because the heat makes the finish cure faster then if
the air was 70 degrees and 50 RH. The finish will not flow out like it
should. It will be acceptable but not as good as conventional air spray.
Some guy/gals will tell you that they get it to flow and the finish is good
or great, but more often then not for the average guy/gal the finish is okay
fair to middle compared with conventional. And when shooting water base it's
most likely going to need to be reduced to get it to spray and then this
problem really becomes apparent ( runs and sags or lots of coats) and when
spraying lacquer you need to dump retarder in it to stop the blush and dry
spray appearance.The second problem is that the cup is not pressurized and
it relies on suction to pull the material up and out of the cup the problem
is pressure is what makes the suction so when you reduce the pressure like
HVLP LP meaning low pressure you reduce suction. to compensate you need to
reduce the material and with some materials ( like water base ) to the point
of making crap out of it. There is a solution which is a HVLP CONVERSION and
I know you are concerned with cfm requirements but there are guns out there
that only use 5 or 6 cfm and have nozzle pressure of 21 psi. they have
pressurized cups and tanks and cost less then 500.00 bucks, as far as water
and crap in the lines that is easily remedy with a in line filter or dryer
filter on you compressor or both and with practice you will not believe the
finish, piano quality lacquer not a problem. Here is a link to homestead
finishing they sell Astro as well as others take a look at these and see if
you might rethink HVLP turbine.
http://www.homesteadfinishing.com/htdocs/asturo3.htm Give these people a
call they are a wealth of information. I am sure they will get you on the
right track. ( no I am not affiliated with them just passing on experience)
President of Brush Boy Painting Company
Wow. If I had all those problems, I wouldn't do my own finishing. I
think of all the cabinets, trim, entryways, etc., I have finished over
the years, and I haven't run into all the things you describe.
I miss high pressure application because of the ease of application.
But I like saving material.
I don't miss the drift. Check out Max's post above.
I had problems getting started with hvlp because I wanted to set the
gun up and use the system like high pressure. Its like learning any
other system, and investment in time and materials must be made. Once
ironed out, I never looked back.
I spray a lot of waterbased acrylic. I have 10 Gallons sitting in my shop
waiting to be applied.....Yup 10 gallons. I have no problem with runs and
sags when I spray and I don't think three coats is "lots of coats"?
Just my experience.
While I don't spray water based clear coats with my hvlp (latex paint
goes through the airless), I spray a fair amount of conversion
I am with you. 3 coats is nothing. At a three mil wet layer per
coat, it takes a minimum of three coats to get a final thickness of 3
mil which is what just about all manufacturers recommend. Spraying
CAB lacquers, a having good spraying conditions, you should be able to
put on multiple coats easily in a day without problems.
Shooting MLC Ultrastar (water borne), I know BARRY has noted multiple
coats in a day as his norm.
But, we all have different experiences.
Three coats (1 sealer, 2 top) in one day, scuffed with 400 in between,
in Connecticut weather, sometimes in 1/2+ day. I can sand 45-60 minutes
However, I won't stack parts until the next day. DAMHIKT.
Warm air is great with water base lacquer. The simple way to cool the
air when warming is a problem is to add more hose. Shutting the turbine
down when not in use (I use a dust collector remote) also helps.
> And when shooting water base it's
Not true at all, with my Fuji Q4, ML Cambell Ultrastar and ML Campbell
NC Lacquer. I spray Ultrastar right from the can.
Not true on my Fuji siphon gun, it has a pressure line to the cup.
Anybody who has opened the cup at the wrong time knows full well just
how well it's pressurized! <G> I also have a 2 quart pressure pot
that runs from a standard compressor.
For my gravity feed gun, I go up a tip size.
Are you sure you've used a good HVLP?
When I demoed the Turbinaire unit, I almost bit on the spot as the guy
opened a quart of really thick latex enamel in front of me, let me
stir it to make sure there was no friggin' in the riggin', and he
poured some directly in the cup and let me spray.
That >almost< sold me as I thought "surely no other system can do
that". But in truth I think most 4 stage systems from the big boys
will, and some of the 3 stage machines will do that, too.
I thin because of my shooting style and climate. If it is 65 - 70
degrees and about 50% relative humidity, I don't thin or mix anything
with the clear coat. That actual day usually happens about twice a
year around here.
LOL. You are definitely sturdier than I am. When I read that post
there were so many things that were just completely wrong I deleted my
original response. You just said it best and I think you hit the nail
square on the head.
This was the "only" negative comment I could find
I realize nobody who has ever bought
a unit is likely to admit a problem,
but most of the folks that are making
comments have been around this group for a while.
I just got to decide which flavor at this
I am convinced it will be a good thing.
Please don't put me in that bucket.
I'm more than happy to pan anything that doesn't meet my expectations,
regardless of what I paid for it. I don't find sharing my negative
experiences a with product or service as a reflection on myself. If I
dropped $700 on spray equipment and I didn't get total satisfaction,
this group would be the first to know. <G>
Or me. I will scream like a mashed cat when I am screwed by a tool
maker. I don't care what it is. And the more money I spend, the
louder I will be.
This is one of the great aspects of an unmoderated, unsupported free-
for-all atmosphere. You can tell it like it is, and while you may
hurt some feelings you can certainly relate your experiences without
worrying about having your post deleted or edited.
With there only being a few large tool makers anymore that have tools
readily available, I think it is important to share what you find out
when you make a purchase. It saves the rest of us time, effort, money
I don't know of any one tool maker (OK, Festool guys, maybe
yours ;^) calm down...) that consistently makes great tools
manufactured to exacting standards across their entire product line.
Sharing information is without doubt the best part of the internet.
Yep... you do seem to "voice" your concerns
with little regard to what the tool makers
do or say. The open discussion has been the
main reason I have hung out here for a right
I'm from the south and we have more "saying"
than carter has liver pills, but I don't
recall ever hearing the "mashed cat" version.
I have one of the smallest and oldest turbines out there which I purchased
used. The turbine I bought was manufactured in 1984. I am sure a bigger
turbine or new gun technology might be even better, but I won't find out
until mine finally dies. Until then I will enjoy the ease of spraying with
my old TP turbine http://tinyurl.com/25vr5h .
You will not regret your purchase.
I bought a used turbine rig about three years ago and at time had done very
little spraying with a compressor gun. I use my turbine almost once a week
now and wonder how I lived without it. I find it easier to use than the
conventional gun compressor set up.
I think the thing I like the best about the hvlp turbine is its
predictability. Once you get comfortable with it, it is much easier
to work with for a range of finishes than a high pressure sprayer.
No worries about driers, in line filters, contaminates, etc. as with
high pressure. And the gun is no harder to clean than any other. But
the best part of course is the lack of overspray. It is rare for the
overspray to travel more than a few feet, and the atomized haze
doesn't hang in the air for 30 minutes waiting to land on something.
I sprayed out some bathroom and kitchen cabinets inside a house we
remodeled, in the client's garage and all we did was hang some plastic
up about 4 feet from the ground. No problems there and no complaints
from the client.
When it is a real tear out remodel of mine or one of my amigos, I
don't have any problems throwing a piece of plastic over sawhorses and
spraying in a living room or den. The over spray pretty much just
falls to the ground.
It is such a huge thing to not have to tape off a whole house,
evacuate the living areas for hours while the drift settles, and to be
able to be more flexible where you can actually spray. If I had known
it worked this well I would have gotten on it earlier, regardless of
the savings in material. To me, that's just icing on the cake.
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