Audis are funny beasts. Today's Audis are over'tech'ed. Too much
electronic craziness going on.
They still make one of the nicest V-10's in the business as
demonstrated in the Lamborghinis that use them. Very powerful and dead-
nuts reliable. Unfortunately, they stopped being fun when they went
from their twin turbo V-6 to that 4.2 litre V-8 in the S4 versions of
their 'regular' cars. A guy can work on that V-6, but that new stuff
requires way too much money and learning curve to a do-it-yourselfer.
That would leave me at the mercy of one of two dealers, one that has a
good mechanic but charges waaaay too much or the other guy who has a
decent knowledge but never give you all the power the engines are
capable of. You don't spend that kind of money for 'close enough'.
Angela and I are looking for something new and Audi is not on that
Here I am limited to the dealers that can look after my stuff. The
guys at Hyundai, Subaru, Volvo, GMC/Pontiac/Buick and the Toyota
dealer are justabout it. Ford, about 1/2 hour from here is supposedly
The Honda, Mazda, Chevy-Caddillac dealers in this burg suck canal
Timing belt/chain=Audi weakness. In a BIG way. Ask any TT owner.
I am definitely a rear-wheeler myself. For business or for just
running around, I like my GMC Safaris. I have 2, one for nice, one for
I could not imagine hauling a garbage trailer full of used countertops
and/or kitchen cabinets with anything front-wheel drive.
One of the guys that works for me drives an Acura sedan....and hauls a
camping trailer with it. We'll see how long that will last.
I have no experience with the Borg grade units. I have Graco and
consider them top of the line, thought there are other makers.
Make sure you get a spare handle filter and spend the money on a
few sizes of Reverse- a-tips. For the house, get an extension
wand to reduce the ladder climbing. More hose saves moving
everything, but does require more cleaning. Mask, protect, shield
before rather than cry, scrape, and scrub after.
As you already noted, they are capable of injecting paint or
thinner into you.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
I use one about 6-8 times a year and I rent it from HD. Their units cost in
the range of 1600.00 Work great and no thinning of 5 gallon pals. Rent for
80.00 a day. Last job painted 3 bedrooms, long hallway, walk in closet and
2 normal closets 2 bathrooms and ceilings for all in 5 hours. Just need to
run water through the hoses and gun to clean. Its the only way to paint.
Not sure how well they work on small projects like furniture. I use a HVLP
gun for those. You can paint a average house in a day as long as you setup
right. I always work away from the sun.
"You can lead them to LINUX
but you can't make them THINK"
Any of the Gracos with a metal gun will suit you just fine. I own the X7
with a metal gun as well as a top of the line Graco borg model.
After running water through them to clean them out I run a water/auto
coolant mixture through them for storage. I also store the gun in a bucket
of coolant/water mixture.
don't know about the borg gracos,but Sherwin William's has the REAL Gracos
not much more $$ than el-cheapos.Most SW stores have service available too
spray tech makes a good entry level airless too
best to stay away from TITAN,nothing but problems with there little machines
by all means get extra hose and a gun swivel,quick change tips too
.015 tip works best with latex/acrylic (515)
I have sprayed airless for over 30 years ,Graco is the best, but you have to
spend some real money to get there GOOD machines.
see if you can get a machine with a metal gun with internal filter
Always strain your paint before running it through the pump,ladies panty
hose works great
pore paint through panty hose into another pot then put pump into the
stained paint and spray
50' of hose is almost a must. I have painted about 6 homes per year for the
last 20 years and have never had a swivel.
I did buy a 4' tip extension wand for $75.00 It is well worth it. Keeps you
off the ladder, you don't have to bend over as much, nor stretch as much,
plus you are further from the spray tip so you get less paint on yourself.
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