I feel compelled to write a glowing review of Fuji Spray systems.
I've been using one for about a year now and it's performed beyond
expectations. I'm used to using a Kremlin air-assist system at work,
so it took a bit of getting used to HVLP, but now that I've got the
hang of it I really, really like it.
Today I went to finish some trim and noticed that an on-off valve at
the end of my whip (between the gun and the air hose) had been broken
- probably in transit from a job in North Carolina. In any event, I
sent Fuji Systems an email at 5:01pm today (Saturday) asking for a
replacement. A few minutes later I rec'd. an email from Paul Smith of
Fuji asking for my mailing address and offering to send one right away
- for free.
Excellent customer service and product support and I recommend them
for your HVLP turbine needs.
This is good to know. I've had my FUJI mini-mite 4 for about a year
and never had problems with it.
Jay: since you mentioned the valve at the whip hose, does yours leak?
Mine leaks a little air, just enough to pressurize the cup but not
enough to atomize. Can be feature when cleaning out the gun --
turning the valve off lets you pump solvent through the fluid path
without generating a mist.
I haven't sprayed a lot with the unit; a few painted objects and two
coats of Campbell Agualente WB Pre-Cat Lacquer on a house full of trim
(600-700 lf of wide baseboard, about 30 door casings, a couple dozen
window casings.) I've probably run about 5 gallons of material over
all. I did notice when I was setting up for the lacquer that the
manual seems to have been very nicely updated (couldn't find my
original, so I googled for one -- thanks to FUJI for making a pdf
available). The FUJI took a little getting used to, since I've used
airless, air assisted or HP cup guns in the past. After the trim job,
I'm pretty comfortable with it. At least adjusting the pattern isn't
guess-n-test any more.
I still chuckle that the number 3 tip that came with gun is labelled
"Spray Tan" which I take to mean that the #3 is used for shooting "man
tan". I guess this means I could always start another sideline.
As a side note: googling for the Agualente doesn't turn up much so I
took a chance on it. Most of my "nice" spray work has been with auto
paints so I can't compare directly with other furniture lacquers, but
this goes on as nice as any auto clear coat I've used. Since I had to
set up in my pole shed being dust-free in about 20 minutes was a huge
bonus. As a test I took an old dining room table, sanded, stained
and put the Agualente on as a top coat. I then set my four kids loose
on it as a craft and snack table -- it's held up to daily use by at
least one kid a day for a couple of months; instills some confidence
that it will hold up on trim.
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