Recently I noticed a spraying device that seems to use a can of compressed
air attached to a small cup that contains stain, dye, etc. The device
appears in the August 2005 issue of Fine Woodworking (no. 178) on page 122
(The Finish Line section). and also on page 85 of Jeff Jewitt's Great Wood
Finishes, a Step by Step Guide to Beautiful Results. The two sources seem
to have different models of a very similar device, but the principle seems
the same. Curiously, both sources are written by Jeff Jewitt. I searched
his website, but could not find this device. Perhaps I was looking for the
wrong key words. Does anyone know where I can find this type of sprayer?
Does anyone own one of these, and what are its strengths, weaknesses,
primary uses, etc?
Those are available from a number of places. I got one from
my paint store to do a bit of touch up on a metal project. I
could get the paint matched and then spray it on with the
sprayer without having to call in my painters.
IMHO, these are kind of throw away devices. I still have the
one that I bought, but have only used it twice. It is a bit
of a pain unless you are only doing a small amount of work and
for some reason find that it is easier to spray (which
happens). They need to be cleaned thorougly, or you will
suffer the same effects as a clogged can of spray paint.
I got mine from Sherwin Williams paint store, but they have
them at Harbor Freight, Home depot, etc.
Here is one:
I haven't seen the device you're talking about, but it sounds like an air
brush. They usually have a small container for thin paint and use
compressed air (either from an air compressor or can of propellant) to
They're a common thing in hobby shops, and they'll also run off your shop
air supply so you can save money off of the aerosol cans.
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On Mon, 12 Sep 2005 14:59:27 GMT, Brian Mahaney wrote:
Thank you for the responses. I still haven't found the device that Jeff
Jewitt uses in the photos I mentioned. After looking at the pictures
again, I think they are both the exact same device. I did find the Preval
sprayers. I bought one and tried it. The results were not good for what I
tried. I tried to spray some water based analine dye. Much of what came
out failed to atomize. With some practice I was able to get it to look a
little better. I'll try it with some other stuff to see how it works.
Maybe it will work well with other liquids like lacquer. I would still
like to find and try the one in the pictures I saw. I'll keep searching.
It would be more helpful to show him what a "Critter" is:
These are excellent for "certain" applications but will result in
a "LOT" of overspray. I would use it "outdoors" if you don't have
a "spray booth".
On Tue, 13 Sep 2005 15:19:02 GMT, Pat Barber wrote:
I've seen the critter's. They look interesting, I don't have an air
compressor. I'd like one, and one may be in the cards at some point, but
not yet. Truthfully, I think I'd rather have a decent HVLP system in the
future. It's smaller. I don't have a lot of space available. I really
wasn't looking for that kind of volume. I was just hoping I could do some
small work with that little spray device, but the HVLP would be great for
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