I suspect that one is similar to (and looks like) the units that sold for
about 200 a few years ago. I've used that to spray oil paint, and latex with a
flow additive, and it did a very nice job. It handled shellac and some light
finishes. The results with water base finishes were not very good, and no
amount of additives would help. The volume of air from the turbine made it
unusable for small projects, unless they were really locked down. That also
made it very hard to finish projects that had interior areas. Others may
report better results, but remember, there is a reason why they sell more
expensive two and three stages turbine HVLP sprayers.
I later moved to a compressor and a spray gun from Homestead. It overcame all
of the above issues and is so much more flexible that I haven't used that
turbine unit in several years.
GerryG, thanks for the input.
How big of a compressor do you need to run an HVLP spray gun?
I have a small compressor from HF (CFM: 3.8 @ 90 PSI, 4.5 @ 70 PSI, 5.0
@ 40 PSI) as shown here:
Would that be capable (for small furniture jobs) and would I need any
other accessories like a regulator?
Patrick Fitzgerald - http://www.barelyfitz.com/wood
How big a compressor do you need? The answer is the question: how big is the
From your cfm ratings at 90 and 40, together with the tank size, you can look
for what's available. What you actually need to do something is a matter of
opinion, both of who you speak with, and your own impression of the quality
and ease you're looking for. For that reason, anybody who points you to a
particular spray gun without knowing what you want from it is just taking a
potshot. What I'm shooting for here is a quality gun that'll fit your
compressor and handle small furniture.
You didn't say the tank size for the compressor, but I'd say a quality
touch-up HVLP gun will need just under 5cfm @40psi and will handle small
furniture jobs. Caveat: If your tank is small, it will be cycling quite a bit.
While there are other equivalent guns available, the one I use for small
furniture is a Walcom STM HVLP. It atomizes well enough that I can spray
shellac at 12-18psi, and water base poly at 18-36.
There are cheaper guns available (and more expensive ones), but this is a
versatile middle ground. This one does come with a regulator.
If you're also going to spray dye or any colors, I'd suggest also picking up a
Harbour Freight 20-40 touch up gun, and leave your good one for clear finish
I bought this item online - not bad for $50, but I haven't used it
enough to write a real review, nor am I knowlegeable enough for the
I was at HF this weekend and saw their day-after-thanksgiving sale and
notice that this unit will be on sale for $29.
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