HVLP spraying advice

HVLP spraying advice

PostBy: KLook On: Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:08 pm

Looking to purchase an HVLP sprayer to finish some cabinets and other odds and ends, my boat if I ever get it down here. Does anyone have some experience with these spray guns and have an opinion about brands and such? I have sprayed cars, trucks, towers, and bridges along with a few other things. But that was with airguns and high pressure.

Kevin
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Re: HVLP spraying advice

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:24 pm

Kevin,

I have tons of experience with hvlp. Nobody uses high pressure anymore. I have a professional turbine (apollo) and a gravity feed cheapie from napa. The napa gun cost $70 and uses a traditional compressor and hose. It works as good as the turbine unit and if Im using two part urethane or epoxy it works better because it generates no heat. And if I screw up and let it get hard in the gun its only $70 and not $400 for a new gun. Set the pressures as recommended ,thin with the proper reducer in the right amounts and no worries :D Before I bought the napa one I tried a kobalt from lowes and I could never make it work right so I wouldn't recommend that option. Good luck,

Waldo
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Re: HVLP spraying advice

PostBy: KLook On: Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:36 pm

Is the Napa gun HVLP? I have been looking at the Titan turbines. Yes they are pricey. How much capacity does the Napa gun have? I hope it is a cheap solution like that!

Kevin
The other issue would be water separation and dirt from the compressor. I have 2 small compressors but not a big shop type. What cfm does your Napa require?

Just did a whole bunch of research, I dont have the compressor to run the $400 dollar Apollo gun, and I dont want to chance a cheap Napa gun working with my older Dewalt compressor. I would have to buy a new one(compressor) and a water separator and dryer. No savings over the Apollo or the Titan.
Thanks for the insight, it caused me to research a little harder. ;)
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Re: HVLP spraying advice

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:39 am

Hi Kevin, I also did a lot of spraying of kitchen cabinets at a cabinet shop, and at home. Buy a large, 4-5 ft. tall holding tank, cheap, much better than a small compressor continually running on and off trying to keep up and causing havoc with your spraying. I have an inexpensive Kobalt air compressor and it works fine because it has a 80 gallon tank I can spray with the hvlp gun for about 5 minutes before the a/c kicks on. The auto parts store guns work well, I also have a Campbell Hausfeld 30 dollar gun and it is ok. You can buy different tips for the different products you are spraying. I used water based laquer of many colors when I sprayed cabinets and that worked very well in the guns. My buddy sprays gel coat on fiberglass with the same set up with great success. Good luck! Mike.
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Re: HVLP spraying advice

PostBy: KLook On: Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:36 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys. I have made an offer on a Titan Capspray 105. I looked at buying a tank only and using one of my compressors, but worried about dirt and water. Interesting that so many us just the hvlp gun, but I suppose most shops had the compressor systems in place already so it was a cheaper alternative. This system is portable if needed also.

Kevin
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman (Back In Maine)
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000