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Gary Vestal

09-09-2012 06:49:18

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I have never painted and was wanting to know what type of paint gun would be the best to buy? I am wanting to paint my old super c, not for show just to use. thanks Gary

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09-12-2012 13:42:07

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 Re: paint gun in reply to Gary Vestal, 09-09-2012 06:49:18  
I would never suggest a conventional gun. We bought a set of guns from our paint supplier. Unfortunately it looks very similar to the HF kit and was twice as much. On the upside it does spray well and I overpaid so it must be good!!!

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09-12-2012 06:30:04

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 Re: paint gun in reply to Gary Vestal, 09-09-2012 06:49:18  
i've used syphon, hvlp and pressure pot guns.

each have their uses and pro / con for different applications

furthermore.. many people have a favorite.

foir farm use? hit harbor freight.. get a 15$ gun and associated regulator.. don't use a oiler or a line that had an oiler on it.

practice on a piece of old car hood or cardboard.

have fun.

clean the gun after use.. you can do some good work with a cheap gun with a lil patience.

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Jason S.

09-10-2012 04:47:14

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 Re: paint gun in reply to Gary Vestal, 09-09-2012 06:49:18  
I have had several harbor freight guns and the ones that come in a black plastic case for $59.99 are really good. You get the regular gravity feed gun, and touch up gun and a couple different needles. They are part of their professional line and they spray as well as some of the sharpe and devilbiss guns I have. If your worried about air consumption just open the box and look at the papers and it will tell you how much air it uses. They aren't all the same.

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09-09-2012 21:18:27

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 Re: paint gun in reply to Gary Vestal, 09-09-2012 06:49:18  
I have used both HVLP and suction and by far the HVLP is better in my book. Granted undersides are a little tougher (and I use my mini touch up gun for areas I can't reach with my HVLP) but for large areas I don't think it can be beat. It does use more air, but I don't have to worry about vent holes plugging. I got my set from Northern Tool on sale for $100 and that gave me a big primer gun, a big paint gun, a touch up gun and an air regulator. I am just about finished painting a 49 Chevy truck and have had no problems with the guns. I have been using them for about 6-7 years and have done a half dozen tractors with them. I find the spray to be more even and a finer spray then with suction. Plus guns are easier to clean out. :) Just my 2 cents worth.

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El Toro

09-09-2012 18:24:02

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 Re: paint gun in reply to Gary Vestal, 09-09-2012 06:49:18  
I bought a used Develbiss spray gun and bought parts to rebuild it. I painted my garden tractor with it using acrylic enamel paint and I
sprayed my vinyl shutters with it using exterior
latex from Sherwin Williams. I also have a HVLP spray gun, but it consumes a lot of air and my compressor is borderline. Small items is ok. Hal

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Wayne Wiseman

09-09-2012 17:50:12

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 Re: paint gun in reply to Gary Vestal, 09-09-2012 06:49:18  
I just purchased a spray gun from Eastwood Co. It is called Evolution. Cost is $99.00 and sometimes cheaper. It has a 1.4 nozzle. I painted a 1950 Ferguson TO-20 that my Dad purchased new. I used urethane paint and the gun was great and the finish was outstanding. No need to sand and buff. This is my 3rd gun. By far the best. It out performs my $150. Sharpe gun.

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5020s rock

09-09-2012 14:48:36

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 Re: paint gun in reply to Gary Vestal, 09-09-2012 06:49:18  
big 10-4 on the harbor freight guns. they work fine. they dont have the adjustment range they should have but work good. i use the one with the gun handle separate from the canister for upside down painting. i used 3 guns on 9 or 10 tractors.

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Stephen Newell

09-09-2012 13:44:59

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 Re: paint gun in reply to Gary Vestal, 09-09-2012 06:49:18  
Just painting one tractor, I would buy a conventional paint sprayer from Harbor Freight. Its item 97855 which runs about $25.00. I have a couple of them and they work great except for some automotive finishes. I don't care for their HVLP gravity sprayer. It comes in handy for touch up where I'm mixing a small batchs of catalyzed paint but it should be called a low volumn regular pressure gun.

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Gary Vestal

09-09-2012 18:21:21

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 Re: paint gun in reply to Stephen Newell, 09-09-2012 13:44:59  
thanks for the help. I think everyone is saying no hvlp gun. Gary

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09-10-2012 17:11:44

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 Re: paint gun in reply to Gary Vestal, 09-09-2012 18:21:21  
Not everyone. HVLP is far better than the old spray guns, particularly for someone who has not painted. Very easy to adjust, less overspray, if you accidently run out of paint it just stops and doesn't squirt paint all over everything you just painted. I have not had problems painting the underside, either. With a good compressor the air volume is not a problem, you should be able to find one to match your compressor. Mine puts out 15 psi at 90 psi, much more at spraying pressure. Unlike others, I don't buy cheap guns, the more expensive ones are considerably better. But, you won't know that unless you compare them.

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Jason S.

09-10-2012 18:35:09

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 Re: paint gun in reply to CNKS, 09-10-2012 17:11:44  
I've got several guns...a couple of Sharpe's...Devilbiss..and I use an Iwata W400 mostly on cars that I paint. I bought a couple of the purple harbor freight guns just to primer with and later I bought that professional gun cause I had a coupon for it...and it lays down as nice a finish as the W400. But I highly recommend getting rid of the plastic cups and putting an aluminum cup on them and check the air cap on the gun before you buy it. Some of them the holes in the air caps are drilled off.

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09-11-2012 05:49:49

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 Re: paint gun in reply to Jason S., 09-10-2012 18:35:09  
I use a Sata touch up gun for most things, and either a Sharpe Platinum or a Sata full size for the chassis and sheet metal. Sharpe Cobalt for surfacers with a 1.8 tip. I can tell the smoother finish with the Sata vs the Sharpe platinum.

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