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Re: Which paint gun should I buy?

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20 oz. HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun $13.99

Central Pneumatic - item#47016 ON-LINE

20 oz. HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun $13.99

Central Pneumatic Professional - item#67181 IN STORE


Item #38518

The above items can be viewed at Harbor Freight on-line

Both of the 'Purple Guns' I listed above I believe are the same. The part numbers are different for on-line purchase or in-store purchase and the 47016 I bought has a 1.4mm nozzle and the 67181 has a 1.5mm nozzle. Also the box that the 47016 came in says the gun requires 14CFM-I believe that is a mistake.

Paint guns and compressors are rated by CFM Usually at 40 PSI and 90 PSI

The manufacture states that the 'Purple Gun' requires 6 CFM @ 40 PSI. That is kind of typical for inexpensive guns being sold today.

My local Walmart has a very nice Campbell Hausfeld compressor for $409. It is a belt driven oil-type compressor and is a 30 gallon 2HP 110 household electric plug and play. It is rated- 6.8 CFM @ 40 pounds. I have had no luck at all with oil-less (One unit motor and compressor) compressors if you "work" them.

If you paint a couple of tractors a year and run a few tools, i.e. air sander, impact wrench, this is all you need.

The one big advantage to the aluminum cup I listed above is that it is easy to clean and has a snap off lid. No threads to clean. It also holds a full quart of material. Another big advantage to the gravity feed cup is, you can mix small amounts and it uses it all. With a siphon feed gun, it can not use ALL of small amounts.

You should start out painting with 'Good' paint and avoid the high priced urethanes until you get the hang of it, or you may even decide, enamel or acrylic enamel is more than adequate for what you want.

Sata guns and high priced equipment along with expensive materials are all over-kill on hobby/farm equipment unless you are building high point truly show vehicles...or you have something to prove.

I have painted with a lot better and I have painted with a lot worse than the recommendations I'm offering here.

If you prep well, follow the paint directions and use a catalyst or hardener in your paint, You can have a quality durable paint job that most would be proud of.
FWIW- I painted my 8n chassis and dash with the 'Purple Gun' #47016 and a 1HP compressor. It turned out very nice.

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