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Old 07-29-2010, 07:54 AM
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$40 TCP Global "pro" gun OK for spraying thick primer surfacer?

Has anyone here used the "pro" guns from this company on ebay? I'm thinking about getting a 2.0 tipped gun for when I spray the thick primer surfacer. The ad says I can get bigger/smaller tips/caps for the gun. Price is about $40. I'm not looking for a gun that has to last years and many cars worth of shooting. My panel truck is the only vehicle I'm trying to do. I do understand and have seen the difference in quality tools, but I can't see spending hundreds of dollars on a gun I'll use on one or two jobs. Would a H.Freight gun be as good or better? I've been looking on Craigslist for a used quality gun, but not much luck.....
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:12 PM
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For cheap guns, they work very well and if you keep it clean it will last for years. We use them for primer guns on a daily basis. They are cheap enough to be disposable yet durable enough to last.

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I've never ordered anything from TCP Global, but they have good reviews....Is the 2.0 tip big enough to spray Evercoat's Slick Sand?
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Since I have never used Slick Sand. I don't know. I have a philosophy of "Keep it Simple". That way less mistakes are made and a better product produced. We don't take short cuts but stick to tried and true methods.

I've heard good things about Slick Sand, but... I prefer products to been on the market for awhile and see how they hold up with time. Too many NEW items pop up and then a couple of years later problems start appearing.

So, KISS "keep it simple stupid" is my motto.

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Did you try going to their forum and looking for an answer there from people who have used them? try http://www.paintersforum.com/
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Since Slick Sand is about the highest build primer you can get, you should use a 2.2 or 2.3.
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evercoat has been developing polyester products longer than most of the cheap stuff out there. stay away from cheap primers and second line stuff.
the vaper 2.3 is a good gun for poly and can be bought from northern for 44.00.
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Thanks for the replies. I finally had the brain storm of going to look at the Slick Sand tech sheet; it says 2.0 or larger. I think there is a Northern in Tampa, so I will check out their gun you mentioned SHINE; that is definitely in my price range for a gun I'll use one or two time
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now i'm not a fan of cutting corners or cheap stuff when it comes to a hotrod. but i bought one of these guns to shoot epoxy with. not going to get into a pissing match on epoxy only, just an example. after getting the gun set i can get single coat mill equal to a double coat with a 1.4 . double coat with the 2.3 and i've got enough to block without sandwiching peel or anything else each coat. it's a cheap gun, keep it clean and remember the seals on the cap are a little weak. don't gorilla it .
i think roger1 got one of them to try.
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i think roger1 got one of them to try.
I did. But, I haven't used it yet. On my '55 hardtop project, so far the only epoxy I've put on is on some small parts and the firewall. I used my old POS HF purple gun for that stuff. I'll break out new Vapor when I'm ready to do an all-over on the body with the epoxy. I also need to use poly on the quarter panels and I'll use it for that too.

I'll post back here with my experience with it after I try it out.

Btw, shine, I used my new Iwata LPH400 for the base and clear on the firewall. I like it! I'm putting the body back on the frame right now. I used that furniture wrapping stretch cellophane around the frame. Worked pretty darn good.
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dont laugh roger but in my younger days we actually wrapped frames and stuff with aluminum foil. if forced into it i would use spray mask. it washes off with soap and water. used it for race cars. something about paint first they don't seem to get.
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I bought one of those 2.3 Vaper guns from Northern to shoot some S-W high build industrial epoxy primer. Worked like a champ. My dad later used it for some feather fill he was using on a pickup. He had a 2.0 primer gun already, but said the 2.3 worked a lot better in getting that primer to flow out without excessive thinning.
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the seals on the cap are a little weak. don't gorilla it .
LOL SHINE....yeah, I've learned a little finesse with tools and parts over the years; like not APEING down on bolts and such....
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