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Old 05-25-2006, 02:22 AM
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Advice on first spray gun

Hi guys,

I'm new here so go steady, atlhough from readina round it seems there's quite a few of you that know your stuff so hope you can help

I used to have all of my paintwork done by a friend who was a paintsprayer, although now he is harder to get hold of and over the times I had done most of the prep work had the odd go at spraying, etc and have now decided that I want a setup so I can paint the odd panel I need doing myself.

I have use of a compressor, but I have somehow lost my old gun - so I'm in the market for a new one, but don;t really want to spend mega money, up to 50 max really, new or old.

I did want to go gravity fed really for reasons like less air consumption, no spitting, more versatile but looking around in my price range it seems I'm more likely to find a good suction feed for the money. From looking around it seems I have the following options, but would appreciate advise on alternatives:
Sealey Gold Edition (suction or gravity) -
Devilbiss JGA (suction) - used, prob older type such as 502 with no inlet air trimmer
Kestrel A7005 (suction) -
Kestrel Aero Fura 2100 -
Bergen F75G (gravity) - - copy of something?
Clarke PGF14 -
Also I've seen these on ebay which I had turned a blind eye to before as they look like a copy of Iwata 400, but after reading another post on here about chinese copies it seems like the quality might not be that bad.

Basically after some advise on guns above, or better alternatives.

Oh, prob should've mentioned that the compressor I'll be using is pretty small so I need a gun with low air demand, I'll be spraying 2K primers and solids mainly, although I'd like to be able to spray base and clear as well.



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Old 05-26-2006, 01:38 AM
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OK then, just for a bit of general advice then I have a few questions that should help me choose.

Nozzle size, as I understand it, something like 1.4mm is best suited to base coats and clear coats, and a slightly larger nozzle (1.6mm ?) is better suited to heavier primers - right?
How would a 1.6 or 1.5mm nozzle get on being used for both primer and solid 2k?

Also, is it important to have an air adjuster at the inlet on the gun, as when I have read about setting guns up this is used to get steady air flow, can I use an external one if the gun doesn't have one fitted?

EDIT: Well I decided I would get two guns, one for primer and one for finishing. As I knew the primer gun wouldn't have to be brilliant I just went looking for a cheap one with 1.8mm nozzle (OK for primer - I hope!!).
I came across this:

Similar to the Kestrel one I mentioned above, but maybe higher spec and on special - delivered for 30

Hopefully I can start priming some panels in the week

On a side note, is there any specific requirement for air line? We have loads of airline at work that I could used which is generally plugged into 6bar mains and used for blow guns, etc. Not sure what it's made out of, but is it likely to be OK? Should I use as short a run as possible?

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