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Old 11-15-2009, 11:10 PM
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Affordable HVLP Recommendations?

Hello all, Im looking for some advice on which HVLP gun to get. I was able to find some old threads on the forums from 3-5 years back about which gun to get, but was wondering if Astro Pneumatic HVLP guns from www.spraygunworld.com are still the recommended gun of choice for its value and performance?

Also what is the difference between the QUL, QUL-R & QULDX-R that they have listed other then the $20 difference? I cant see any difference from the description the have listed.

I currently have a set I got from Napa for $150 a year or so ago, but found that they don't seem to shoot very good quality. I used a 1.3mm gun for the base clear and ended up with a TON of orange peal due to bad atomization, even with the pressure turned way up and the paint flow turned down I couldnt get what I was looking for. Ended up getting droplets that were to heavy and large for what the paint needs. And yes, I did the proper prep work and primer work before painting, I do have a professional painter with 30 years experience to help guide me trough the way

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Old 11-16-2009, 12:54 AM
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I hear good things about the Eastwood Concours gun http://www.eastwood.com/ew-concours-...html?reltype=2
but someone on here said its a Asturo, rebadged for the Eastwood Co. Heres the thread Another HF6622 question & Eastwood Concours?
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Be careful about buying guns from places like NAPA and Eastwood, as more than likely they are all Chinese knock off's. If you have to settle for a Chinese knock off there is absolutely no reason to pay $150 for one that works well.

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Be careful about buying guns from places like NAPA and Eastwood, as more than likely they are all Chinese knock off's. If you have to settle for a Chinese knock off there is absolutely no reason to pay $150 for one that works well.

Vince
Yeah. Well the Napa kit did come with a 1.3 gun, 1.8 gun, a touch up gun and regulator so it wasn't to much of a loss. I will still use the 1.8 for primer, but Im just worried that its not laying down the primer very smooth as well seeings how it appears to have the same blotchy/poor atomization effects as the 1.3 gun. I guess Ill just hand sand everything I primer with a block and 600 grit to make sure
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I like the Kobalt HVLP gun from Lowes. It sprays BC great, but takes a little getting use to for an orange peel free CC. I also had the 1.5 tip and would Image a 1.3-1.4 would be better for clear. I also had pretty good results using it for single stage as well. My theory is, if looking for around $100 gun, get it. If you're looking at spending ~$200, either save up more and buy a nice top of the line gun or keep a close eye on local craigslist ads for a high end gun that's well maintained for ~$250-300.
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IMO it is easier to lay down paint with a conventional or compliant gun.
Can often get away with a cheaper air compressor system with a conventional gun.
I have Devilbiss CVI which is expensive but can use cheap ziplock liners.
Can paint upside down with the ziplock bag system.
I bought extra nozzle/needle sizes so I can use CVI for primer, BC,CC and touchup.

What surprised me is the harbor freight $9.99 92126-0VGA detail gun atomizes like a dream. Makes me wonder how well the other china knockoff guns work.
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What surprised me is the harbor freight $9.99 92126-0VGA detail gun atomizes like a dream. Makes me wonder how well the other china knockoff guns work.
Check out the link at the bottom of my sig if you want to see how well they spray.

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Check out the link at the bottom of my sig if you want to see how well they spray.

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Nice job with the HF gun

I was in a jam and needed a touch up gun quick. I could afford to risk $9.99 for the HF gun. It worked so well I bought a spare. The cup is side mounted so one can spray upside down; bonus.
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affordable hvlp

I have had good luck with the sharps/graco FINEX model fx3000. I believe that I purchased a pair for around $150. One for primer and a separate one for base/clearcoats. Good gun if you remeber to tape the lid before use I have the standard aluminum cup with the rubber cap it pushes in place rather than screws on. It shrinks with temperature change and will fall off while painting (verrry Bad) happened over my hood while spraying flames. Get this front an automotive paint supply store like smitty's if you have one near you. Get them to sell you the blue iwatta cup cap too. it does not shrink . Hope this helps
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Thanks for the info!

But does any have any first hand experance with Astro guns? Are they really as good a gun as something comparable to a $300 one?
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I still use my Astro, have had it for more than 10 yrs now.
They are copy guns but I believe they are a much higher
quality than the other copies, the finish, machining and fit
seem to be much better.
I think for the money, they can't be beat.
I got a Iwata and use it for clear now, it's better for sure but
not by a very large margin. The Iwata cost 4 times as much,
and is only a little better.
I still prefer my Astro for base & primer over my Iwata.
But that Astro will do everything just fine.
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I still use my Astro, have had it for more than 10 yrs now.
They are copy guns but I believe they are a much higher
quality than the other copies, the finish, machining and fit
seem to be much better.
I think for the money, they can't be beat.
I got a Iwata and use it for clear now, it's better for sure but
not by a very large margin. The Iwata cost 4 times as much,
and is only a little better.
I still prefer my Astro for base & primer over my Iwata.
But that Astro will do everything just fine.

Thanks for the info. Im not looking for show car quality, I just want something that doesn't look like your car is an actual orange
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does anyone know what the difference is between the models of astro guns?
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Thanks for the info. Im not looking for show car quality, I just want something that doesn't look like your car is an actual orange
Well, you definetly CAN get show car quality with an Astro gun,
and with most any gun out there actually.
Even if you spray with a lot of orange peel with a low budget gun,
The sanding and buff can take care of that.
You can get any quality level paint job you want if you
work it enough. It's not the gun-it's the painter.

P.S. I have been useing my Astro so long that I have no idea
about the new models. But a friend of mine just got a LVLP
and I'm waiting to see how it does. I've heard they're pretty good.
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Freight HVLP spray gun......

Hi,i havre 3 HF,hvlp guns,they spray GREAT. and they are not overrated $ 400.00 guns. they are often on sale for $29.95 or less.
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