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Old 10-18-2005, 10:37 PM
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Air compressor

I'm thinking of painting a vehicle and would like to know how big of a compressor I need. Does anyone have info on a US General 60 gal 6.5 HP compressor from Harbour Freight? Are they any good and will they make enough cfm? It's rated at 14.5cfm@40 psi and 12.85@90. I won't be using a HVLP, just a suction feed sprayer.
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it sounds like a fairly high cfm compressor, is it American Made or from a sweatshop somewhere far far away? just wonderin.
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There are good compressors($$$$) and junk compressors, the US General seems to fall some where in the middle. I have no hands-on experiance with that brand but I have looked them over in the store and for a cheapo outfit it does seem like it is better built than most and I would think that for the money it offers decent value. If all you are looking for is part time use and you can get by on that amount of air flow then it should be ok.

BTW, Not sure what you intend to paint but if you are talking auto paint,especially B/C C/C, then I would recommend you forget that old-fashioned suction gun and get an HVLP. There are quite a few good economy priced guns out there that will pay for themselves in paint savings in one or two jobs plus do a much better job! That compressor, while marginal for auto body, will run a DA and an HVLP paint gun ok if you pace yourself.
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I just hooked up that very compressor. Yes, it is american made, just made by someone and a different label slapped on it. I actually did some homework before buying one to make sure I could get replacement parts if necessary. Here is a link.

http://www.abacamerican.com/

Link to either Rockworth or BelAire...both have the same compressor shown. It isn't a 2-stage, but seems to be decent.
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get rid of the suction sprayer

I have a 5 hp 1 stage 60 gal us general from HF. it cant recover fast enough to paint a car with out dry spots u want to keep it wet all at the same time... Im on the internet now looking up info whats the best for my money. Im an aircraft mechanic, that also is the painter at my shop. We used to have a suction sprayer at my work until we decided to get a hvlp paint gun. The suction sprayer wastes paint and if your not the best at painting... runs, runs, runs. overspray... etc. I can paint with a suction sprayer fine but its a pain in the a@@. Get a hvlp gun... also HVLP gun it will say you only need 20 something inlet pressure... to the gun we have,,, thats a lie.... 80 psi works for me... it seems to atomize the paint better at 80... lesson from my story is U WILL NEED ALOT OF AIR.............. 60 gal too small ... u will need at least 20 cfm @ 90 psi... and min. 80 gal tank 2 stage comp.
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I see you are new here, welcome, BUT did you notice that this discussion was 5 years ago?
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I am really glad to visit this informative post. I found here great information.
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I have an electric compressor and when I turn it on, the engine starts running and a bit of air comes out of the tube (not much). Please give me some solution for this.
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Is the air flow steady or does it pulse? Most compressors have a one way check valve between the compressor and the tank, it could be bad
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