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Old 07-09-2005, 08:39 PM
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Anyone use this cheap turbine HVLP gun

Hello,
Just wondering if anyone has used this gun from HVLP. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44677
I'm building a low budget rod ( see below) and don't need a perfect paint job. I was looking at a Wagoner model but it only has 2.5 amps and this one has almost 10 amps. It says it will spray heavy stains and latex. Should it be able to lay down primer and some cheap automotive paint?
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Old 07-09-2005, 10:31 PM
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It will probably blow some primer on but I wouldn'nt attempt a urethane finish with it. I would borrow or rent a compressor and gun.
Tell us about that little car, what engine, etc. It has a great look to it.
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Old 07-10-2005, 06:24 AM
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It is a 1974 VW beetle. I am using a 1970 cadillac eldorado front end ( 500ci engine,transmission, frame, and suspension). I have chopped the top 7", widened a front hood and cowl for the rear end, lengthened the doors 6" and extended the front end about 18". Oh yeah, and it is a removeable hardtop! Here are a couple more pictures. The goal is to keep it under $1500. I have about $800 in it right now.

Someone photoshopped in a rear window

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Scott
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Old 07-10-2005, 06:54 AM
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I've used one like that from Campbell Hauasfield when I was doing woodworking. I used it for waterbased poly only. as for on a car I would't use it at all or even try.
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These type guns work great for waterborne and enamels but can only be a potential disaster for urethanes.
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I'm planning on shooting an acrylic enamel. It is my understanding that enamels are different than urethanes. They advertise that it is good for enamels and laquers. Also, there is a 15 foot hose. I'm thinking the risk of igniting anything wouldnt be any greater than running an air compressor motor. Any thoughts? I'm going to get it anyway because I just bought some furniture I would like to spray and I have a coupon to pick one up for $80.
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Like it has been said they are great for waterborne finishes so it will work great if you want to re-finish some furniture. When I was using one in my wood shop I did find that the filter clogged up pretty quick from the poly, what I did to solve the problem because of the short hose, was I found that a 3/4" garden hose would fit with the same threads so I just got a 25' NEW hose and left the turbine outside or in the next room. Worked out great after that.

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That thing looks like an open wheeled audi TT haha.. its sick man. i was thinking about building a bettlerod.. did you do the work yourself?
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That must have been alot of headscratchin & work putting the caddy front in the rear of that VW. It'll be a cool cruizer when done. I see easy wheelies in your future. Bob
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i like it
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that unit was on sale last week at my local hf for 39.99 so if you dont need it right away id wait and see if it goes on sale again. i used a similar one to primer some walls with latex and it wasnt the best. but to each his own
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Go here and pick up a cheap spray gun for your needs.. You can get the Astro brand, they are great knock off guns and I have had plenty of success using them over the years as have many people on different boards

http://www.spraygunworld.com/products/Astro/index.htm
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Why go to all the trouble to build a nice looking rod and then see how cheap you can paint it. Look at a compressor and paint gun as an investment. I hope this is not your last car because it looks like you went to a lot of trouble to build it. The paint is what makes the rod complete. I know you have a budget but you are not going to be happy with a half *** job. How much more is it going to cost you to get a compressor and gun and do the job right. Try renting a compressor and buying a gun. After all the work you have put in on the car I am sure you can figure out how to get a compressor. Your cost is going to be in the paint and if you make a mistake it is non recoverable. Do you belong to any clubs around that has equipment. Join one and make friends with people who may have a used compressor that you could pickup, or could help you in the painting. Just one old mans opinion
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