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Old 12-08-2005, 04:51 PM
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Astro Guns? Opinions please

Please share your experiences with these guns. I need a couple low cost guns for my project and they need to be LVLP. Here's a package deal i saw

http://www.spraygunworld.com/Informa...%20Package.htm

also, been reading about the iwata copy guns on ebay, anyone completed a project with one? I am open to all suggestions, but I would prefer actual experiences over just what you have heard or read.

also, where do you guys like to buy your autobody supplies online? who has the best service and prices?

Hope this thread doesn't start WW3 !!!

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I did some research and read a great deal about those guns and actually bought that combo today from sprayworld. I don't have any experience using them, but i will let you know how they work for me in a week or so. It will be my first time shooting. If you do a search on this site, you will find a lot of information on astro guns. -Dave
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That would be great stratos, I look forward to hearing your results.

You're right i forgot to search first, my bad.
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I have used them for 13 years... Reckon at autobody101 uses one everyday ... the DX3... I think they are very good guns for the price... Of course they are not a Sata, nor do they remotely cost that of one either... I still use one weekly for primer.. it is a 2.0 hoser... the rest have been retired, but if I ever needed one if another gun failed, believe me I would pull them off the wall or out of the cabinet and not think twice of spraying anything through them
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hey Bondo King, is the 1.8 tip OK for spraying epoxy and high build primers? As far as spraying bc/cc is 1.4 what most people use?

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Hi those guns look very similar to the style of the Finex products from sharpe.

For the money on that deal though, If it were me I would go with devilbiss
finishline 3 guns instead.

The devilbiss guns work well, are not air hogs, and the big plus is since they
are pretty popular at least in the US your local Auto paint shop may have replacement parts and various sizes of caps available for them.

Here is the model number of the Finishline 3 "Non" HVLP Type

DEV-FLG651G13, They also make a hvlp model too.

and a link to a store where I found it.

http://www.toolrage.com/prodlist.asp?strSearch=DEV-

Go to http://www.autorefinishdevilbiss.com/

for spec sheets etc.

FYI: Alot of people on here like the Astro guns. I am sure they are fine
but IMHO I would not shell out any money on a gun if replacement parts
were difficult to obtain, assuming you can even get replacement parts.

Hope this info is helpful to you.

Thanks X
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I've got one astro non hvlp star model gun that sees occasional use. Mine is a medium sized gun that works just fine for smaller projects and jambs, etc. It sprays and handles really well for what it cost.
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You may want to check, if those guns have available tip sizes it
may be cheaper to buy one gun and another tip size to go with it.
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hey Bondo King, is the 1.8 tip OK for spraying epoxy and high build primers? As far as spraying bc/cc is 1.4 what most people use?

Thanks for replying
Yes you can spray high build primers with a 1.8 tip, it will work fine...
Yes the 1.4 will be great for clear, base and epoxy... I use a 1.5 gun I have had for years (crappy sharpe) for base only... It lays down base beautifully but wont put down clear worth a crap...
I always use a 1.4 for clears too... I use spi products and that is what the Boss reccomends..

The 1.4 tip is the middle of the road all purpose tip if you will!!

Note: You can spray just about anything through anything reduced... just a litte FYI... However to get the properties from your high build primers that you are looking for, you dont need to over reduce them
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Thanks guys for the knowledgeable replies, I won't be doing any priming or painting for a few more months (its a car port project ) when it gets warmer. I'll probably just wait and see what new products come along between now and then.

The main reason i want LVLP guns is my compressor, I'm not sure if it can handle the HVLP models too good. Craftsman 4HP 25 Gallon tank.

I can use a conventional gun pretty good with it but I dont want all the waste and overspray.

Actually now looking at the specs for the astro, my compressor may be borderline. I'll just have to try it and see.

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Yeah, the astro guns are very nice, you wont regret the purchase.
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I just bought one, the hvlp dx9 I believe it is, It has a 1.9 tip. I bought it to use for primer, I had been using a Devilbiss Finishline first generation for primer and it was just ok, Ive only used the Astro once but I think the Devilbiss will be gathering dust. The Astro has similiar controls to my Satas It shoots primer really nice. BTW Im not slamming Devilbiss guns, my Clear gun for big jobs is a GFG plus with the 1.4 tip and it, in my opinion, is a great clear coat gun. Al
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