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Old 02-14-2005, 10:49 PM
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Harbor Freight Spray Gun

My current compressor is a Coleman 6hp 21 gallon tank: 7.7 CFM @ 40psi, 6.0 CFM @ 90psi

I am looking for a gun that my compressor can support and I don't want to spend much.

Harbor Freight sells some guns for under $40. Are any of them worth a hoot? Most of them have 1.4 or 1.7 nozzles and hold a quart of material.

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The Harbor Freight guns are ok but the quality varies
drastically between them. I really recommend you look at
"Astro" brand spray guns, you can get them for under a hundred
dollars and they , although a copy too, have a lot higher
quality. They have a Binks copy that works really well and they
also have a hvlp that I really like, and you can get different tips too.
Check out a store called "Spray Gun World" on the net.
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Old 02-15-2005, 11:20 AM
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I have had good luck with HF spray guns, have not noticed a difference in quality. All the knock off guns come from China, probably the same factory. I have several of the 43430 guns and love them.

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I have had good luck with HF spray guns, have not noticed a difference in quality. All the knock off guns come from China, probably the same factory. I have several of the 43430 guns and love them.

Vince
Ditto. And your compressor specs don't go together. 6hp should make at least 10cfm @ 90psig. Is yours a single stage direct drive or a two stage belt drive? W/ a 21 gallon tank, it is probably the former. If so it is likely an over-rated 3hp motor. Still should keep up with the 43430.
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6 hp--probably "peak" HP or the latest term "maximum developed" HP which is the same thing and both are nonsense. Willys is right at about 3 HP. Sounds below minimum for painting.
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I have a Harbor freight 43440 and it rocks! My dad bought a HF siphon feed for around 25 bucks and that thing is the worst thing ever. If you need a cheaper gun the 43440 is great and easy to start on, the CFM req is kinda high, but with my 5 gallon 2hp 5cfm compressor it hangs in there only dropping 10psi if you run it for like 4 feet without stopping. I painted a whole bumper with it and no probs. Also they have a 60 dollar gun that has a 5.8cfm req. which I hear isnt bad either.

Also the 43440 has addition nozzles you can get for 20 bucks each.
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Old 03-05-2005, 01:08 AM
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43430 is a hvlp gun that says it needs 9.5 minimum cfm. My compressor defintiely couldn't keep up with that.

i'm looking for a non-hvlp gun for cheap that gets the job done well.

is this one any good?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=43760
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ok, walcom makes an hvlp gravity feed that requires 6.6cfm. its the lowest ive seen. it called a "slim s". i have one of these and it works great. not as good as my sata or iwata but it is real good. it is a premium gun so the price is higher than the hf model, around $230 but with a small compressor you dont have much of a choice. other than this gun i dont think ive ever seem one under 9.5cfm. you can order it from www.spraygundepot.com.
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Check this one out.
I have no experience with this model.but it's in your range.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=90977

Sorry,You said non HVLP.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=91009
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Harbor Freight guns are good. I spray Urethane candies with them and the come out great.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=43430

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Here is a pic of my recently painted dash for my 34. This was a test of the color we have chosen and also a test of how well the Harbor Freight gun handled the PPG 3000 clear. The pic does not due it justice, as it is mirror smooth. The color is a 2005 Dodge Molten Red Pearl Clearcoat.

Can some one point me to some instructions on posting the picture instead of an attachment?

Everytime I do a search it turns up over 100 hits that have nothing to do with the subject.

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You have to have the pic hosted somewhere online and use the [img] button above your posting box to link to your post.



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My current compressor is a Coleman 6hp 21 gallon tank: 7.7 CFM @ 40psi, 6.0 CFM @ 90psi

I am looking for a gun that my compressor can support and I don't want to spend much.

Harbor Freight sells some guns for under $40. Are any of them worth a hoot? Most of them have 1.4 or 1.7 nozzles and hold a quart of material.

NAPA sells a Finex model (in the Sharpe line) in conventional and HVLP models. I use a 5hp Craftsman and I purchased the FX200 with a 1.4 tip for base and clear. Gun is on sale a NAPA dealers through the end of March.
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Old 03-06-2005, 09:50 PM
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A word of caution on the Finex,
I went thru 2 of their touch up guns before finally getting one that wouldn't leak air from the trigger packing after the first shoot.
The 3rd one seems to be lasting. All though it does stick once in awhile.
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