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Old 09-02-2003, 11:49 PM
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Harbor frieghts gravity feed paint gun?

Has anyone used one of the Harbor Freight 20oz. gravity feed paint guns? THey are on sale for $50 does anyone know of a better moderately priced gun? This gun says it only goes to 55psi. which makes me Leary.

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Old 09-03-2003, 01:11 AM
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I love Harbor Freight...But I don't know 20 oz. Is that the smaller one? I bought the small one for $55 years and years ago and have had not one problem yet! I bought it to paint the dash of the Roadway trucks we were refurbishing at the body shop. The gun worked soooo well I became the go to guy! Other misguided individuals were removing the windshields to achieve the effects I got with the great little gun. After my success a few mechanics bought the Snap-On gravity feed guns and one person had to have it overhauled after two months. The Central Pneumatic gun I bought and the Snap-On gun the other mechanic bought have the exact same casting!!!! The Snap-On gun just has the Embossed logo and red anodizing where my gun is plain chrome!
I will stress right now that I would rather fight than switch from my Central Pneumatic mini paint gun.....I say try it.... Most of my air tools are Central Pnu.....and I have never had a problem with them...even after hurricane Floyd covered them in water twice!!!!
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I am in the market for a new gun, and I have been reading some great comments on the Harbor Freight gun. I just yesterday went and looked at it. The one I looked at had a 20oz cup. It was made in Taiwan, not China which made me feel a little better. It looked very good. I know the purist will poo poo this gun, but the fact is the top name gun manufacturers have had to go offshore for their guns, and the truth be known they are probably coming from the same factory. I found a review of the gun on a web site at http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sum...mnerindex.html

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Will the 20oz. gun be too small to do a complete? I realize I will have to refill but I don't want to have to 20 times! I couldn't find a bigger gravity feed @ Harbor Freight Zach
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I don't have the gun you mentioned but I do have 4 various Harbor Freight spray guns including a pressure pot remote head HVLP that I LOVE. I wouldn't have a second thought about buying any HF spray gun. I'm with Sandflea427SS, I have seen the guts of the high priced guns and the Central Pneumatic ones and unless there are size differences imperceptible to the human eye, I can't see any difference. They sure put on paint nicely and that is all I care about.
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I've painted 5 cars with mine. Takes about 4-5 refills per coat. Not bad since I always have a helper mixing up the next load for me while I spray.
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Thanx All. I will pick one up today and invest the $400 savings in good paint. Zach
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Thanx All. I will pick one up today and invest the $400 savings in good paint. Zach
That much money might even buy a whole gallon!
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Got one of the buggers today, will let ya'll know how it works when I get around to laying on some base.

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the entire gravity HVLP setup is lilke 49.99 from HF, that is like 3 cups, the touch up/ detail and the full sized gun, and a regulator and filter/ water seperator.
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I've got one of those purple Harbor Freight HVLP guns. It works OK but personally, I prefer my old Binks and Craftsman siphon pots for bigger jobs..Siphon pots throw off a bunch more over spray but I can lay paint down a lot smoother with more volume and more pressure. I shot an old gas pump with the HVLP gun a few months ago and it looks fairly good. With a little cut and buffing it'll be right up town.
I've found I need more reducer using HVLP stuff. I haven't shot any metallic color through the cheapy gun yet, I'm still trying to refine my technique with solid-color acrylic enamel.
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A few months ago, I got one of those full size purple guns from HF. The first one I got was garbage, so I sent it back and they replaced it. I used the replacement when I repaired my daughter's car. It sprayed like a dream! I was really shocked. I actually had the option of using a SATA on that project if there was a problem. I stuck with the HF gun.

I also have one of the smaller touch up guns from them. That gun also sprayed smooth as silk.

I can't really complain.

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I've used one for several years now and it was my main clear gun till I got the Iwata. It's like any gun,you need to use it and learn what it likes,which is AIR. Once I went to a true 3/8 set up it really came to life. I use it for metallics and kandy as it gives a nice wide fan and even does cheap paint proud. I was having a LOT of trouble with value line metallics and was blaming the paint but I grabbed the purple gun one day as my Finishline was dirty and after some adjusting was really pleased with the paint. So it's become my "specialty paint" gun for sure.
Harbor does have some quality issues with their guns,so IF it's not spraying right,take it back and get another one.
The other "down" side with it,The paint chamber inside the gun,behind the fluid nozzle is quite large and a good, THROUGH cleaning is necessary to prevent problems with old product "sitting" there and coming back when you least expect it.
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