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Old 01-17-2006, 09:13 AM
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More air please!

Wow what a difference it makes, I found these air fittings at Home Depot.
The kit is about $10.00. They are 3/8" dia fittings with the std 1/4"
connection. They allow a lot more cfm even when hooking back up
with your smaller 3/8" hose and 1/4" fitting at the gun.
I can't believe how much different my gun sprays using these fittings.
If you have the std 1/4" ones, switch them with these and see.
This could be a tip of the day.
The std 1/4" is on the left.
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Old 01-17-2006, 09:30 AM
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I've been using these very same fittings for quite a while now as I didn't like the idea of the restrictions from the smaller diameter ones.

The only thing I don't like about them is there harder to get on and off than the smaller ones when your air hose has a lot of pressure on it.
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Old 01-17-2006, 08:01 PM
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Hi JC, They sure do make a difference in air flow.

I use the ones available from sears, they call them industrial connectors.
When you got air in your line, its Yikes ! to get them on the air tools due
to the high volume of pressure.

A few pics attached. The smallest narrow neck connector is a regular type
one for comparison to the others.

Thanks X..
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Old 01-18-2006, 04:19 AM
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Back a few years ago, I was working for an insurance company and taking an ICAR class on refinihsing. The HVLP had been out for relatively short time then. One of the guys ask about them. The instructor told us that HVLP would be great for a shop that had the right set-up, but useless for a person at home or in a small shop. They said that you had to have the right set-up to get enough air. I later ask a friend of mine that paints what they did to convert to HVLP. He told me that the only thing they did was make sure that they had the 3/8" ID hoses and changed the air fittings to the larger ones. He said that he noticed a BIG difference in the way his gun acted when they changed the fittings.

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Old 01-18-2006, 06:27 AM
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yes sir they sure do jc. when i bought my iwatas i wanted to grab the hose and blow in it. took a long time to get use to 10 lbs of pressure. but the fittings really help with volume.


glad your still around jc
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Old 01-18-2006, 07:00 AM
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Thanks Shine.

And to think, I've been using this gun for 5 yrs (off and on)
and thought it just wasn't a high enough quality to get
the finish I was after. And all along I was underpowered
for air. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Thanks to all of you on here I've learned a lot
and am getting better. Eventually I'll get good (LOL)
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:11 AM
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For over a year now I have been using these push on/push button off couplers from Prevost. At first I thought another gimmick that would soon fail and leak or jam , but to my surprise I'd say they are the Cadillac of all couplers

A light push with a finger and they use the air to help take the shock or recoil out of the relase ... smooth
You will not go back ...

http://www.atp4pneumatics.com/prevost.htm
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I went to true 3/8 last year and it DOES make a BIG difference. You'll also find out how good your compressor air volume is too.

A word of caution on the female coupler.
There are basically 2 kinds of connectors. Automotive,Industrial.
They won't interchange but there is a "universal" female coupler which "does" work BUT,
It does have a tendency to release on it's own IF the male fitting is not inserted properly and locked in good.

So, Practice "Safe Coupling"
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:33 AM
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Bee4me, Sure glad the Wife didnt see the last line of your Post

Practice "Safe Coupling"

Gosh how is a guy to get work done .. lol

Thanks ... X
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