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Old 10-03-2007, 11:34 PM
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need some info on paint guns

well, ive bee looking around on here and found some very helpful info, but i got a question about my specific case. this is my air compressor. is there a decent, but cheap paint gun that would work with this kind of compressor?..and yea i know not to cheap out, i fully understand that. i am low on funds and i am just trying to find a good one to learn and practice on. ill be using it mostly to paint small things and body panels n stuff on my project car.
any help or advise you guys could offer would be greatly appreciated! thanx!

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Old 10-03-2007, 11:44 PM
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The link didnt work cuz sears.com was temporarily down. How many CFM does the compressor produce?
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oh, sorry about that.

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Old 10-03-2007, 11:55 PM
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Ummm, I hate to be the purveyor of bad news but, that compressor doesnt produce enough CFM to paint anything with a paint gun. Itd probably be OK for airbrushing though. You need to find a compressor that puts out at least 12-15 CFM...that ones 2.4. For body panels, one at a time, you might could get by with a little less.
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hmm, well damn. thats what i was afraid of.


oh well. so lets say i have a competant compressor. is there a decent/cheap paint gun i could get to learn on?

something like this? they have a few on their site the same style, just slightly dif needle n nozzle size
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Don't expect a $600 dollor gun paint job with it. Primers and sealers would be the only thing that I would run through it.
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That won't have enough CFM of air. But there are inexpensive paint guns that will work. Some as cheap as $50. But they to need more air volume also.
I have used guns from $700 to $29. It isn't how much you spend, that makes them work or not. In the past I only used Sata gravity feed. I have learned, others work, and some times work well.
Before you bash me, I have been a custom painter for over forty years.
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ah, well i guess all i could do is get one and try it out. this would be my first gun, just good for practice i guess. after i got used to it and got good with it i could always get a better gun and do some real painting.
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Harbor Freight has some cheap guns........but you need enough compressor to make any of them work.
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No gun can miraculously fix your lack of air issue, as already stated. I absolutely suggest/advise that you carry on as planned, start with a cheap gun (i.e. Harbor Freight). I believe if you can get it down with a low budget set-up, when you step up to the nicer stuff, you'll be amazed at how much easier it gets. At least that's my opinion, I've been doin this a long time myself, and I believe better equipment certainly does help! But, I've seen and done some nice work with minimal resources as well. Good Luck!
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