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Old 10-08-2006, 08:04 PM
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Which paint gun?

I need a pait gun to spray medium sized areas. Bumpers, doors, fenders. I NEVER plan on spraying a whole car, i just want to be able to spray whenever i replace or upgrade a body part.

Are certain brands better than others?
What accessories will i need? I know a small booth, im referring to airgun pieces.

Do i need one of those contraptions placed before the gun to collect any water in the lines?

Do i need a NEW press control valve before the gun? I have an old kind of dirty one.

Do i need a gravity feed gun? I need something that will do nice quality even though it is for small jobs
My spray gun is so old that it sprays when it wants.

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Don't want to sound like a smart a%$, but do a search of this forum, there has been volumes of discussion on this subject. One of the best guns going for the home hobbyist is the Harbor Freight 43430 HVLP gun. HF has a standard gravity feed non HVLP gun that looks just like it that sells for about $15 on sale. Do not be fooled by it, the 43430 gun is the one you want. Check out the url at the bottom of my sig and look at the posts for what this cheap gun can do.

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I agree with the 43430 "purple" gun it does a great job and will not cost a lot. It is however an air hog so you will need at least a 10-12 CFM compressor.
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Sorry for the repost then.
One thing that is kind of contradictor to what i keep hearing on these boards, the HF stuff is crap and now i am hearing it is good!
What about the "you get what you pay for" mentality that everyone has on here?

Just to confirm, this is the gun you are referring to:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=43430

its seems liek it has everything need. I am going to need to match the factory paint job or at least come very very close to it, so i am trying to be as precises as possible.
When you do an entire repaint and have the same texture in way the paint was laid it is alot different then when you have to paint a part that matches up to the factory paint job.

By the way, the car is a 2006 so it is not a hotrod with original paint.
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Most of what HF has is garbage, but the 43430 gun is a bargain. It will not last long in a production environment but will serve a hobbyist quite well.

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Harbor Freight has some good stuff but a lot of crap also. The 43430 gun works really well and is decent quality but not top notch as far as finish on the gun itself. A few items like 43430 can be a bargain but a lot of stuff such as the cheaper guns they sell are not so good and some things, such as drill bits for example, would be a bad deal if they were free and not even worth the effort to carry them home.
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On the not to expensive end you could go with a FX100 from sharpe.

If your looking for a best of breed type Jamb gun then go with the
Devilbiss SRI.

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HF 43430 may be history

I think the current design HF 43430 purple gun is history !!!

The local store didn't have any a couple weeks ago and the manager was not sure if this particular gun would ever be restocked. But then I'm not overly impressed by their help either in this 4% unemployment area.

Mine - it may be the dog of a batch - but am working with it and am finally starting to get fair results w/SPI epoxy. And within 10 minutes will be cranking it up one more time.

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"If" your planning on doing very much "correct" painting,Do yourself a BIG favor a buy a GOOD gun. Iwata or Sata.
The Finex 100 is a POS too as it will NOT take much use before it starts giving you problems, I know, I've had 2.
I picked up a Sata Minijet 3 SR for CHEAP and never looked back.
I have an older Purple gun and IMO does a diecent job for the price but there is NO comparison to a Sata or Iwata.
"If" your going to guarantee this work, Get a GOOD gun.
The small price you pay for a GOOD gun will PAY for itself shortly by NOT having to repaint something shot from a CHEAP gun.
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On the not to expensive end you could go with a FX100 from sharpe.

If your looking for a best of breed type Jamb gun then go with the
Devilbiss SRI.

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How does this sharpe compare with the HP gun and the sata gun mentioned above.

I found the fx100 brand new for $75 but if it is not really much better or doesnt last much longer than the HF gun, it will be a waste of money.
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The Finex is pretty good for the money. I read the posts that some say that it
does not hold up ??? . I had not seen a quality problem with the gun.

The SRI from devilbiss is a great mini gun. It offers good atomization and pretty
low overspray with a wide fan. It does not consume much air ! and spare parts
are easy to obtain.

I would not purchase the HF gun. For a few $$ more the sharpe is a better choice in this pricing range. The thing is if you have a problem with the sharpe
well you can call sharpe here in the USA.

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The 43430 gun is being discontinued!
That's why Irelands child couldn't find it in his store. Around here it's still available. I've found [essentially] the same gun, same air cap, but different color, at an Ebay store.
Check it out. It's a better deal @ ~$50.
It has the same 1.4 air cap which is the most important feature and a 2.0 tip and needle and air cap .
Search for " HVLP SPRAYER PRIMER GUN GAUGE 1.4 & 2.0 NOZZLE GRAVITY " at Unlimited Toolz.

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I'd like to know where people keep hearing that the 43430 gun is being discontinued from. I just checked their site and it says nothing about it. We have a brand new store here, and they have a shelf full of them. Would think if they were being discontinued, it would say so somewhere.

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I bought one of those a couple of weeks ago at a local store who sells the same stuff as Harbor and it's basically as you said the "Purple" gun. I picked it up for a new primer gun which it does a good job of. I paid $36.00 for it though. IMO it's actually a little better gun but still has the painted on "oxidized" finish which WILL come off with thinner,so clean the paint area INSIDE the gun,between the cup and nozzle,or you will get a surprise in one of your spray rounds.
I'll argue the Sharp point all day with ya.
They WON'T last.....
I've torn mine down enough times to know. First thing is the packing around the air valve starts leaking,Then, it won't shut the air off.
Needle packing starts leaking,needle sticks,etc.....
Then,the tiny air holes in the nozzle continually need cleaning even though you clean the gun well after use.
Then, You start having pattern problems which is from who knows what.
Buy your "kit's" and after a short while you got the cost of a Sata or Iwata or Devilbliss spent on a worthless gun.
I am ALL about cheap but I've LEARNED my LESSON about paint guns fellows.
For "hobby" painters,they are great but "if" you paint regular or require a superior quality finish you'll find out the good guns are worth the price.
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[QUOTE=scrot]The 43430 gun is being discontinued!
That's why Irelands child couldn't find it in his store. Around here it's still available. I've found the same gun, different color, at an Ebay store.
Check it out. It's a better deal @ ~$50.
It has a 1.4 tip [U]and a 2.0 tip and needle and air cap QUOTE]

That is not the same gun, I am willing to bet. It looks like the other purple gun that HF sells that is a conventional gravity gun with "H827" on the side.

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