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Old 06-11-2007, 07:16 PM
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Paint gun question, (Beginner)

E-bay has many spray guns to choose from $300.00 to $20.00! What is the difference between them? One says only uses 10cfm, and of course its $300.00! Do the better guns use less air to shoot better? Man I'm confused, Dana (set me straight!

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Old 06-11-2007, 11:35 PM
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The HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) guns are a better gun
than Gravity Feed guns. But both are better than Siphon guns.

I use a Devilbis gun for all my finish work. I have cheaper guns for primers. I think I am one of the few painters left that still uses lacquer primer. I keep it in a siphon gun all the time. The only time I clean that gun is when I'm through with a project.

The cheaper guns don't last long, but can be a good buy for a single project.

Frank
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This is like asking if a more expensive car is better,
it can be, but not always the case.
There are so many variables in spray guns that everyone has a different
preference. It's just to subjective to tie down.
There are a handful of guns that most will consider the best.
Most any gun out there can spray a good enough finish.
The better guns do it easier and better.
But with any decent gun, the one you use the most and get comfortable
with is the one that sprays the best.
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Old 06-12-2007, 05:51 AM
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There are some fairly good cheap guns and some real garbage. Many of the guns on Evilbay are Chinese knockoffs of brand name guns and again, some OK and others that are about as usefull as a garden hose nozzle.

The first thing you have to do is become familiar with some of the terms - siphon feed, gravity feed, hvlp, lvlp and so on.

Next, you have to know what your compressor will support. Many of the smaller compressors will not support a high CFM gun.

Then, get familiar with brand names - Sata, Iwata, Sharpe, Devillbiss, Astro and so on.

Do a search here - there is a lot of excellant information available - from cheapies to top of the line.

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What Ireland's Child said. Spend at least 2-3 hours (more like 2-3 days, lol) searching previous posts to learn the terms, the heirarchy of guns and opinions. There are dozens and dozens of paint gun posts here and at autobody101.com and autobodystore.com

There is a fair amount to learn so that you don't waste your money making bad purchases.

First though, you need to start with your compressor and what you plan to do. The size of your compressor will determine what guns you can use and how much painting you plan to do will justify how much you should spend.
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Thanks for the info, I will go to school on this and learn all I can, And Shoot the Truck and go man I stink, lol, thanks again, Dana
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You might try a search on the Harbor Freight Purple Gun on here, I think it's model #43430. After doing some reading on it, I decided it fit my budget and then I found These setup instructions for it which really helped me with some starting points.

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spray gun

hi,i also have a harbor freight purple gun,HVLP,it sprays primer fantastic. i havent used it for top coat,but at under $50.00 its great.
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Don't know if it's still up or not but HF had a coupon for that 43430 "Purple gun" for $29.95 a couple of days ago.
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most all cheap guns spray like cheap gun there are ok for primer but i have used them for painting solid colors and its ok but for metallic colors and clear coat you will need a good gun or you may have spots or streaks in the metallic
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Thanks guys for all the info, Dana!
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been squirtin auto's for 14 years in the collision biz. ive tryed most all popular brands . sharp and devil bus are made in usa but not all that great the best guns are made in germany not japan or china, astro, atd and so on. hvlp guns they work for something but i have no use for them. i have several sata jet RP2000. fluid tip is a 1.3 and it makes painting easier. ive alway said my quality didnt come from my skill but from my sata. people around me say differant. the jap guns are based on the sata NR95. if you are only lookin to spray one job which if it turns out good you know all your buddys need paint too. seems kinda crazy to take all the time and effort for one spray. spend your money wisely and get a sata it will save you alot of headach but not cash. so start chargin your buddys for spayin there cars.
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My buddy has a sata nr 2000 hlvp with a 1.4 tip and a sata rp2000 compliant with a 1.3 tip. he uses the nr for primer , I bought the rp 1.3
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BIG difference between "Jap" guns,namely Iwata
and "Chinese" guns namely Harbor Freight and other knockoffs.
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