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Old 07-02-2006, 11:39 AM
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TP HVLP Turbine system

Hi, I learn so much from all you guy's. I wonder if anyone uses a TP. "Showtime" Turbine paint system. I bought mine about 3 years ago and when it came I tried it out. My first paint work with it came out good, but still I was hooked on my old Devilbiss JGA from the early 80's and my compresor. So the Showtime unit was just stored in the garage for a long time. It got to the point where my wife complained every time I went to the paint store about the $500 ( at that time ) more now I think, that I spent on as she called it that paint thing So I did finally start playing around with the thing and I admit, that I just did my neighbors 94 LeSabre in the most generic cheapest enamel he could find and honestly this thing is GREAT. I wonder now why I haven't been spraying with it. It is HVLP and I have less than half the mist when I paint in my garage and it supplys heated dry air leaving no worrys about condensation in air lines or any of that stuff. I set it outside and it sounds quieter that a shop vac. I know some of you are laughing about these things, but I'd love to invite you to shoot a coat with this thing and then decide. The heated air makes you mostly use slow to medium slow reducers and this gun is very high quality. TP. has alot of cool stuff and you can read about the Showtime paint system on their website www.tptools.com They have a really nice informative site.

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I have wondered about those things but then I was not up for a bunch of money for an experiment..at least not that much..Makes sense to me as that woudl help with the compressor issue for a lot of fellows..

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Yep, this thing is really nice, makes me feel bad about not using it for so long. It totally eliminates the worries about air line moisture and I don't really understand the theory with the heated air thing, but it does work! After shooting a coat you can feel how warm the hose is, but even the papers that came with it recommend using slow reducers. I don't have a compressor that will supply any HVLP gun made so after 25 years of using conventional suction feed guns ( I still love my old Devilbiss ) I almost had to learn to spray all over again. I don't know if you spray HVLP but its completely different. The technique and gun distance is the same, but you move alot slower. It is really hard to make yourself spray slow if you learned the old way because you feel like your gonna get runs! But it comes to you after awhile. HVLP is great because the garage is not completely misted in a cloud of paint, I'd say it makes about half the over-spray. It seems like alot less paint consumption too, like what would have needed a gallon can maybe be done with 3 quarts. I think Eastwood makes or did make one of these systems too.
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