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Old 04-05-2006, 08:43 PM
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will my compressor keep up?

Im planning on painting my car but am wndering if my current compressor will keep up. puts out like nine cfm at 40psi. I plan on using a HVLP gun. I can probably get my hands on a bigger compressor but am trying to avoid that if possible. Im sure I could get away using mine for primer and just wait for it to catch up but for base and clear I dont want that **** happening.


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What color are you shooting? Maybe it could be sprayed in stages. I don't think it'll keep up to your gun when doing a complete. Bob
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bullitt green or black jade.

I think ill do the primer in stages and see how it does and then from there see if i can borrow my bosses 80 gallon tank if I dont think the compressor will keep up.
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Are you talking about a bigger compressor or an extra tank? A big tank does not make a big compressor and if that tank don't have a bigger compressor attached to it then it will in all probability do more harm than good. It will add surprisingly little extra time before running out of air and then you can go eat lunch while waiting for that small pump to recharge the thing. A bigger tank only changes the on /off cycle rate it don't help a compressor that is too small keep up with an air hungry tool such as a HVLP paint gun. If buying a new compressor is not an option then you will need to rent one, borrow one or do as badbob suggested and paint in stages.
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I have read so many different compressor posts and it is amazing how many people want to do body and paint work with too small of compressor.
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Web.... one problem these days is the way compressors are sold. Everyone starting out, knows that they need a compressor, and it is a big investment. So they go shopping for one. Go into Home Depot of Lowes and look at them. They have huge tanks sitting there. Guys always want bigger, but if they don't know what they are looking for, they are lost. A large tank, doesn't mean a bigger compressor capacity. They look at the tank, and it says 80 gallon/7 HP and they think they are really getting something. In actuality, if I could find a compressor that said 2gallon/1HP and 20CFM at 125 PSI, I would buy that one. The reality is that once someone buys a compressor, they are usually stuck with it for a while, even if it is too small for what they need.

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Well im gonna try primer with my compressor and see how it does. Four years ago when i bought my tank i had no plans to paint a car, so I thought a 30 gallon compressor that puts out 6.5cfm at 90psi and 8.5 at 40psi would be more the fine for my application. Im just going to prime the car in stage but Im going to borrow a compressor with a higher CFM raiting when it comes to laying down sealer, base, and clear.

thanks for the help,

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