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Hvlp Gun, Stick With Hf Or Get Something Better?

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by teletech, Aug 13, 2019 at 7:03 AM.

  1. Aug 13, 2019 at 7:03 AM
    teletech

    teletech Member

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    It doesn't take long on any given gearhead forum for someone to mention that the Harbor Freight HVLP guns are super cheap and do a surprisingly good job considering the price paid. Fair enough, I'm all for saving a buck and as someone with a history of gumming up cheap spray guns I appreciate the fact if the gun gets nasty I could just chuck it as well.
    That said, with decent automotive paint running $120 for a PINT, it would take very little time indeed to make it cost-effective getting a better gun in order to improve transfer efficiency or elevate my novice technique from sand and recoat to good-enough for a Jeep.
    With that in mind, what do folks here do when moving up?
    Is there a rig that will make me a better and more efficient painter that can be had on the cheap?
    Is it worth buying a top-shelf gun or would I have to be a good painter to actually appreciate the difference?

    If it matters, I've been playing with DuPont Chroma-base / Nason Full-Base but I'm also making the switch to PPG Concept/Deltron, or at least trying to.
     
  2. Aug 13, 2019 at 9:01 AM
    47v6

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    I run a binks 2 gallon pressure pot witha a binks model 2000 gun. It’s old school but you can paint upside down.
     
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  3. Aug 13, 2019 at 9:08 AM
    teletech

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    I can see the appeal for larger jobs but I should have specified that I'm doing many small batches for now so something easy to clean with the least paint used just getting the inside of the rig wet is desirable.
     
  4. Aug 13, 2019 at 11:32 AM
    ITLKSEZ

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    Those HF cheapies are hard to beat. Give them dry air, spend some time fine-tuning the pattern and pressures, and I’d put them up against almost anything. Do yourself a favor and buy two. Every time I’ve gotten one, it’s different than all the rest I’ve bought in the past, and parts don’t interchange. Buy a spare for parts. The seals eventually go bad and the cup will get egg-shaped if overtightened and lose it’s seal.

    I used them for about 10 years spraying lacquer on cabinetry until I finally upgraded to a Fuji unit. The Fuji is wonderful, but I do this stuff for a living. I still use the HF gun for small jobs, poly, or waterborne finishes; when I don’t want to mess up my good gun.
     
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  5. Aug 13, 2019 at 12:02 PM
    47v6

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    I second this!
     
  6. Aug 13, 2019 at 12:54 PM
    Dave Deyton

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    Have 5 or 6 of the HF HVLP's around the shop. Had one to have the cup crack. Bought a bunch of these when they were on sale.
    Have done some decent paint jobs with them. Got a Delvibiss Finish Line HVLP, I've never taken out of the box. I suppose if I need to spray something other than OD Green and trail Jeeps, I might try it. So far the HF's have done well.
    I've found no need for the better spray gun.

    I am however waiting for the laser lever that was supposed to come with that spray gun from the paint store.
    10 years, haven't seen it.:rofl:



    Dave
     
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  7. Aug 13, 2019 at 3:46 PM
    jjdebarros

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    Used the HF gun for sealer and primer. Worked flawlessly!
    Switched to the Devilbiss Finish Line for base and clear only because I own one.
     
  8. Aug 13, 2019 at 4:19 PM
    53A1

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    Many coats of OD Green and red primer sprayed with one. No runs and no complaints and I was laying aggressive coats. That was my first paint job and I think it turned out great for what it is. Can't comment on spraying gloss paint or anything else. I bought a couple when they were on sale and they were very inexpensive so if you mess it up or can't get it clean, toss it or use for parts.
     
  9. Aug 13, 2019 at 6:34 PM
    Keys5a

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    The HF hvlp guns are hard to beat. I bought my first one as a disposable epoxy gun, and it sprayed so nice, I took my time cleaning it. I still have it at least 8-9 years later. I've bought 3 or 4 more just to have around. They can be had for less than$10 when on sale or with a coupon. The old ones could be had with a couple tip sizes, but that went away years back. I still have one with the big tip for heavy primer.
    I still have my conventional Binks model 7 and model 69 guns, but haven't used them for a couple years.
    -Donny
     
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  10. Aug 13, 2019 at 6:53 PM
    Dave Deyton

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    My old Binks 7 and Sharpe guns are wall ornaments now.
    Won't go back to siphon fed guns.


    Dave
     
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