View Full Version : Paint Gun Advice Needed

Tom Hurlebaus
05-27-2005, 6:57 PM
I could use some advice regarding paint spray guns. I have a small project that Ive been having difficulty getting a decent smooth finish with latex black enamel. I think Im on my forth coat, with pre-sanding between each coat to remove unwanted brush strokes, etc. Per a suggestion from a fellow SMC member, I tried a product call Flotrol and this was major improvement in application and finish for most of the individual items related to this project where full brush strokes could be used.

Im on the fence as to breaking my rule of No Spray Painting In My Workshop, but I need to finish this project. Sherwin Williams doesnt carry the same paint as a spray and I need all the individual pieces to match, so I though Id page through my recent Harbor Freights catalog and see what a cheap compressor spray gun would cost. I have a small Sears compressor.

With prices ranging from $9.99 to $59.99 and terms like Adjustable Mini, Detail, HVLP, Gravity Feed, Stainless Steel Needle, Aluminum Paint Cups, Brass Nozzles, etc. and the fact that Ill be using this latex enamel, I could use some advice from members that use spray guns.

Is this the usual case of you get what you pay for or can I expect to get a least a couple of uses with respectable results ? The piece I need to finish is only about 18 x 18.

Im still somewhat undecided on whether Im going to go this spray gun route, but Im getting frustrated and need to get this project finished.


jack duren
05-27-2005, 7:07 PM
the most commonly recommended... http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=43430 ....jack

Don Baer
05-27-2005, 7:13 PM
for that small of an area and if your not going to be doing much of it, I'd go with an air brush setup. Not as much over spray to worry about. Uses less paint and easier to clean up.

Juts my opinion.

Richard Wolf
05-27-2005, 8:40 PM
If you are only going to use it once maybe a power spray like this will work. www.mohawk-finishing.com/catalog_browse.asp?ictNbr=504

Phil Phelps
05-28-2005, 8:01 AM
Thin your latex with Flotrol and water. Use a regular siphon cup gun at about 30psi. You can buy one anywhere for about fifty bucks. It will take about three coats because of the thinning. Clean the gun and use it for lacquer and shellac.