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Thread: Review of My New HVLP "Touch-Up" Gun

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    Review of My New HVLP "Touch-Up" Gun

    I have, and absolutely love, my Earlex 5500 HVLP system. But... Sometimes I want to spray something smaller without dragging out the turbine, hose, gun, quart sized can, and hooking it all up. Also, sometimes the parts I want to spray are small enough that the 5500's turbine would just blow them away.

    So, I wanted to get something smaller. I've tried airbrushes, but never could quite get the knack. Plus I think they're just too small.

    I started looking around and found these "touch-up" guns. I found two basic styles; one looks like some kind of overhand gun, while the other style look more conventional with a gravity feed cup. I decided on the conventional style.

    I got this one on Amazon. It's called the Tool Force HVLP Touch Up Spray Gun. It had great reviews and it was only $22.86 so with my Amazon Prime membership shipping was free. I figured what the heck.

    Well out of the box it looked pretty darn good. It has a 1mm nozzle so it's perfect for spraying shellac and waterborne poly. Even though it does have an adjustment knob for air flow, I did add an adjuster with a gauge. I filled it with some 1lb cut shellac and test sprayed it on a piece of cardboard. I got it all dialed in very easily. Then I took the plunge and sprayed a small jewelry box I'm making.

    I have to say that I am very impressed. It laid down a very nice even finish. And it cleaned up in a snap. I'm sold!! I was concerned because I only have little pancake compressor, but it turned out to not even be an issue.

    I highly recommend!

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    "I've cut the dang thing three times and it's STILL too darn short"
    Name withheld to protect the guilty

    Stew Hagerty

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    Menards sells that same one under the "Tool Shop" brand, for about $30.

    I got it at Menards because I needed one quickly.

    I agree it is awesome.

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    Which gauge did you buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Gottlieb View Post
    Which gauge did you buy?
    I got a 3M Accuspray #16573. Although, since the gun does have its own built-in adjuster, I found that I really wouldn't have needed it.

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