April 3rd, 2009, 11:01 PM
Anyone know where to buy a budget spray gun (HVLP) in Canada? Also if so, what settings do you set your gun at?
Thanks in advance... The can of Target coatings has been sitting on my bench for 2 months and want to get busy!
April 4th, 2009, 03:03 PM
Princess Auto. Barlow and Deerfoot or there abouts in the south. They have touch up guns that are pretty reasonable, MartyB1 uses a little touch up gun from PA - it's not HVLP but I think it only requires around 20 CFM.
April 4th, 2009, 06:44 PM
Can you get Prevals in Canada? Most auto parts stores here sell them for about $5 for a cannister of propellant and the paint jar. They work great with any type of paint.
April 11th, 2009, 11:45 PM
HVLP "conversion" guns will need a sizeable compressor to work properly, but assuming you have enough air then the gravity-fed pro guns are a pleasure to use. For guitars you can get away with the Porter Cable detail gun (available in regular and air-hogging HVLP versions). If you have not invested in a large compressor, then take a good look at the range of HVLP turbine kits which provide a fairly decent 1 quart cup gun with a hose and a turbine (basically three or four vacuum motor fans stacked together). There's a budget version on the woodworking catalogs (can't remember the name, try a search for turbine HVLP), then the Campbell Hausfeld with a plastic handled gun that works nicely. The Wagner/Capspray is great, lots of adjustments on the gun and fan pattern like the pro models and it's a non-bleeder; I think mine was in the neighborhood of $600 US a few years ago. Then you get up into the Apollo and Fuji price range from there.
With Target coatings you get away with the standard needle/nozzle setup (no need for a larger nozzle like you would for latex paint). If you spray dye or shellac, you'll want a smaller tip set. On my Porter Cable detail gun I use the 1.2 mm tip for EM8800, USL, Hybrivar, EM9300, and SC9000 (all Target products) and 0.8 mm for shellac. On the Wagner I use the regular sized tip. Don't be put off by the fact that they put the same Wagner brand name on those crap piston sprayers they advertise on TV; the turbine kit is a good quality product for less money than Apollo or Fuji.
Once you've cleaned out a spraygun in the sink with warm soapy water instead of lacquer thinner, you won't want to go back.