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Johnny Ray
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From: Pekin, IL
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posted 06-17-2002 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Johnny Ray   Click Here to Email Johnny Ray     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My wife gave me the money (Father's Day) to buy a paint gun so I can paint my '69 project.

What paint guns do you guys use?

Should I buy a HVLP gun?

Name brand or a Harbor Freight quality gun?

Please give me any words of wisdom!

Thanks!

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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
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posted 06-17-2002 06:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have never used the HVLP but have used and still have Harbor freight type generic guns that work great. You don't mention your compressor size. Currently, have a 2.5 hp 20 gallon compressor. Wouldn't want to have one that size for everyday use but it works for me. If your compressor can handle the HVLP would think about trying one. Stoppped painting when 2 and 3 stage paints hit the market-too toxic.

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine Toys: '70 Mustang Mach 1 - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150
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posted 06-20-2002 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have cheap guns just to lay on primer because I let the pros do the finish work.

If I was going to do it myself, those new HVLP guns are awesome. They waste less paint by having less overspray. I'd probably go for a Devilbiss or Sata.

You should check out this site, it a great source of paint info, and they sell paint guns and other supplies:

http://www.autobodystore.com/cgi-bin/config.pl?index

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 06-20-2002 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pete is right, that BC/CC is crazy stuff. Isocyanates can kill you, so don't spray it unless you buy a portable breathing apparatus set up.

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Johnny Ray
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From: Pekin, IL
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posted 06-20-2002 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Johnny Ray   Click Here to Email Johnny Ray     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys!

I was looking at a Coleman HVLP cup style gun with the regulator attached.

$119.99 at Menards.

I have a Harbor Freight here and I am going to check out what they offer.

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hotboy1966
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From: Everett, Wa. USA
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posted 07-14-2002 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hotboy1966   Click Here to Email hotboy1966     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a prehistoric Binks Model 7 for shooting color and a Sharpe 971 that I use for primer. I have used some cheapo guns that were okay. HVLP was not affordable the last time I did a full repaint, so I have no experience to offer. Rumor has it that it kicksa**. You get what you pay for.
Also, unless you can get your garage really clean you might consider paying someone else to paint your car. Dust is EVIL.
FWIW, skimping on tools is okay as long as you are prepared to deal with the results of cheap tools. For things I use all the time, I buy quality. For things I will rarely use, Harbor Freight quality is fine.

Dave

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DidgeyTrucker
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From: Nashville, TN USA
Registered: Oct 99

posted 07-14-2002 03:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FYI: HVLP stands for High Volume Low Pressure. Make sure your compressor can handle the High Volume of air required. Most small home compressors can't.
The Binks Model 7 is an excellent gun. Many companies make Binks #7 copies that will take Binks replacement parts. These are excellent gun for the home hobbiest. Do all your primer work with one of these.
Practice with the primer work. See if you think you can shoot color.
Talk to the people at the paint stores in your area. Ask about what they have that you can shoot with little trouble. And ask about filter masks. They want you to come back so they won't steer you wrong.

Tracy

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mellowyellow
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posted 07-16-2002 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Never graduated beyond a Model 7 Binks. Have had several 7 throwaways ala Harbor Freight and other places and they work good unless some a*****e leaves epoxy primer in the cup overnite! If I was going to continue with the later paints to any degree would get an HLVP system. TIP has a good unit.

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mellowyellow
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posted 07-16-2002 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A little off topic but. Always like to do non metallics. Sometimes would do the car in two segments. On a fastback, did front cap and doors. Then roof, quarters, rockers and 1/4 panel jamb. Hood and deck separately. Also, to get good results in trunk, leave tank out, shoot back of tailight panel from inside of tank cavity. HAVE A GOOD RESPIRATOR!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 07-16-2002 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not good enough to have a good gun...

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