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Old 12-15-2004, 11:31 AM   #1
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Question about Compressors and HVLP Spray Guns

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I know this isn't the best location for this, however I know Jeremy would be hanging out here.

I am thinking about getting a Campbell Hausfeld 2-hp, 4-gallon Air Compressor (on sale at Canadian Tire) and would like to know if the HVLP spray guns will work on it? From my limited research on the net it seems that the HVLP guns are sold with a "turbine" type compressor. I know CT does sell a "touch up" gravity feed gun, which may be good for doing the deck but may not be good for doing fine camouflage work. I could be totally wrong so any and all insights would be appreciated.

I do have a small badger air brush with compressor that I got from the local art supply store 5 years ago I just thought I would upgrade.
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I doubt the small compressor will feed a true HVLP gun (full size). I spray furniture for a living (lacquers, stains, etc) and am currently using DeVilbiss and Graco HVLP systems (pressure fed).

Remember the HV in HVLP means "high volume" - of air that is, the paint material is atomised with a high volume of lower pressure (10psi) air than in a traditional gun where high pressure air (35 to 65 psi) is used.

The HVLP guns (talking the non-turbine ones) need a compressor that can supply usually about 10 to 14 scfm. I doubt the smaller compressors will provide a steady 3 or 4... you may be able to spray but not for long and the compressor will be running steady.

If you are talking about a touch up gun that will use a lot less air.

The best thing is to choose a GUN FIRST and get the necessary compressor to run it (the gun tech literature will say what cubic feet per minute needed to spray).

Many mistakenly buy a small compressor and then realise it is not enough volume of air to runan HVLP gun.

Just my advice/opinion...
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