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Off topic for most car related subjects but I tried an el cheapo paint gun today and could not believe the excellent results. Can't seem to post the link here but it is just Harbor Freight's p/n 47016. Only $16 !!!

We bought the little bugger down in Cocoa Beach last year some time and it's been just sitting till now. I had a different type of HVLP paint sprayer with it's own built in compressor also from HF but could not easily get consistent results. 

Anyway, it's time to start painting airplane parts and I'm painting the fabric and aluminum bits bits with readily available Behr semi-gloss exterior enamel paint and primer in one. I bought the Canuck equivalent of Floetrol ( called Latex extender  up here ) and proceeded with a 4-1 ratio. Hooked up a small pressure regulator to the gun and kept everything at 30-35 psi. I cleaned the gun right out of the box as recommended and adjusted the gun's air and liquid flow taps on it as recommended by some expert on youtube last night combined with info on the mfg's instructions. 

I'm not suggesting this will provide "Speedster / Spyder" body paint quality results but for odd jobs around the house...painting garage doors, man doors, general stuff around the house etc. this tool provides excellent results for next to nothing $$$ investment. 

David Stroud

 '92 IM Roadster D 2.3 L Air Cooled

Ottawa, Canada


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I looked on the site and someone commented :  

"Bought this gun on sale for $34. If you clean this gun and put teflon tape on the threads of the cup, it will do an excellent job. I sprayed 3 coats of base and 3 coats of clear on a new bumper cover that I prepared properly and it came out like a professional job. Just a small bit of light orange peel in one area but this was my first time ever shooting paint and the clear was not applied wet enough in that small area. I have a regulator on my compressor but I feel that the pressure gauge at the gun that comes with it is a must because of the pressure drop that occurs between the compressor and the gun."

I also opted to put a regulator right at the gun and it works. Don't know if the reg on the tank alone would suffice. Most opinions say put one at the gun and for about $15 I don't think you can go wrong. 

Ray...we're heading to Fla around Feb 15th and will be back around March 8th or so. All travel dates are weather regulated so a little bit vague. Need to get the trailer out of the hangar and over to my house soon so it doesn't get snowed in. 

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