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Old 02-17-2004, 05:56 AM
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paint gun ?

what recommendations do you have concerning a "beginners" setup for paint gun and compressor?
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Old 02-17-2004, 06:50 AM
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To start out, I would buy about a 26-30 gallon 5-6 hp compressor. Cost about $300. As for a paint gun,,, Goto your local auto parts store and buy the cheapest "Gravity Feed" gun they have and practice with some cheap enamel paint on an old car panel or piece of metal. Play with the gun adjustments, overlaps of passes, air pressure.. You will find out what is the best wat for "YOU" to paint,, (I think everyone is different). Once you get comfortable then step up to the good stufff,,, SATA NR2000 DIGITAL GUN and begin to spray some urethane. It just takes practice.. again its not the application of the paint its the finesse of the bodywork and paint finishing that is the true show.
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Old 02-17-2004, 03:53 PM
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SATA Digital!? HA Gimme a greak dude...that is no doubt a great gun, but it is WAAAAAAY overkill for someone just getting into paint.....AND there's no way in hell that little compressor you recommended is going to keep up with that gun, NO WAY....

I would stick with that same compressor, but go for a mid-level gun to start with....I like the Binks M1-G if you want to go with HVLP. It has very low CFM for a HVLP and can take you from the beginning levels right up to pro use. Check e-bay for guns, there are some great deals out there. The Sharpe Cobalt series are nice. Even a DeVilbiss Finishline 3 would be a great beginner setup.....the only thing with those last two is that will use a lot more air...you will tax a 30-40-50 gallon compressor pretty quick.....all HVLP will use a huge amount of air, so prepare to have your compressor running alot. You might even want to start with a conventional gun first to go with a smaller comp. If you pland on gettin' into the biz, then invest in more air right from the beginning.....probably the best conventional setup would be an Iwata W-100 with that smaller compressor....That gun is a mid-size, perfect for doing bike stuff....
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Well I used a $399. compressor from Home Depot for 3 years. I also started off you a cheap gravity gun from harbor frieght. I think it was $60. I now have 4 Sata's. Give it a go and have fun.
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I used to paint cars...a loooooong time ago. I still have my Binks No. 7....probably a museum piece by now. I'd second the compressor above and the Harbor Frieght gravity gun to start. They are good guns to learn on and once you're ready to get a better gun, it can be used for primer. Or you can just hang on to it like I do and it can be a museum piece someday, too!!

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Thanks guys for all the input. I'll be doin this in a small garage behind the house. Hope to someday make somethin out of it. I realize there's a long road ahead and alot to learn but I'm willing to put the time in. Have already purchased old bike tanks and have a couple car fenders around to practice on. Just gotta dive in. Thanks again guys. Will be back with more questions....
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The sata mini jet 3 with a 1.0 tip works good. you can find them for under 200.00 dollars. You really don't need a full size gun to do bikes. You waste less material too. buy the biggest cup they have for it.
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paint guns

I want to shot some HOK black base and gold flake,what gun would you guys recomend?
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Old 07-13-2004, 04:34 PM
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what size flake?

for the black, you could use pretty much any gun.....even a cheapo from Home Depot.

Depending on the size flake, you need a pretty large nozzle size to get it through there. So you need to either buy a gun with a large nozzle or spend a lot more on a gun with interchangable needle/nozzle sizes.

Or you could check out the flakebuster gun. Size of the flake is a no brainer because this gun shoots it dry onto a wet 'glue' surface. I have an extra one if you are interested.

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Thanks for the offer. I think I would go for the course flake and mix it with the clear. More like we used to do in the late sixties.
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Old 07-13-2004, 05:47 PM
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That's the way I do it most of the time. You need a monster nozzle like a 3.0 on a primer gun.
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I got me an OLD 2.8 gun with an adjitator in the bottom. It works sick.
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brian thanks for the post awhile back about the cheap harbour freight hvlp gun. i used it on my first paint job and it turned out great. also love your work. you painted a friends redneck it looked good it was the 10 up with the blue marble and silver flames.
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Thanks Mack for the kind words about the RE paint job. You should see some of our jobs that are not dealer ones. Don't get me wrong we try to do nice stuff for our dealers because they are our back bone, but sometimes for extra cash we get a bit wild.

Happy the cheap gun worked out for.
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