||04-18-2009 03:55 PM
Spraying with HVLP
After reading alot of good reviews I bought a HVLP conversion gun that I will use with my compressor. Have wanted a true HVLP for a while to stain trim and what not. I don't like to stain and poly with a brush, not the best looking finish and takes a long time. Only thing that stopped me from getting a true HVLP was the price tag. So I decided to try this gun out since it has alot of good reviews from woodworking magazines and some paint stores and alot of users of it. Hopefully it works good. Here is a link to the gun http://www.gleempaint.com/hvcongunnew.html
Now I'm trying to learn as much as I can about using this thing while I wait for it to get here. I have a titan airless that I have used for painting my walls and other things so I have some experience with airless. Guess the main thing I don't know about is the thinning of stains/paints/polyeurathanes and other things. The first project for this gun will be to spray sherwin williams prepright oil based primer on my kitchen cabinet doors and then sherwin williams pro classic oil based off white topcoat. Do I need to thin these with mineral spirits and if so how much? Also should I use penetrol in addition to thinning the paint with mineral spirits?
And any other tips for spraying with an HVLP? I have read that I should set the regulator on my compressor to about 70 PSI and the regulator on the gun to 7-9 PSI, does this sound right? Thanks for any help with this new experience, Scott