Pro HVLP Spray Gun with 600cc Plastic Cup
If you own a compressor, there really isn't a cheaper or faster way to start spray finishing than this! This self-regulated, gravity-fed HVLP spray gun, works right off your compressor. Features a...
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• Full-sized gun with a ¼" air inlet and large capacity for big jobs
• Comes with a 1.4 mm nozzle and 600 cc plastic cup
• 28.8 - 51 psi recommended air pressure
• 4.2 - 7.1 cfm Average Air Consumption
• 7.1" - 9.8" Pattern Width at about 6"-7" from surface
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The August/September Issue #48 of Woodcraft Magazine is yours for the viewing and can be purchased at your local Woodcraft store. The front cover features a contemporary kitchen table built for a smaller kitchen in mind by Woodcraft’s senior editor, Paul Anthony. Made from cherry, this table is sized at a 30″ width x 48″ in length with a 30″ height.
I've been using conventional spray guns for 30 years. Decided to give the HVLP technology a try on a small bench/chest. Assessment: superb. The paint was a particularly thick milk paint. No thinning needed. It laid down flat and smooth. Amazingly little overspray. The ergonomics are great. The cleanup was simple. The plastic cup sheds leftover paint easily. Used with a little 1HP compressor. While it did run to keep up there was never a shortage of air at about 40psi. This gun is a very good value and I'm now a convert to HVLP.
Poorly written indtructions
This review is aimed directly to Woodcraft. I have not tried this gun yet (it may be fine), but the documentation is totally, incredibly inadequate. It is not written in proper English, the descriptions are inconsistent and incomplete, and the naming conventions are also inconsistent. There is no discussion of recommended air pressure. There is no guidance on thinning the product for best use. There is no mention of the 2mm needle kit for heavier product. Woodcraft, you may have this product subcontracted, but it is under your Wood River name; you need to vastly improve this documentation!
Already recommended to friends
Have used the spray gun to spray both water and oil based primers, sealers, and latex and acrylic enamel paint with good results. I also purchased the 2mm needle kit for spraying latex paint. A great find.
Just What I needed
A great gun for most jobs
The Woodriver Spray Gun is a great value for the money. I recommend it to anyone new to spray finishing, or to anyone who wants excellent results without spending professional level money for a spray system. I am not a professional painter, but I am a professional carpenter and cabinetmaker and have applied finish materials to every project I have ever made. I have always used a brush in the past to apply material to wood and metal, or in some cases aerosol cans. For the price, this gun beats out trying to brush on materials nearly all the time. I also like that the gun is so cheap, it is nearly disposable. The price for a gun, and 2.0mm tip is lower than buying a just a new tip for most HVLP systems. I have used this spray gun over the last 7 months to apply clear water based lacquer, white tinted water based lacquer, shellac, latex interior paint, and Minwax polyurethane. I have not tried stains of any kind. The spray gun does not come with a detailed guide for use, so I read Spray Finishing Made Simple by Jeff Jewitt. Jewitt's book is essential for a new user to use the spray gun effectively. I also purchased the 1000cc aluminum cup for extra capacity, and the 2.0mm tip for thicker finishes. Latex paint will require use of the 2.0mm spray tip. I use the 2.0mm tip more often than the standard 1.4, as it allows me to thin my water based finishes less, and they dry faster in my experience. The threaded steel base of the plastic paint cup as well as the 1000cc aluminum cup will rust. This allows for the chance that a small chunk of rust could land in your finish. I have not had any trouble yet however. The fit and finish on the gun is what you would expect for the price, but this has in no way affected the usability of the tool. I use the gun at 28-30 psi for almost all work, and bumped it up to 40 for latex paint. Anything more seemed to create more overspray and no additional atomization. When taking apart the gun for the first time, the tip was far tighter than necessary, but I was able to not damage the tip while removing it. It has since been fine with only a slight tightening when I reassemble. I have recommended this gun to family members, and they have also been pleased with their results. Overall, the advantages outweigh the faults of the gun. If you are unwilling to live with the small troubles this gun gives you, I would recommend buying a professional level system. For everyone else, there is no reason to waste any more money.
I purchased this HVLP sprayer to replace the suction HVLP sprayer I already had. It took some time to get the adjustments correct but once I had the settings good for the poly I was spraying I was very impressed. My old gun would have used 3 times the amount of material mainly due to overspray. This gun lays down such a thin coat it is almost impossible to get runs. My first project with this was a dining room table and I bet I didn't use a quart of poly and did six coats.
An excellent product
I bought this gun to aid in restaining my deck. The railing is held up by 220 2X2's and I did not want to brush them. The gun sprayed the semi-transparent stain well with the larger needle and orfice. I was able to set the fan accurately enough to cover just the 2" width and wasted very little stain.
Works With Paint Too
Spraying has brought a new facet to woodworking for me. Dye spraying gives a consistent shade to the entire surface, always difficult by hand. Shellac application without lap marks saves hours of retouching. I've even sprayed acrylic paint thinned 10% with water and using the 2mm nozzle. I recommend Jeff Jewitt's Spray Finishing Made Simple.
GREAT TOOL FOR THE MONEY
For the money it's great
I have never sprayed finish, have allways brushed in the past. This thing is great, it worked right out of the box. I sprayed Deft Lacquer without diluting and it put a beautiful finish down on my project. Made me wonder why I have been brushing all these years. Great value!
Great gun for the money
As the description says, I am an avid do-it-yourselfer, but one who really likes nice tools. I own a wonderful Sata RP gun which spays clears flawlessly. However, I was hesitant to even attempt water based paints through the 1.2mm tips. A larger tip and air cap is more than what I paid for both the standard and mini guns, along with the 2.0 kit. And, I must say the gun is very well made and sprays well once the paint has been properly thinned. The only comments that would be negative is that, even though completely blowing out the gun, the body appears to be rusting on the inside. I pulled out the small filter (nice touch) and the bottom was discolored and rust stained. I am aware that better quality, and much more expensive guns, have stainless or aluminum bodies, but apparently this one does not. I have decided to not replace the filter until the unit is completely dry, but a bit more chroming may have solved this issue. All in all this gun is worth the money despite the minor defect and I would buy it again.
I used this to spray cabinets in General's Milk paint. The finish was great (I used the advised 20% thin). My compressor however worked overtime for a long period. The tip was very tight to remove for cleaning but once it was out - very easy to clean. For a beginner , this is great.
Very good tool for the price
This spray gun is a great tool for the price point!!!!!
Awesome Spray Gun
This Spray Gun is unbelievable! The quality is awesome! It arrive in perfect shape, all the control knobs work smoothly. Easy to adjust the spray pattern.
Great Gun for the price.
I wanted to post a followup since I have used the gun a bunch more since my earlier review. I still believe it is a tremendous value for the money. It does a very good job atomizing waterbased clears. I just finished spraying some Hydrocote Restisthane with it and it came out very well. It doesn't do as great a job as a gun that cost more than 8 times as much, but it is pretty close which is impressive. Minor cons are that everything is tightened far too much at the factory, and it was very hard to get the air baffle ( which sits behind the air cap off) though it isn't something you do very often. The check valve is too tight on my guns ( I bought a second one because I thought it was such a great value ) and I have not been able to loosen the check valve on either - you access the valve from the front of the gun after you take off the air baffle, but the special wrench they give you just slips on the check valve on both guns. Again, it isn't a deal killer since the gun still works well, and no drips. The gun is pretty easy to clean, and if you want to step your toe in the water, this is a great way to start spray finishing if you already have a compressor. I have attached a photo showing the air caps from An Asturo Eco ( the black cap) an Astro ( which is an $80 gun) and the Woodriver, and you can see the holes near the center hole on the Woodriver are not as fine as the Asturo, but are finer than the Astro which is a sign of quality.
Good value for $
I sprayed with this gun several times with both water borne poly and oil based poly. Both times gave very nice, smooth results. You don't need a large sized compressor to run this unit. 6 Gal or 8 gal is sufficient. I had to wait several minutes on several occasions for the compressor to catch up when I was spraying a very large cabinet, but the spray gun worked well. Good value for the price. Cons: Doesn't work to well for small confined areas/boxes due to the size of the cup hindering access in small boxes/corners. Also this gun is an overkill for small jewelery boxes. I guess that's what the woodriver small detail gun is for, which will be my next purchase.
Pretty good stuff
I have only used it for a few minutes, but I am very impressed. I sprayed some waterbased lacquer, and the test patterns on cardboard came out very well, nearly as good as a gun I paid over $300 for. The machining looks like pretty good work, and the adjustments seem to work okay. Well worth the price.
WoodRiver Pro HVLP Spray Gun with 1000cc
it works well with thinner base fluids, didn't work well with water based latex paints or primers even when using a latex paint conditioner / reducer, at recommended pressure and with the 2.0 needle. at higher pressure, I only got a narrow fan but left a smooth coat. There should be more info in the instruction on the proper pressure settings for different mediums, (ie): clear poly, paint, stains, etc. but over all its a nice gun
Well worth the $
well worth the money for this gun.
Very good sprayer for the money
This worked very well with clear finishes. This did not work well with paint, not even thinned out paint.