Just saw this -- turbine HVLP?
What the heck is this all about? I have an HVLP gun that I use with a
compressor but never heard of a turbine.
Can someone give me the lowdown on it?
Plus positives and negatives?
Been around for years. It's a self contained unit. The turbine works
like a squirrel cage blower and creates the pressure the gun requires.
Pos. - Self contained unit, don't need a compressor or filters to keep
oil out. No wait for the compressor to catch up. No special wiring, most
plug into a 110 line.
Neg. - Self contained unit, usually the hoses are not that long and are
bulky. You need to figure out a way to get clean air to the turbine to
avoid problems. Many use a non standard gun design. Parts can be very
I have one of the lower end models. Works ok for the most part. I don't
use it for auto work though. I painted the interior of the shop, and
some house walls with it.
That's one of the better ones. We had an 800 in the old shop, mainly
used it for texture work.
The 8 also has a small compressor that fed the pressure pot.
Yours the 2 quart or the 2 gallon?
Graco still stocks the housing filters and most of the parts.
What are you asking for it?
That's the TRUE HVLP system, what you have is what's called a
conversion gun. I've got one of those, too, it's got more overspray
and bounce-back than the true turbine-powered guys. Think of a vacuum
cleaner hooked up backwards, that's the "turbine" and the hose is
about the same size, think inches of water for pressure, not PSI. The
spray droplets are wafted out in more of a cloud than a high-speed
pattern. I've tried them at woodworking shows, way more than I wanted
to pay at the time for what little I was using a spray gun on wood
projects. They were somewhat limited as to what coatings you could
spray at the time, but had about the same control as an airbrush only
the pattern was a lot larger. The demonstrator was drawing letters on
his easel with it. The conversion gun works, but doesn't have quite
as sharp a pattern. HF now has a turbine-powered HVLP system for
cheap, don't know how well it works, though. Was thinking of using
one of my 20% off coupons some time when I had spare change and a
turbine-shaped hole on the shelf.