I've been looking to buy a paint gun system so I can start learning how paint and do my first DIY paint job on my cj7 and then eventually on my xj. I've decided to try and do the paint myself since I'm a college student and I can't afford to get my 2 jeeps professionally painted.
I found a DUX gravity feed paint gun system on craigslist for $400. I have tried to research as much as possible online about this gun but I can't find any reviews or much information on the gun. Do y'all have any experience using this gun, opinions, or recommendations? Any help is greatly appreciated.
I've been looking to buy a paint gun system so I can start learning how paint and do my first DIY paint job on my cj7 and then eventually on my xj. I've decided to try and do the paint myself since I'm a college student and I can't afford to get my 2 jeeps professionally painted. I found a DUX gravity feed paint gun system on craigslist for $400. I have tried to research as much as possible online about this gun but I can't find any reviews or much information on the gun. Do y'all have any experience using this gun, opinions, or recommendations? Any help is greatly appreciated.
You can get a decent Paint gun set for much less at Harbor Freight. You will need a decent compressor. Also, put a filter on your gun to draw water out of the line.
I painted my sports car with one of these and nobody can believe I did it myself. Turned out great.
I will also give my opinion. If it was that good of a system it would be more popular. A cheap HVLP gun at 100 or less to a real good one 175 and up is a more realistic choice. Also a good compressor around 3HP to provide an ample supply of air will also be needed.
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I have been painting automobiles for 30 years and I have used every gun known to man. I recently decided to try out the 3M Accuspray system.
It cost me $185 to get started, and you do have to buy liners for the cups as they are consumables. The is the only con I can find. I have not used it yet as I just got it.
According to reviews the amount of paint and overspray is greatly reduced even over conventional HVLP systems. The major selling point for me is the reduced cleanup time and material usage. Watch a youtube video on cleaning. Two minutes and your done.
Other fine points are that you can get three different cup sizes, plus you can paint upside down. You also use every bit of material and the liner compresses line a disposable baby bottle.
Atomization is touted as greatly improved. This means a smoother finish be it top coat or primer. Less sanding is a result on primers or intermediate coats. There are three tip sizes. 1.3mm, 1.4mm, and 1.8mm. The tips are disposable as well but can be used until you start to see degradation.
I have used el cheapo guns with great success but I also have used $500 guns with great success as well. The side note here is that a $500 gun is only as good as it's last cleaning.
Good luck to you and don't be afraid to try.
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Thanks for everyone's replies/help. I wasn't sure about what compressor to get either. I've had a hard time finding a 120V compressor that can handle the scfm requirements of an HVLP gun. Most of the good compressors are 240V.
The highest scfm rated 120V compressor that I've have found so far is a craftsman 6hp 30 gallon compressor on Craigslist that can handle 8.6 scfm. But I've also read online that you can't adequately run a 6hp compressor on 120V, is this true? Do y'all know of any other 120V compressors that would work or opinions on the one mentioned?
I would prefer to not get a harbor freight gun. I don't mind spending a little more for a gun that will improve my chances of ending up with a quality paint job. I know my inexperience is going to lead to some mistakes, I would just like to try to minimize those mistakes or quality issues by not using the cheapest equipment possible (harbor freight).
Will the 3M or Sharpe gun be capable of laying down all types of paint (primer, base, and clear).
I use this one and have painted probably 60 cars with it. A belt drive is almost mandatory but you sure dont need a monster compressor just to paint. http://www.lowes.com/pd_268707-1126-...d=3824207&pl=1
One thing to remember on a HVLP gun Max pressure on inlet for the Sharpe is 29 PSI so when comparing SCFM at 40 and 90 - that is way more air than you will be using. I have used even smaller compressors with no problem - the oilless ones do suck tho. I will say it will run air tools too however it is a bit weak in that so I have swithced to all Milwaukee cordless which beat any air tool Ive ever owned. Im thinking back - first car I ever painted was using a Sears Tankless 1/2 horse kit that came with a gun. I drove to prom with the paint still not completely cured hahaha It DID NOT produce probably 2 CFM