FAQ: How To Use A Hvlp Paint Sprayer?

Do you have to thin paint for a HVLP sprayer?

Latex paint is the most demanding when it comes to straining. They’re extremely viscous, so whenever you spray them with a handheld, HVLP, or small airless sprayer, you need to thin them down.

How do HVLP paint sprayers work?

HVLP sprayers have limitless control from small to large fans, and controls for spray density, from mist to heavy coat. When the trigger on the spray gun is pressed, the paint is released into the air stream, atomized, and is shot through the nozzle at the desired pressure and spread.

What pressure should I set my HVLP spray gun at?

We recommend painting between 25-30 psi while the trigger is pulled. You may see some paint tech sheets which refer to a painting air pressure of 8-10. Don’t set the spray gun to those as this measurement is referring to the air cap pressure right where the paint comes out.

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How thin should paint be for spray gun?

In general, thinning latex paint should be done at a minimum of 10% or 1 gallon of paint to quarter cup water. This is done if you are using anything besides the airless sprayer. However, if you are using an HVLP sprayer or handheld system, you might have to increase your water percentage to 20-30%.

Can you spray latex paint with an HVLP sprayer?

HVLP systems are not designed to spray heavier bodied latex paint. If you look at most professional airless paint sprayers designed for latex paint, they are actually pumps, and use no air.

What is better HVLP or LVLP?

The FPro LVLP spray gun technology atomizes difficult coatings, higher viscosities, water borne and higher flow rates better than HVLP guns. The LVLP guns applies coatings faster making them better suited for large objects and high production applications.

Is HVLP better than airless?

Vertical spraying: An HVLP is better for vertical spraying small projects than an airless, especially if you’re new to spraying. You’re far less likely to get paint runs because you’re spraying at a much lower pressure. An airless cranked up to 2,000 PSI throws a lot of paint onto the surface quickly.

What is the advantage of a HVLP spray gun?

As opposed to a conventional spray gun that uses high volume high pressure of air, HVLP saves on the pressure of air that is used. The benefit to this is that it reduces overspray which means you reduce paint waste by about 50%. The end result is that HVLP helps save money.

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How big of an air compressor do I need for a HVLP spray gun?

I usually recommend that you use a compressor that has a minimum of 60 gallon tank and produces around 13 CFM.

Is a gravity feed spray gun better?

Summary. In most cases, a gravity feed paint spray gun is the better choice thanks to its efficient and versatile design. Although HVLP is a requirement in most areas, whether or not you use an HVLP gun, gravity feed offers the advantage over conventional feed because of the lower air pressure requirement.

Why is my HVLP spray gun spitting?

“Spitting” happens when your paint gun’s nozzle is not properly screwed into place. If your paint gun is spitting or dripping paint, it is probably because the nozzle is not screwed on tightly. If you’ve checked your nozzle and find that it is screwed on tightly, you may need to purchase a new nozzle altogether.

How do I get a smooth finish with a spray gun?

Just wait till the paint is dry and lightly sand it with a fine grit sanding block to smooth it over. Paint over it again and you should be good to go! Here’s a quick video to demonstrate how I spray paint and get a flawless finish every time.

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