by Robert W. Lang
I first became aware of High-Volume Low-Pressure (HVLP) systems about 20 years ago. At the time, it seemed like a great idea – reduce overspray and eliminate the need for a massive air compressor chugging away. Since then, I’ve tried several HVLP guns and systems, but the performance never quite matched that of a compressor-based spray gun, or there were deal-killers such as excessive price, noise or heat.
I became a convert to HVLP this summer when I spent a weekend spraying several pieces of furniture with shellac using the SprayPort 6003 system from the British manufacturer Earlex. The power unit is compact, light and powerful, and the 25′ hose is flexible and easy to manage.
Inside the black box is a 1,200 watt, three-stage turbine that delivers 5.5 pounds per square inch of pressure to the gun. That’s not the most powerful turbine on the market, but it’s certainly enough power to deliver most furniture finishes efficiently and effectively.
The system price of about $550 is a real opportunity to step up to a quality spray finishing system for less money than a good conventional gun plus the compressor to power it.
Web site: earlex.com
From the December 2014 issue, #215