What is the difference between airless paint sprayers and HVLP paint
I am completely renovating a house and plan to re-texture the ceilings
and walls with orange peel, prime and paint everything AND refinish
the oak cabinetry. I was planning to use a Graco Airless unit from
Home Depot for this.
Is HVLP the same thing as using my air compressor with a spray gun?
Should I get both types?
Airless units are paint pumps and ideal for large volume interior and
exterior latex jobs. Expect to pay real money for one that will give an
excellent finish. Considering the amout of product you can put through one
in a day, consider renting those same good sprayers for your project. I
wouldn't use anything else for large latex jobs. Cleanups are pretty quick.
HVLP spray guns can be either turbine or conversion type. The main
difference from standard air driven spray equipment is the reduced overspray
(and the lower fumes & product cost). There are a number of decent complete
setup turbine units for small money out there. Fuji comes to mind, but you
should look at homesteadfinishing.com for recent info. The conversion HVLP
guns run off air compressors, best results are with 10+ CFM compressors, but
some guns seem to do well on less.
I use an Accuspray turbine gun on a Capspray turbine. I get excellent
results with slightly thinned oils, clear waterbase poly and lacquers. I
get 8 psi at the aircap, a 4 stage turbine would probably get 10-12 psi and
allow it to better atomize the thicker finishes. I don't run latex (and no
longer run wb poly) due to dried residue missed in cleaning effing up