The "Best" D.I.Y. tool

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Wayne Ernst, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. Wayne Ernst

    Wayne Ernst Cinematographer

    Feb 24, 2002
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    For the past 25 years, I've been a woodworker for hobby and professionally. I've owned my share of tools, but none of of them have provided with the "wow" factor of my latest tool. Well ... I didn't mean to keep the suspense going for so long, but the tool is an LPLV spray gun for painting. It's not a very expensive tool at all - in fact, it can be purchased for as little as $13.00. Yes, $13.00.

    A few weeks back, I took on a project for building some built-in shelving for a client. I purchased about 200 sq. ft. of MDF for this job. I consider myself to be a pretty good roller/brush painter and use paint conditioners, etc. along with Purdy brushes and can lay down a good finish. But, it takes time. This is where my beloved spray gun comes into play. I picked it up from Harbor Freight at one of their local stores. My 4 gallon "pancake" compressor is capable of supplying the proper pressure to run this beast.

    Here's a link to the item at Harbor Freight:
    Spray Gun
    The specs listed at the site are a little off. Initially, this gun didn't capture my attention until I visited the store. The specs on the box indicate it requires much less pressure to keep it going - e.g. 2.9 scfm at 40 PSI.

    I actually purchased 3 different guns - this one, an airbrush and a HPLV gun. However, with latex paint, this gun kicks some booty. I just sprayed about 120 sq. ft of MDF in less than 30 minutes today. I'm still getting the motions down, the speed, etc. and am able to lay a pretty good finish with minimal orange peel.

    For paint, I've been using Wal-Mart semi-gloss paint, which is supposed to be Sherwin Williams paint. To start off, it's not a thick paint, but I've added a bit of Paint Easy (by Wagner and sold at Lowes or Wal-Mart.)
  2. brentl

    brentl Cinematographer

    May 7, 1999
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    I might need to look at one of these when I build my theater.

    It's really easy to paint a room(13x18) when youdon't need to worry about overspray[​IMG]


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