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So, now that she's got a project bike to sandblast and repaint, LTGal is thinkin' we might need a paintsprayer for the teeny tiny craftsman compressor. Any suggestions for types or brands to look for/avoid? We'd be looking for something pretty small, for using with enamel and/or latex paint,for small projects like furniture, bike frames or, oh, I dunno, a John Deere 160 fender deck. :)
 

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Well. how teeny tiny is the compressor? Are you talking about the 1 hp oil pump one that is smaller than a suitcase with a small hot dog style tank or more a pancake style one?

Either way, I would look into a small gravity fed touch-up gun for small jobs like you are speaking of.

Mine are Craftsman , and I like 'em just fine....
 

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Without specs on the compressor it is hard to make any specific recommendations.

I would caution against any HVLP style guns as they require more air supply than the siphon guns. HVLP guns do indeed save material but if the compressor won't keep up then they don't work.

A recent thread covered owners reviews of in-expensive Harbor Freight paint guns with a majority approval rating for paint enamels and other equipment style paints. Latex finishes usually require a different tip and needle due to the higher viscosity and therefore probably won't spray well from these guns.
http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=149406

Siphon feed trim and touch up gun. Even the smallest compressor will keep up with this one. The small cup size is nice for small projects and larger ones just mean more frequent fill ups. A good "entry level" tool that you can use to learn a lot about painting and will come in useful even if you move on to bigger and better.
http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/itemdisplay/displayItem.do?itemid=92126&CategoryName=AIR%20TOOLS&SubCategoryName=Air%20Tool%20Spray%20Guns%20and%20Air%20Brushes

Siphon feed 20 oz. spray gun. Might require more air than your little compressor will deliver but bang for the buck it is a good investment providing you have the air to run it.
http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/itemdisplay/displayItem.do?itemid=67181&CategoryName=AIR%20TOOLS&SubCategoryName=Air%20Tool%20Spray%20Guns%20and%20Air%20Brushes

A useful accessory to the above guns is the filling stand. While it is not entirely a necessity, it does indeed make filling the guns easier and gives a convenient place to rest the gun between coats.
http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/itemdisplay/displayItem.do?itemid=34958
 

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I am old Roger and easily confused! The links you put in are Gravity fed guns but you keep saying Siphon feed? I thought this type was the siphon fed.
 

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:banghead3 Sorry, A senior moment!

Sonny is correct (did I really just say that?)

The one he shows is a siphon feed gun and the ones I posted are gravity feed guns. Both styles come in plain or the HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) versions.
 

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As always, gentlemen, you are a font of helpful information! Based on what you've mentioned, LTGal and I just whipped out tonight to our local Princess Auto and bought THIS:


We went with the smallest siphon-feed one they had, as their gravity-feed one was pretty big, and then they went into fairly big HVLPs, which I agree, I don't think my little compressor would run at all....

Thanks all

(Oh, yes, its the sausage-shaped compressor, 1hp craftsman...)
 

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That one will do lot of work.:thThumbsU

I would suggest you tie a rag around the joint where the lid attaches to the pot after filling as mine have the nasty habit of overflowing through the vent hole and dripping on the panel. Not really a problem as the rag trick has been SOP for generations of gravity feed guns.

Next time you go to the grocery or hardware store see if you can find a set of coffee pot brushes similar to these: http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/itemdisplay/displayItem.do?itemid=97591&CategoryName=&SubCategoryName=

They make cleaning a lot easier and come in handy for many uses in the shop.
 

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Good choice by the way, I have a tiny compressor that sees a lot of use because it's just so handy compared to my leaky old 60 gallon unit. However, I tried to spray some primer on a Jeep CJ tailgate, and it could not keep up with my larger gun. I have one something like the one you bought that i have not tried. I am sure it will work with the little compressor though. (May get used more because of that!)
 
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