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Old 08-27-2016, 10:52 PM   #1
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Just wanted to let you all know I finally got my AAA set up and sprayed out a door sample for a client, whole kitchen coming up in a few weeks. I purchased a Graco G15 with 411 for near cost brand new, so that was a no brainer. I purchase 25' of new air hose from HD with connections, its the skinny blue with no rubber jacket, so its easy to manuever, its hooked up to my small pancake compressor. Fluid comes from my ED655 hopper pump with 25' line. I sprayed Valspar PreCat satin white, these are shaker style stained cabinets, the client just had them installed last year and wished she would have choose white.

I must say, spraying with this set up is a breeze. I set the air pressure at 15-20psi, the lowest the compressor will set at, fluid is hard to tell but maybe 500? I did a few test patterns with the air set at the lowest setting at the gun, the 411 was very small, so upped the air to get the fan size I wanted, then increased the fluid after the first spray when I did not get a full wet coat. After that it was on, results were fabulous and overspray was nill. For those with a small compressor and small airless already and do not want to spend the money on a complete AAA package, just buying the gun is the way to go!!
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Just wanted to let you all know I finally got my AAA set up and sprayed out a door sample for a client, whole kitchen coming up in a few weeks. I purchased a Graco G15 with 411 for near cost brand new, so that was a no brainer. I purchase 25' of new air hose from HD with connections, its the skinny blue with no rubber jacket, so its easy to manuever, its hooked up to my small pancake compressor. Fluid comes from my ED655 hopper pump with 25' line. I sprayed Valspar PreCat satin white, these are shaker style stained cabinets, the client just had them installed last year and wished she would have choose white.

I must say, spaying with this set up is a breeze. I set the air pressure at 15-20psi, the lowest the compressor will set at, fluid is hard to tell but maybe 500? I did a few test patterns with the air set at the lowest setting at the gun, the 411 was very small, so upped the air to get the fan size I wanted, then increased the fluid after the first spray when I did not get a full wet coat. After that it was on, results were fabulous and overspray was nill. For those with a small compressor and small airless already and do not want to spend the money on a complete AAA package, just buying the gun is the way to go!!
Thanks for the update - glad it's working out for you.

BTW, how do your pets feel about you spaying with this setup?
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It's funny, but the owner of a local repair shop thought that using an ED655 pump with an AAA gun such as the G15 would be a great setup for cabinets and doors.

I've been considering purchasing a similar set up or a pressure pot setup.


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This week I'm gonna finally take my AAA put for a spin. I've got 5 cabinet jobs lined up on a row so I'm gonna get a good feel for it real quick.
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Just wanted to let you all know I finally got my AAA set up and sprayed out a door sample for a client, whole kitchen coming up in a few weeks. I purchased a Graco G15 with 411 for near cost brand new, so that was a no brainer. I purchase 25' of new air hose from HD with connections, its the skinny blue with no rubber jacket, so its easy to manuever, its hooked up to my small pancake compressor. Fluid comes from my ED655 hopper pump with 25' line. I sprayed Valspar PreCat satin white, these are shaker style stained cabinets, the client just had them installed last year and wished she would have choose white.

I must say, spraying with this set up is a breeze. I set the air pressure at 15-20psi, the lowest the compressor will set at, fluid is hard to tell but maybe 500? I did a few test patterns with the air set at the lowest setting at the gun, the 411 was very small, so upped the air to get the fan size I wanted, then increased the fluid after the first spray when I did not get a full wet coat. After that it was on, results were fabulous and overspray was nill. For those with a small compressor and small airless already and do not want to spend the money on a complete AAA package, just buying the gun is the way to go!!
Can you post a picture of your set up?
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Can you post a picture of your set up?
Will do in a couple of weeks when I do the cabinet job the sample is for.
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Ok, this is my update on the kitchen cabinet lacquer job. This is my set-up and spray station.
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Shot first coat on the cabinets, and two coats on the backs today. Tomorrow will be two more coats on the cabinets and three coats on the fronts.
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This should be a video of me spraying
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That's some tight masking and nice set up. Is that a spray booth in the living room in that video? 😁 I noticed the pictures on the wall.
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That's some tight masking and nice set up. Is that a spray booth in the living room in that video? 😁 I noticed the pictures on the wall.
Thanks, its working well. That is the dining room, where I am standing taking the picture of the kitchen. It has a slider out to a sun room where we are racking the doors and drawers, and a double opening to the family room, we have that all plastic with a zipper.
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Are you shooting the Valspar WB lacquer? It's great stuff.
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Nope, real precat 275 voc
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Nope, real precat 275 voc
Nice turntable. Where did you buy it?
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Nice turntable. Where did you buy it?
Crate & Barrel!! It was a wedding gift 16 years ago. I thought it was better than sitting in a drawer forever.
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All done, put it back today. Came out great!!
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That's a lot cheaper than buying a new Graco 395 AAA machine. I've got one but yours is probably just as good. Good idea. I've always thought about putting one together but never got around to doing it. That's a better option than using a HVLP gun with a heavy compressor because it is more portable. You can take that to any job site very easily.
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I have two questions.

1) does that pancake compressor keep up with spraying? Most AAA guns seems to recommend about 3cfm@40psi.

2) most small compressors with those requirements are oiled units. Even with an oilless unit like yours, what or how do you think effective /portable water oil separator could be implemented?
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Aren't the AAA compressors tankless turbines?
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Aren't the AAA compressors tankless turbines?
Exactly. My Graco 395 Finish Pro has a tiny compressor. It's smaller than the pancake variety as shown above. It's going constantly as I spray.

I wonder what's up with those two box fans on each end of the setup. They don't look like they have hoses attached to them to suck out the over spray dust.. I see filters.
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