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Old 11-14-2019, 01:26 AM   #21
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Initially using straight-up non-conversion air guns, shooting nothing but solvent borne lacquers with a Binks No 7 which was the shop workhorse for finishers back in the day as well as the other Binks air guns Id regularly use, having transitioned to HVLP for the first time, I had purchased two 3 stage Titan cart units when they first came out. The had miniature tankless air compressors like the portable 12 volt tire compressors that youd keep in your car, the compressors not fit to inflate so much as a tire let alone pressurize the included paint pots. The things were a heap of junk, not fit to be boat anchors. The compressors and guns were so flawed that Titan offered anyone who purchased them a free upgrade for their newer guns, having reconfigured the compressor setup incorporating air storage tanks within the 1st year after first being introduced. I had dropped $4,800 on the two units, tossing them in a dumpster in sheer frustration after only a couple of uses, switching to conversion guns.

Ive since had what seems like infinitely disappointing experiences with the turbine setups and associated guns, the latest being a Fuji Q5 with what seems to be the never ending leaking gravity feed gun, having changed out the plastic cup several times and still having the darn thing leak cause the cap wont seat properly. Had I not been retiring from the business this week Id switch to a AAA setup. I had purchased a Graco Finish Pro II 595 AAA this past Feb. only it never made it out of the box when opting for an early retirement shortly after purchasing it. I was looking forward to trying it out after hearing others on PT raving about how far superior they are to HVLP turbines.


Wait whhhhaaatttt- your retiring?!!! So we wont get anymore awesome project photos? *tear.

But that must mean youll have lots n lots of free time to travel....west...to help a girl out, ya? Haha.

Hope youll still be hanging around PT to share that wealth of knowledge n experience with us all?
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Old 11-14-2019, 01:34 AM   #22
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Initially using straight-up non-conversion air guns, shooting nothing but solvent borne lacquers with a Binks No 7 which was the shop workhorse for finishers back in the day as well as the other Binks air guns Id regularly use, having transitioned to HVLP for the first time, I had purchased two 3 stage Titan cart units when they first came out. The had miniature tankless air compressors like the portable 12 volt tire compressors that youd keep in your car, the compressors not fit to inflate so much as a tire let alone pressurize the included paint pots. The things were a heap of junk, not fit to be boat anchors. The compressors and guns were so flawed that Titan offered anyone who purchased them a free upgrade for their newer guns, having reconfigured the compressor setup incorporating air storage tanks within the 1st year after first being introduced. I had dropped $4,800 on the two units, tossing them in a dumpster in sheer frustration after only a couple of uses, switching to conversion guns.

Ive since had what seems like infinitely disappointing experiences with the turbine setups and associated guns, the latest being a Fuji Q5 with what seems to be the never ending leaking gravity feed gun, having changed out the plastic cup several times and still having the darn thing leak cause the cap wont seat properly. Had I not been retiring from the business this week Id switch to a AAA setup. I had purchased a Graco Finish Pro II 595 AAA this past Feb. only it never made it out of the box when opting for an early retirement shortly after purchasing it. I was looking forward to trying it out after hearing others on PT raving about how far superior they are to HVLP turbines.


& if ya wanna give up that new finish pro2 I happen to know someone whod love it hehe

My VERY first spray experience was with a metal Wagner gravity feed gun & compressor hahaha ...it was sh*t but you coulda fooled me!

I was like a kid in a candy shop- spraying an entire furniture piece in 30 minutes without contorting my body n tryin to brush/roll every lil nook n cranny was life changing. Didnt take long till I wanted more & better...Ive been chasing the illusion of perfect setup ever since.

Like you, I also always find issue with whatever Im using at the moment. Im back to that kid again for about 5 minutes after I get the new toy...then the flaws start to come out. Not sure Ill ever stop lookin tho.
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Wait whhhhaaatttt- your retiring?!!! So we wont get anymore awesome project photos? *tear.

But that must mean youll have lots n lots of free time to travel....west...to help a girl out, ya? Haha.

Hope youll still be hanging around PT to share that wealth of knowledge n experience with us all?
Would love hooking up with you on a project so keep that in mind, only when Im finished with my own home. Im breaking into that next week in hopes of getting it up on the market so I can get out of NY. Ready for a change of scenery and environment and Im thinking a warmer year round coastal location still to be determined is in order for my next place. Being 55 and still young at heart, I hope to be dabbling in the wood finishing craft in some capacity.

As far as the AAA which is still NIB, I had committed to donating it and some of my heavier equipment to a non-profit similar to Habitat for Humanity that assists disabled vets, otherwise I would have shipped it out to you gratis knowing it would be put to good use.

And thanks for all the nice posts here at PT. I always enjoy reading your material. I strongly suspect were cast from a similar mold, setting the bar high and having a similar passion for the work we do. I find those types to be far and few, so keep up the great work.
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Would love hooking up with you on a project

On a purely platonic level...of course!

An East Coast / West Coast collaboration facilitated by the innerwebs would be pretty cool. Only on PT!!!
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An East Coast / West Coast collaboration facilitated by the innerwebs would be pretty cool. Only on PT!!!


Hahah that was awesome
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All I know is Ive owned Graco and Titan 115s and I like the Graco better. My 115 runs to hot, also, I like Graco engineering and design better easier to maintain and clean. I use them for smaller project like a small vanity or spraying lacquer on furniture or maybe a 1 or 2 cabinet doors. Make sure to buy a Zahn cup, it will save you a lot of guess work.
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All I know is Ive owned Graco and Titan 115s and I like the Graco better. My 115 runs to hot, also, I like Graco engineering and design better easier to maintain and clean. I use them for smaller project like a small vanity or spraying lacquer on furniture or maybe a 1 or 2 cabinet doors. Make sure to buy a Zahn cup, it will save you a lot of guess work.

Have both graco 9.0 and titan 115. Graco is much nicer. Titan feels & looks like a harborfrieght special compared to the graco. Too much made in china plastic parts. graco 9.5procomp is a very good machine. Can push most paint grade latex unthinned.
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