Are you guys talking about the HF "purple gun" (#43430)?
Yes, The purple gun w/20 oz cup. HVLP
Originally Posted by Ron H
I called and spoke to customer service. They make an "accessory kit" for this gun and you can get new nozzles 1.5 - 2.0 for $12.95 each.
I ordered a 1.7 and 2.0
Ben in SC
Great news, I just called the local store here in Texarkana. Should have tried the national number myself. Thanks
HF Guns..... you get what you pay for....
Well I will try to chime in on this one. I sprayed a 72 pontiac catalina this weekend using 2 hf hvlp guns and a binks m1g.
I will tell you first hand as well as many people on here... you get what you pay for when it comes to tools.
I picked up two of the cheapo harbor freight guns to use for primer/base coat. I also am limited on compressor size so that is why I went with the binks m1g hvlp gun. I was able to spray at the local air force hobby shop this time so compressor output was not a problem.
I used the harbor freight guns mainly for primer this time, but in the past I have used a brand new one for a complete basecoat/clear coat using dupont chroma supplies. I used the brand new one when I sprayed a friends zx12 motorcycle and It produced adequate results. There was alot of orange peel in the clear cause the gun doesn't atomize the material very well. The second use I broke the gun down and completely cleaned it out. I sprayed primer with one of the guns (1.4 tip) and it sprayed ok. I know the tip is small, they sent me the wrong one and wouldn't take it back. The other 1.4 I used for base and was going to use my binks for clear only. I must tell you the 1.4 hf gun was spraying splotchy. I could not get an even coat with it unless I went really slow but it still sprayed kinda crappy. I mixed up a coat of clear with blue pearl in it and sprayed it. It would either spray really dry or I would have to go really slow and lay it on thick. The clear was coming out as forrest gump would say 'in fat rain drops'.
I got a couple of runs with it and got very discouraged cause it was not laying evenly. I switched to the binks for the clear and it layed on like glass. I was sooooo surprised.
I tried the m1g at anything from 8 psi to 45 psi and it atomized and layed on smooth as a baby's bottom. Obviously you would get a cloud of overspray at 45 that was pretty good. I tried the hf guns at 10-40 and they wouldnt spray much if anything at lower pressures. I had to run em at 35-40 all day and it literally took all day to spray with em.
In all honesty, save your money and get a better gun. I have sprayed with 5-10 knock off guns over the past few yrs of painting (as a weekend hobby only). My experience is they are ok for primer if you plan on sanding. Otherwise get a better gun.
This was the first time using my m1g. I didn't want to spray base and clear in it as I intended it only to be a clear gun. My plans for future paint work is to spray everything but primer with my m1g gun.
I know everyone is going to say it is all about gun setup. I have purchased len's spray painting 101, a hobby air fresh air system and various other supplies as well as learn from many on here... I had the resident painter stop by and he even looked at the gun and said it was tuned properly but it just wasnt spraying very well.
Take it for what it's worth.
Note in the pics, image 1 shows me spraying clear with the m1g. Image 3 shows me holding the hf gun with the metallic grey basecoat.
Well I just came inside from spraying three coats of PPG Concept Urethane on the bottom of my project and I'll tell you that gun setup does make a difference.
So far it looks like I have minimal OP and a VERY good shine. The paint flowed out beautifully and sprayed very fast. The 1.4mm tip is perfect for the top coats so I have decided to pick up another gun and 2.0 tip for shooting primer. Until then I'll just use my older siphon guns for the primer.
Thanks to all who helped with my issue! I just love this site, the new forum makes it MUCH easie to navigate!
Ben in SC
part numbers for the "accessory kit"?
I just joined the bbs; looking to go the inexpensive route for repainting my cars!
Do you have the part number or numbers for these tips which you've ordered? I've been trying to comprehend the whole HLVP cfm @__psi thing, myself; it's quite daunting.
I've got the same compressor, I think; a Sears 20 gal 4.5hp horizontal tank, with 8.4 cfm@ 40psi; 6.2 cfm@ 90psi. Part number/model number is 919 164200.
I ordered a 1.9mm tip, the part number was #25943 and the cost for the "kit" was 29.57.
Originally Posted by Josh
They also had a 2.2mm tip #25942.
Good luck Josh!
Beware of 43430; open before leaving store!
My 43430 model Harbor Freight purple paint gun's 1.4mm tip is stuck in the housing; the included "tool" doesn't fit the nozzle very well. It just spins off, and can't grab the nozzle tight enough to unscrew it.
I'd advise folks who're in the market for this gun to open the package at the store, and make certain that not only everything is there, but that the nozzle can be unscrewed from the housing with the included tool. The guns are boxed but not sealed in plastic, so you can check through the boxes until you find a gun that's not got a stuck nozzle.
Now i've got to drive another 40 miles round trip to take this thing back!
Hey there...I was getting ready to shoot some DP40 with this gun. The Psheet says a 1.4 - 1.6 mm tip can be used and to set 8 - 10 psi at the cap.
As noted earlier, the HF 43430 gun has a 1.4 tip. Anyone have experience laying on DP40 with this gun?
Also, there are no markings on the gun nor is there a table in the instruction book (which is a joke) regarding the proper inlet setting to achieve 10 psi at the cap. Anyone have a reference for this? I guess the standard is 29 psi at the inlet translates into 10 psi at the cap.
I'm considering buying a new gun to lay down DP40 and K36. I'll have someone shoot the color for me. Any suggestions on a good gun and tip sizes...reasonably priced?
30 - 35 psi is in the ball park for that gun.
I should have clarified that its 30 - 35 psi with the trigger pulled all the way back and air flowing through the gun when you set the inlet pressure on the gun.
FYI and future searches:
Larger nozzles for the HF 43430 and 38308 guns have to be ordered by phone or from their printed catalog. The sku for the 1.9mm is: 25943-0vga and is up to $35.89 now. I never did buy the bigger nozzle to spray my two part heavy build primer... just used the 1.4 slowly and sanded the heavy orange peel as needed.
I had the same problem as Josh trying to get the nozzle off... until I realized that it has a left handed thread.