Turbine HVLP painting a car

  1. Randall977

    Randall977 Member

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    I've painted a car with cellulose using a normal compressor and that came out well. I no longer have the compressor, but I do lack space and the noise of the compressor is a slight issue where I live.

    My 1970 Land Rover will need painting soon, I will prep it and paint one panel at a time. Is a turbine HVLP a viable way to do it? I'm thinking about getting a Fuji Semi Pro - normally used for furniture etc.

    The finish needs to be good, but it is what it is - so perfection isn't important. I will be using enamel paint.

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  2. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    I painted an Escort with one years ago and that was with Alkyd enamel paint. I used the proper synthetic thinners to go with it and it came out looking like a professional job. My work mates at the time would not believe I had done it myself.
     
  3. mr haynes Member

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    Qtech stuff comes up regularly for sale on the bay of evils. Can't remember website but there is a crowd that have a decent range of turbine guns if google.

    Of course it's a totally viable option. Sounds like a hoover in use :laughing:
     
  4. northwest

    northwest Member

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    I have an Apollo Turbine HVLP setup that I bought in 1994 - it was over a grand back then. Turbine, Hose and gun.

    I made a LOT of money with that setup and it paid my mortgage for a long time. By far and away the most were two pack (full on isocyanate)but I painted a couple of Tranny's (the vans that is) with enamel without issues. The big advantage of my setup was that once I had it up to temp the stuff would go on and cure almost right away, as long as I had the garage/workshop up to temp.

    I wouldn't hesitate but I would always use two pack given the choice.
     
  5. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Reckon if you use quality paint it will look great.

    On our Figaro the paint was so good we could have rolled it on....thinner was expensive but excellent straight out of the gun.
     
  6. northwest

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    Also, and I have done this more than once, you could easily brush paint that one panel at a time. I would use tractol and 800 grit in between coats. It can finish like glass.
     
  7. tlovatt Member

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    I have sprayed with an Apollo 3 stage 1500 HVLP turbine (Apollo Pro-Spray 1500) and the limiting factor is my skill not the turbine setup. The advantage with the Apollo is price, for £340 you can get a complete pack including a good spray gun, the Fuji is a similar price just for the turbine unit.

    The 2 stage Apollo Spraymaster will probably do all you need from it, I have one I used for spraying finishes onto woodwork, but the 3 stage unit comes with a much better gun and in my opinion it is worth spending the extra.
     
  8. Randall977

    Randall977 Member

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    Thanks for all of the helpful replies. I did consider brush and roller but after many YouTube videos concluded that most finishes looked pretty bad - probably because most were done just to save money and they weren't willing to put in the hours finishing. I like the turbine option - not quite sure how powerful the machine needs to be, cost goes up a lot with power... Apollos look good!
     
  9. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    The one I used was an Apollo. It was really old with the power unit on a trolley base but it worked perfectly.
     
  10. Farside

    Farside Badly Welded Man

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    I painted a lot of gensets (and my cars / vans at weekends) using a VolumAir shoulder-mounted turbine set.
    Absolutely fantastic kit.
    They also did a trolley mounted turbine that took a 25L tin of paint and allowed the operator to spray the factory walls while standing on a pallet. This was before you weren't allowed that malarkey. Two of us got the whole factory painted at the weekend. The amazing thing about the system was there was no need to mask off the windows, the spray was so controllable.
     
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