|Item Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||8 x 6.9 x 4 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||22032|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||90 days against manufacturing defects, will not warranty broken tubes due to shipping or if customer breaks tube due to improper handling.|
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- Compressor-mounted spray gun kit; requires 3 cfm at 90 psi
- Attaches to Mason jars filled with paints, stains, lacquers, and more
- Comes with glass Mason jar and metal spray gun
- Includes siphon gun, tube, 16-ounce Mason jar, jar gasket, and instructions; compressor not included (3/4-horsepower minimum)
- Fits standard 16-ounce Mason jar--easily adaptable to fit other jars
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As with most every spray gun, even professional guns, the media being sprayed will usually need to be thinned to some degree; this gun is not any different. I have not used it for spraying latex paint, but I would expect it to do a fine job after diluting the paint with water.
Two things are very important to me as a craftsman: after working for weeks on a project, I need to apply a smooth even finish. With a little practice, the Criiter will provide this. The second desired feature, is to have an easy cleanup, so that I don't hesitate because of fear (laziness)to use the tool. Again, this sprayer is the easiest cleanup of any sprayer that I have used. The ability to store, and have ready, my finishes is a big bonus.
This is not the type of spray gun that someone would use to paint a room, but for a door, railings, and furniture, it will do what you expect it should do.
That said, now for my gripes. There is one design flaw that is particularly annoying. In their infinite wisdom, the folks at Critter decided to paint the frame of the gun. Rule number 1: paint does not adhere to base metal alloys. The awful bluish paint on the zinc-alloy gun flakes off and gets everywhere. Its adhesion is so poor you can literally scratch it off with your fingernail. It contaminates your paint no matter how careful you are. My white enamel became a nice off-blue pastel color thanks to this. When you wipe down the gun with any petroleum-based solvent, the paint will smear. My advice: before using, soak the gun in a water-based paint stripper to remove the paint. Paint guns should not be painted. I shouldn't have to tell them that, but here I am anyway.
Another nit to pick is that with a jar attached, the gun tends to tip over, especially when the jar is nearly empty. The gun could have been balanced better. Fortunately the gun has a hook to hang it from when you are not using it.
One other thing (though not the fault of Critter) - if you plan to shoot any solvent-based finish, be sure to get the Mason jars with the cork or fiber gaskets. The ones with the rubber seals will dissolve, leaving you with a sticky mess and contaminated finish.
Nevertheless, the gun works so well, I still gave it 4 stars. You just have to be aware of its flaws.
That said, I am very pleased with this gun. I read reviews from everywhere about various spray guns and this one stacked up pretty well in other peoples' estimation so I decided to give it a go -- not much of a gamble dollarwise. I can pretty much buy any tool I need (want?) and was looking at some $900 HVLP systems. My wife was ready to support whatever I decided to buy.
It seemed like the more expensive HVLP systems would work great but might require a bit more maintenance, care, and storage space. This siphon gun has very little to clean and if you have plenty of gaskets, and keep it clean, you have nothing to worry about.
As for performance, I am very happy with the results. I have been a roller/mini roller guy when it comes to paint applications over the years. I have been building cabinets for home and hobby for over 20 years and while I typically prefer a natural wood finish, I decided this most recent project would be painted. I really love the results the Critter gave me. It took a bit of fiddling to set the spray nozzle and the compressor pressure for the best results but that's true of any tool with moving parts.
I used basic Glidden latex highgloss paint, mixed at Home Depot. I have not used any other type of finish yet, and may not in the foreseeable future as I am on a roll with paintgrade built-ins and am not likely to stop in the next year or so.
For paint: Buy Flowtrol and use medium paint strainers.Read more ›
- when using latex paint be sure to use some Floetrol (available at Home Depot) to condition the paint. This makes for a glass-smooth surface.
- fiddle with the air pressure before painting. Lower pressures work best for me on most materials.
- strain the latex paint first to avoid clogs and "boogers" that mar your surface.
- strongly consider buying the maintenance kit, including the short tube. We spent hours trying to find a substitute spring after it went down the drain while cleaning. The short tube works well in the smaller Mason jars.
- buy some spare CORK gaskets at a hardware store or canning supply store. They will not tear easily like the paper gasket included, and will not melt like the rubber gaskets do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been using this gun for 20 or more years. I spray glue for upholstery, so my only suggestion is that a PLASTIC Mason jar is a better choice for glue because the jar, ring,... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I have tried so many spray guns in the past I about gave up on finding one that worked and could clean up easy enoph to be worth the time This spray gun is amazingly easy to clean... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Andrew Davis
Easy to use and cleanup is a breeze. I used this for spraying latex paint. I also have an LVLP gun, but this tool is so much easier to use and the results are really good. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ralph Angelotti
This thing is awesome! Sprayed cabinets with waterbased "Pro Classic" from Sherwin. Very small amount of flotrol needed and beautiful finish.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great little sprayer it can clog from time to time because every paint needs to be thinned differently but it works amazing.Published 16 days ago by todd gilliam
If you strain your paint when pouring it into the mason jar you will have no issues. Every once in awhile clean the straw tip and you'll have great looking projects.Published 29 days ago by Cristy Booher