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My new favorite
on May 29, 2011
I have had this Sprayer for several months now, and I have absolutly nothing bad to say about it. This is my first HVLP system, and I am sooo happy I made the change. Over the last several years I have used compressor sets, which I do like. The change came when I decided I wanted to be able to spray my own projects at home, and I began looking for a compressor and gun. For anyone who has attempted to find the right compressor on a budget knows how hard it is and how it feels. Basicly it comes down to if you cant buy top of the line, with a big tank, then you may have some problems. I was about to buy A decent unit that I was pretty confident would be able to handle spraying, but I wasnt positive, and it was going to cost me a good thousand dollars for the setup, and then I would need another 220 outlet to run it off of. I decided to look at HVLP systems, and eneded up finding the mini mite. After reading reviews on amazon and elsewhere, I could not find anyone that had anything negative to say about it. So after a few months of arguing with myself, I decided to go with this set. I chose the 3 stage because I spray mostly clear coats, but then all of a sudden now Ive been doing alot of paints. I do wish I would have gone with the 4 stage, only because I dont want to over work my 3. But it suprised me on how well it handled nice thick paint. It does take some getting used to. At first my coats were going on way too thick and had a lot of running, but a little practice went a long way. One bit of advise would be to use the #3 spray tip for clear coats and use the #4, which comes with this set for paint. I have used the #4 for spraying clear coats, but that was one reason why is was so hard for me to adjust to HVLP, because it will put out a lot more material faster than a compresser unit will. The #3 sprays a finer mist, which makes it easier to adjust. As far as finish quality goes, this thing is top notch. Once you figure it out, the finish quality is far better than Ive seen on any compressor unit. Every piece of this machine is made to last. The gun is Stainless steel, about $300 alone. Better than any other gun I have used. The hose is nothing but a fancy garden hose, just much higher quality. The turbine has a metal encasing, and feels solid. It is a little noisy but at this price compared to a compressor unit, it is worth it.