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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2011
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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.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2010
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I am new to spray finishes, although I have 30 years experience with brush and wipe on. This turbine compressor and gravity feed spray unit was all I could ask for. It is remarkably easy to use and - if you are using water based finishes - remarkably easy to clean. I would buy it again in a heartbeat. If I had once point of criticism, it would be the documentation. The included docs were too brief and shallow for a new user to spray work. I spent a lot of time searching web sites for help, and buying books on Amazon.

One word of advice to new sprayers, have lots of lights set up so you can see the reflection on the wet finish --- this is the only way to tell if you put enough finish on, or if you did a certain side of the cabinet already. I now have 5 48" florescents hanging from chains, and it works better than a single hot quartz bulb...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 25, 2012
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The price can seem pretty steep if you're the sort of person who only does a handful of finishing projects a year, but once you try it, you won't be physically capable of going back to that rinky-dink Husky kit ever again. The dearth of negative reviews on Fuji equipment is not a fluke--even if you're a total novice, it's very, very difficult to get anything but amazing results out of this gun. It's light, comfortable, fully adjustable, and cleans up really quickly, but what really matters is the way it atomizes your finishes--and it does so with aplomb.

Noise-wise, it's basically a Shop-Vac motor. Not pleasant to be in a confined space with unless you have hearing protection, but it's not going to shake the foundation and wake the neighbors, either. I have no doubt that the heavily insulated models would be much nicer in this regard, but probably not several hundred dollars worth of nice. They're also physically much larger, and there's a lot to be said for a tool this useful that can live on a closet shelf.

If I had to complain about anything, it would be the instruction manual. While well-written grammatically, they throw around a lot of part names you're probably not familiar with if you don't work on their assembly line, and the parts diagram in the back uses a completely separate numbering system, forcing you to cross reference the numbers in the text with another table in order to figure out what they're talking about. To make matters worse, the bulk of the text describes parts and assemblies which simply do not exist when you get the gravity gun, so there are a lot of maintenance tasks documented which you simply won't ever need to perform. Everything works pretty much the same way it does on every other gun out there, though, so nothing should feel completely foreign. This was the first time I'd ever used a pressurized cup, though, and the one thing that really threw me was the fact that the orientation of the cup lid actually matters. I initially had it rotated incorrectly and was getting virtually nothing out of it leading to much frustration until I rotated and re-seated it.

If you're planning on spraying some of the amazing water-based stains or pre-cat urethanes out there these days, pick up the #2 or #3 needle sets. The #4 that comes pre-installed is usable, but overkill for anything thinner than latex.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2012
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This is my first spray system ever, and the quality and performance are top notch. You can be getting professional results almost immediately. I am using it for shellac and water based lacquer presently. It does a fast and excellent job. The controls let you do almost anything from small to large areas. There is an optional 1 Qt. gravity feed can available, as well as 1 Qt. siphon feed can that can be attached, making this a wonderfully versatile system.

The sound is that of a household vacuum.

One very small minor gripe....the hose end washer on mine keeps falling out, so don't lose it.

This is so fast, and so good, that my brushes won't see much use anymore.

I have since painted a fence and my front doors with the 5H needle set. Paints may have to be thinned up to 25% for good results. What a time saver!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
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This is my first experience with a gravity feed HVLP sprayer. I read the reviews carefully and decided to purchase this unit. I am very happy with the results but while there are many very nice features about this type of spraying there are also some downsides.

Pros:
Very easy and quick to set up and get spraying. Plug the unit in, fill the gravity cup, start spraying.
Very easy and quick cleanup. This is similar to cleaning a conventional spray gun: empty the cup, rinse in some water, spray a little soapy water through the gun, run some clean water through the gun, and I always remove the nozzle and clean it since this is the one part that seems to clog the easiest.
Please note - you do not have to clean any hoses. Only air runs through the hoses.
Lays down a very nice pattern - like a good conventional gun.
Doesn't take up much space and is very portable.

Cons:
I think it is a little loud. It's basically a powerful vacuum cleaner and instead of using the sucking end, you're using the blowing end. It sounds like a shop vac.
Stiff bulky hose. This is the part I dislike the most.

Use the #3 needle for water base finishes. BTW if you want a really excellent water base top coat check out Target Chemical Coatings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2012
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This was a good unit that was surprisingly small and light for the power it put out. I used it on a large commercial job spraying water based primer, paint and sealer through the gun. I also used the #3aircap for the finish coats. The system worked great. The gun did manage to clog a few times in addition to being cleaned between every application. The unit is very solid and held up to many hours of continuous use. Only problem I encountered was when the pressure tube from the gun to the paint pot is moved or bumped, the gun will often spit paint and/or change the amount of paint from a fine spray to clumps of paint, just air or nothing at all. Takes a minute to realize that you just bumped the airline in a tight space.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2011
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Primed and painted (2) coats in 1/3 time if rolling and brushing. Not as loud as reviewed. Well worth money spent on this. I looked hard and long before deciding on this item. Smooth & consistent. Love it !,, make sure you also get the filter and AirTubes. Also a good wire brush kit. Made my money back after my first job w it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2012
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I have been treating furniture for several years. This is by far the best sprayer I have every owned. Right out of the box it was ready to use. After a little adjustment on some scrap wood it was ready to do the job. It sprays polyurethane very well. The fine tuning of the device is very simple to adjust. The noise level is similar to a shop vacuum. One thing I did read in a previous review is the (hose) washer easily falls out when you disconnect the hose. This is not a big problem; it is just worth mentioning and certainly does not take away from the functionality of this product. Clean up is easy and quick. If you want professional results......buy one!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2011
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I picked up this sprayer without having had any experience using HVLP. It's dead simple to use and I've gotten great results so far. I've used it with water-based poly and the included #3 tip. I had minor issues with runs at first, but that was due to operator error and was no fault of the sprayer. Clean-up has been very easy, and I like the fact that you can clean the gun even when it isn't attached to the air supply. This setup is well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
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I am a professional finisher and I have not been a big fan of HVLPs in the past but this system is the exception.The High quality unit and pressurized gravity feed cup (that swivels) makes the difference. We shoot water borne lacquers so I purchased the # 3 cap set that is ideal for thin materials or materials that are intended for spray. I would recommend this system to anyone that is serious about finishes. Fuji also has the absolute BEST customer service in the industry.
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