|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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Critter Spray Products 22032 118SG Siphon Gun
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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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The Critter Spray Products 22032 118SG Siphon Gun is ideal for the beginner to serious the woodworker who wants to achieve professional finishes. The simple design makes it easy to use - only two adjustments (regulated air supply and height of liquid nozzle) and easy to clean. Simply connect another sealer jar with thinners to the gun, splash it around, spray some through, wipe off the jar gasket and cover plate. When finished for the day simply cap off the sealer jar and with a sealer jar lid and store material air tight until next project. Use sealer jars to store a variety of paints and stains. A 3/4 hp tankless compressor is all that it takes to power the 118 Siphon Gun. Ideal for medium to small projects where the big spray guns take too much time to bother with. No extra nozzles are required for spraying various materials. Sprays a 1/2- to 2-1/2-inch circular pattern. Instructions inside the jar.
Top Customer Reviews
I have learned that paint spraying really is an art, and also that it takes patience. The quality of my painted projects with the Critter is good, but it's not professional, by any means. For instance, the vanity and cabinet drawers that I sprayed look good, but they are far from flawless. To get a flawless finish, it's important to sand betweens coats, and also do quick passes -- rather than trying to get really full coverage on each coat (because that leads to clumps and/or drips).
What do you need to get started using the Critter Gun?
- air compressor. If you do not have an air compressor already, and you plan on doing a lot of DIY work around your house, then I believe an air compressor is a wise investment. You can buy a cheap, tiny one from somewhere like Harbor Freight, or you can buy a compressor combo kit (which would include a nail gun and a staple gun) from Home Depot (that's what I did a couple years ago; I have felt it was a worthwhile investment).
- 1/4" coupler kit. This should cost you $5 or $6 at your local home improvement store.
- buy a box of basic Mason Jars from Wal-Mart or Fleet Farm. The 12 jars I bought at Wal-Mart cost about $8. To save time for a large painting project, you can fill up several Mason Jars at once -- then you can shift out an empty Mason Jar to a fresh one mid-project, as needed.
Pros (vs. Home Right Sprayer):
- setup and cleanup are faster and easier with the Critter.
- more consistent output of paint. This is a big one. With my Home Right sprayer, I was constantly getting derailed by paint clogging in the unit (even after diluting and straining the paint).
- the Critter is slightly cheaper (assuming you already have an air compressor).
- the Critter has far less issues with paint dripping on the project.
Cons (vs. Home Right)
- the Critter does not allow you to cover as much ground as quickly as the Home Right (and other sprayers, such as Wagner). While the paint spray is consistent, it is a small stream of paint. So, you need more passes per project.
- others have commented about the flimsy gasket that comes with the Critter, but I have not had any issues with the gasket (after about 10 uses of the gun). I have been careful with the gasket, so as not to rip it.
- do strain your paint first. You can buy a cheap strainer at Home Depot or any paint store. Ideally, choose one that has an elastic band that would hold the strainer in place on top of the Mason Jars.
- I have used the Critter with both oil-based primer, latex-based primer, and latex paint. The latex paint goes on slick and easy, because it is thinner than primer. The oil-based primer was the toughest of the three liquids I have used. It did leave minor bumps on the project, but that might have been user error on my part.
- use Floetrol (sold at all big box home improvement stores) to thin out latex-based paint.
- use Penetrol (same maker as Floetrol) to thin out oil-based paint. These paint additives help the paint/primer go on more smoothly.
- I have experimented with different PSI (pressure) settings on my air compressor. I have used anywhere from 30-90 PSI. The thicker the paint/primer you are applying, the more pressure you need (in my experience). Just test out different pressure levels on cardboard or paper that you have laid down for the project.
- ideally, have your subject pieces laid flat down on the ground, rather than vertical against a wall. This helps you avoid drips.
- great lighting really helps. Ideally, utilize shop lights above you. This helps you see where you have already sprayed vs. what else on the project needs to be sprayed.
- I have been doing two coats of primer and one or two coats of the finish paint color.
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. The only problem I had was initially I neglected to strain the paint and eneded up with some paint chunks clogging things up. It was an easy fix -- but easily avoided if you strain beforehand.
Compressor: I used my 6 gal PorterCable pancake compressor I got with a finish nailer a few years back. Make sure you drain the water from the tank on your compressor before you start.
Stand: I read a lot of reviews saying the gun keeps tipping over. It has a hook on top if you have a place to hang it. I don't have such a place. I built a little box that fits the jar faily well and then attached the box to the center of a larger piece of 3/4 plywood (12"x12"). This allows me a place to put the gun down for a minute without it turning over.
Gaskets: Buy extra gaskets. They're made of paper and you may use a few "learning" about how to deal with this tool.