|Manufacturer||Critter Spray Products|
|Item Weight||1.35 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||7 x 2 x 9 inches|
|Item model number||22032|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Included Components||Spray gun, mason jar and gasket (compressor sold separately)|
|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
- Fits standard 16-ounce Mason jar--easily adaptable to fit other jars
- Requires minimum 3/4 hp compressor (not included).
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Critter Spray Products 22032 118SG Siphon Gun
- Standard 16oz mason jar - store products right in the jar - air tight until your next project saving time and effort.
- Fast colour change when utilizing mason jars to store different products in.
- Easy to operate - just set air pressure at compressor and adjust liquid nozzle up or down for material control - always produces a circular pattern
- Easy to clean - just keep liquid tube & nozzle clean (only air passes through the gun)
- Adaptable to other containers
- Sprays most stains, lacquers, latex paints and water base finishes @ 30 lbs psi
- Sprays contact cements for laminating and other gluing projects
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Easy to use, light weight spray gun for many projects around the house or shop. Great for spraying polyurethanes, lacquers, stains, chalk and milk paints, latex, enamels and even alkyds. Some thinning may be required. Requires a compressor that can produce 2 - 3 CFM (cubic feet per minute). Produces a 1/2" to 3"circular spray pattern depending on distance held from object spraying. Easy clean up as a result of the simple design.
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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.
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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.
I used latex semi gloss paint. It is crucial that the paint be thinned. I used 60% paint, 20% Floral, and 20% water. The final liquid needs to be the consistency of maple syrup.
The next crucial thing is to strain the paint, even if it is brand new. Also have a small guage wire, or sewing pin with a big head handy. You will want to poke the pin/wire into the paint nozzle periodically, and put it in whenever you need to let things dry between coats so that the paint won't clog the nozzle. I was able to work for 4 hours without cleaning up the equipment.
I found that 60 to 70 psi was the sweet spot for me. Be sure to sweep across your project so that the paint spray stops off of your material. Keep your Critter about 6" from surface and move pretty slowly.
A final tip is that all of the coats of paint should be pretty thin. The first coat should end up looking like it has very little paint color. The natural reaction is to keep spraying. DON'T or you will create drips and runs. The next coats will provide the coverage. I did 4 coats on a trimmed out louan closet door. In between coats, I lightly sanded with 330 grit followed by a tack cloth.
My final result has no runs, drips, or brush marks. Total time spread out with drying time was maybe 10% of what it would have taken with a brush. At 85% outside I recoated every 30 minutes.
So happy to finally have an inexpensive product exceed all expectations.
For spraying oil based paint, this is the method I used:
- Adjust the spray tip as per the instruction manual
- Thin your paint by about 10% using mineral spirits. We also generally add a couple drops of Japan Dryer
- pour your paint through a paint strainer into the mason jar
- Set your compressor to deliver about 25 lbs pressure as a starting point (this gun doesn't take much)
- Put on your breathing gear (seriously, don't spray paint without a proper mask on)
- Start spraying onto a scrap piece of wood or cardboard to make fine adjustments
If the coverage seems a bit sparse, then slowly increase the pressure to the sprayer a pound a tiny bit at a time. 28-30 lb is where we usually end up. Much more than that and your paint has a good chance of having an orange peel appearance. If you get it right, which really is not all that difficult to do, you should have a glass smooth finish.
Things to not do:
- Do not try to do the job in one coat. It will not work and your end result will be crappy. Anticipate three coats if using oil based paint.
- Hang or set whatever you are painting in a relatively dust free location to dry as wet paint can be a dust magnet.
- Spray in even strokes starting and ending off the edges of the object you are painting. Never START the spray with the sprayer pointing directly at the object you are painting.
- Change spray directions from coat-to-coat (ie up/down, left/right, corner/corner) as that insures good coverage.
Clean up is simple. Have a second mason jar with some mineral spirits in it, attach it to the sprayer and spray into a cardboard box until it's clear of paint (about 6 or 7 short bursts), then take a paper towel with a little mineral spirits on it and wipe the brass parts of the sprayer down to get any paint off. It doesn't get any simpler than that. Takes painting from a chore to fun...almost.
We've uploaded a picture of one of our custom bathroom wall cabinets that was painted using this critter sprayer so you can get an idea of the finish quality.
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I'm sure the Critter is great for clear coats and stain which I will use it on future jobs. For spraying the interior doors I bought the HomeRight Super Max which is great and much better solution for this type of project.