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How to Select a Paint Spray Gun

Questions to consider when selecting an Air Spray Gun or an
HVLP Spray Gun.


1. Who will be using the spray gun?
2. Will it be a man with big hands or a lady with small hands?
3. How long will they spray at one time?
4. How much paint will be sprayed per shift?
5. What paint chemistry will be used?
6. Will I have enough compressed air to operate the spray gun and achieve proper atomization?

Let’s begin with the first question. Who will be using the spray gun? Will it be someone who will use it for a farm and home application? Will it be an owner of a small paint business who wants the highest quality spray gun? Will the conventional air spray gun or HVLP spray gun be used by employees who may not care for the spray gun as carefully as the business owner?

Next let’s look at the spray gun user. The wrong selection of a spray gun may contribute to fatigue. As the day wears on the stress and strain of a spray gun that is to heavy will likely contribute to an increase in paint defects such as runs drips and sags and or an out of spec paint film thickness.

How long will they gun be in use by the painter daily? Is the work piecemeal or small volume? Is the work large volume? This answer will direct you to select the size and type of paint supply method. For example if you are spraying a small amount of stain, the gravity cup selection will range from 450ml, 700ml to 1000ml. A siphon set up may be the answer for volumes of 1 quart of less. Pressure cups range from 1 to 2 quarts. Larger volumes may be supplied from a pressure pot with sizes ranging from 2.5 gallons, 5, 10, 12, 15 gallons. The pots have either a top or a bottom fluid outlet. Air regulation and air agitation maybe selected to tailor the pot to your application. Air and fluid hoses may be cut to the desired length and come in various inside diameters. For use in paint applications, air hoses are standard i.d. s as follows: ¼”, 5/16”, and 3/8”. For fluid hoses the standard i.d. is ¼”, 3/8”, and ½”.

How many color changes and how much of each color will be sprayed during a shift? This will guide you into mixing only what you need to do the job and select the right size paint source for the job. Would you select a 15 gallon pot to spray a quart of material? No. You would select a size of paint supply to allow you to finish the job with the least amount of labor and materials. The correct size also makes cleaning the equipment less expensive.

Is the paint an air dry solvent enamel? Is the paint a plural component or reactive paint? Is it a waterborne chemistry? This is important because the types of materials the spray guns, cups, pots and pumps are made from react to different chemistries. For example some models like the TomCat, Tomahawk and CPR-T3 has plated brass fluid passages. The Lynx and Jaguar, Panther, CPR and Cat-X spray guns have stainless steel fluid passages. The material of construction for cups range from the plastic 3M PPS to one quart siphon and one quart aluminum pressure cups. The Techline 2 Quart Pressure Cup is aluminum. The 2 Quart Bandit is Stainless Steel. Pressure pots are either mild steel or stainless steel.

What is the cubic foot per minute of air required for the selected air cap? Do you have enough air supply volume and at pressure to atomize the product finish? If you have a limited supply of CFM (cubic feet per minute) will require the selection of a Low CFM gun and air cap.

  • What market will be served?
  • Will it be a general purpose application?
  • Will it be a fine finish wood application?
  • Will it be a corrosion control application such as the coating of water tower, or bridge?
  • Will abrasives be sprayed?
  • Will it be an architectural multicolor latex finish?
  • Will it be a high quality automotive refinish?

Each type of material to be sprayed may require a different gun or gun setup to properly apply the paint, coating or finish. The selection of nozzle and needle size will depend on if the coating material is:

  • A thin coating 14 to 21 Seconds #2 Zahn or 5 to 14 seconds #4 Ford Cup typically stains and lacquers.
  • A medium coating 20 to 30 seconds #2 Zahn or 18 to 28 seconds #4 Ford Cup typically enamels and urethanes.
  • A heavy coatings 30 seconds or greater #2 Zahn or 28 seconds + on a #4 Ford Cup, typically latex and epoxies.

The needle /nozzle size needs to be the correct size for the viscosity of the material to be sprayed. Range of sizes:

Millimeters

0.5

0.6

0.7

0.8

0.9

1

1.1

1.2

1.3

1.4

1.5

1.6

1.7

1.8

2.2

2.8

Inches

0.020

0.024

0.027

0.031

0.035

0.039

0.043

0.047

0.051

0.055

0.059

0.063

0.067

0.071

0.087

0.110




Conventional Air Spray Guns provide superior atomization such as:

· The Lynx 100C is a general purpose spray gun.

· The Lynx 300C is a fine finish spray gun.

· The Lynx 100C is for Architectural Multicolor Finishes

· The TomCat 100C is a economical general purpose conventional spray gun. Weight is 19 oz.

· The Tomahawk is a general purpose light weight (15 oz) conventional air spray gun.

· The Jaguar 300C is a fine finish gravity feed paint spray gun.

· The Lynx 100CVT is for spraying abrasives.

· The Panther 200Z is a rugged general purpose conventional air spray gun for spraying zinc rich coatings.

· The Panther 200C is a general purpose air spray gun for the corrosion control market.

· The Panther 100G is for applying adhesives and Panther P100G Waterborne.


The selection of an HVLP Spray Gun provides greater paint mileage.

· The Lynx 100H HVLP is a General Purpose device.

· The Lynx 300H HVLP is a Fine Finish Spray Gun.

· The C.A.T. SLP HVLP is a Fine Finish Spray Gun for fine finishing.

· The FE-Line is a Fine Finish weighing in at 15 oz.

· The FE-Line LCFM is a Fine Finish HVLP spray gun requiring only 6 CFM.

· Panther 200H is a Heavy Duty HVLP Spray Gun for use in harsh environments.

· The 60-TRBN -2 HVLP non-bleeder cup gun.

· The Jaguar 100H is a gravity feed general purpose HVLP Spray Gun.

· The Jaguar SLP HVLP Stainless Steel Low Pressure Fine finish HVLP Spray Gun.

· The TJR is an economically priced gravity feed mini HVLP spray gun.

· The Techline T3 HVLP Gravity Spray Gun is an economically priced.


The Compliant Spray Gun is the Best of Both Worlds offering Fine Finish of an Air Spray Gun while actually providing greater transfer efficiency of HVLP.

· The Cat-X is a Gravity Feed Fine Finish for wood or automotive refinish applications.

· The CPR-G C.A.T. Pressure Reduced Fine Finish Gravity Feed

· The CPR-FE is a C.A.T. Pressure Reduced Finish Excellent Fine Finish.

· The CPR-C.A.T. is a Pressure Reduced Fine Finish.

· The CPR-T3 is a C.A.T. Pressure Reduced Economy Gravity Feed Spray Gun.

The selection of the correct spray gun is important to the success of the finishing operation. If you are not clear on which spray gun will be the best for your application please contact us to aid in the selection process





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TomCat T100C Air Spray Gun TomCat T100C Air Spray Gun

The TomCat T100C is an economical general purpose conventional air spray gun for spraying a wide range of coatings. Designed for production use. The TomCat is perfect for all coatings from thin to thick, stain to glue. The gun can be used with internal mix nozzles as well as carbide tipped fluid nozzles for abrasives. This gun features a self-adjusting needle packing, inexpensive nozzle replacement and rugged construction. Specifications: Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Inlet 3/8" NPS (m) Weight 19 oz. Standard pressure setup 1.2 x 2263 air cap 14 CFM Medium, General Purpose Enamels, Lacquers

Contact us to *add $15.00 for ported head to accommodate pressure cup
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Tomahawk TommyGun Tomahawk General Purpose Air Spray Gun

The Tomahawk (Tommy Gun) is a general purpose economy light weight ergonomically designed, price competitive, high quality production sprayer. It is designed for the painter who wants a conventional air spray gun for spraying a wide range of coatings from glue to fine finish. Specifications: Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Nozzle 3/8" NPS (m) Weight 15 oz. Standard setup 1.2 fluid tip x 2263 air cap 14 CFM Medium Enamels, Lacquer and Adhesives.

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Auto MiniCat Auto MiniCat Automatic Gun 60-650

The MiniCat 60-650 is a fine finish conventional air spray automatic gun for precision finishing of small parts. Designed for production use, the MiniCat is perfect for any application that requires a fine line to a small round pattern.
Air Inlet 1/4" NPS(m)
Fluid Inlet 3/8" NPS(m)
Weight 5 oz.
Standard nozzles setup 0.7 x 21-M66-1 (other nozzles available)
Repair kit P/N 10-109

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Lynx 100C Air Spray Gun LYNX L100C Air Spray Gun

The Lynx 100C is a general purpose conventional air spray gun for spraying a wide range of coatings. Designed for production use, the L100C is perfect for spraying a wide range of coatings. Can be used with internal mix nozzles as well as carbide tipped fluid nozzles. This gun features a self adjusting needle and air valve packing, air adjusting valve and rugged construction. The Lynx Spray Gun comes standard with all stainless steel fluid passages. (Shown with internal mix set up)

Specifications:
Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m)
Fluid Inlet 3/8" NPS (m)
Weight 20 oz.

Standard setup 1.2 fluid tip x 2263 air cap 14 CFM   Medium General Purpose, Enamels, Lacquers.

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Lynx L200C Conventional Air Spray Gun Lynx L200C Corrosion Control Conventional Air Spray Gun

The Lynx L200C is a General Purpose conventional air spray gun.
This gun can be set up to spray hard to atomize corrosion control coatings. The Lynx 200C gun comes standard with stainless steel fluid passages. Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Inlet 3/8" NPS (m) Weight 20 oz. Standard setup 1.7 fluid tip x 22-2704 air cap 21 CFM General Purpose

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Lynx Multicolor Air Spray Gun LYNX 100C Multicolor Air Spray Gun

LYNX 100C Multicolor is a standard conventional air spray gun that is set up for spraying architectural, multicolor and latex finishes. the gun is fitted with an internal mix air cap, this gun sprays your desired finish with consistent results. The gun features self adjusting needle and air valve packing, air adjusting valve, lightweight and rugged construction. The Lynx gun comes standard with all stainless fluid passages.

Specifications:
Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m)
Fluid Inlet 3/8" NPS (m)
Weight 20 oz.

Standard setup 1.8 fluid tip x 224 internal mix air cap

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Lynx L300C Air Spray Gun LYNX L300C Air Spray Gun

The Lynx L300C is a fine finish conventional air spray gun for achieving the ultimate in fine atomization.  This professional tool is designed for production use. the gun is perfect for automotive and wood fine finish applications. The gun offers a self adjusting needle and air valve packing, air adjusting valve, light weight and rugged construction. this gun has stainless steel fluid passages and incorporates the patented 12 point plenum design. This patented design delivers a smaller and more uniform material particles providing an even and smooth finish.

Specifications:
Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m)
Fluid inlet 3/8" NPS (m)

Weight 20 oz.
(Pictured is an HVLP gun for image purposes only)
Standard setup  1.0 Fluid Tip x 2010 air cap 10.3 CFM Automotive Finishes, Fine Finish, Wood Coatings

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Panther 200C Corrosion Control Air Spray Gun Panther P200C Corrosion Control Air Spray Gun

The Panther P200C is a Premium Conventional Air Spray Gun designed for the corrosion control market. Designed for spraying in harsh environments, this gun has the break-up power to atomize heavy high solids coatings.

Specifications:
Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m)
Fluid Inlet 3/8" NPS (m)
Weight 20 oz.

Standard Setup 1.8 fluid tip x 2064 air cap 22CFM Heavy Body, Primers,

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Jaguar 300C Air Spray Gun Jaguar 300C Air Spray Gun

The C.A. Technologies Jaguar J300C is a conventional gravity feed air spray gun for spraying fine finish coatings. The gun has excellent break-up power to achieve the ultimate in atomization. Perfect for wood and automotive markets.

Specifications:
Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m)
Fluid Inlet 16m x 1.5
Weight: 20 oz.
Standard setup 1.3 fluid tip x 2013 air cap 10.3 CFM  Automotive Finishes, Fine Finish, Wood Coatings

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Autocat 100C General Purpose Automatic Air Spray Gun A100C Autocat Automatic Gun

The A100C is an industrial general purpose automatic air spray gun of the highest quality.
Designed for production use the Autocat is perfect for all coatings. The gun can be used external, internal mix and carbide tipped fluid nozzles.
Air Inlet: 1/4" NPS (m)
Fluid Inlet 3/8" NPS(m)
Weight 24 oz.
Standard nozzle setup:1.2 x 21-2263 14 CFM (other nozzles available) Please call to discuss gun setup.
Repair kit P/N 10-107

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A300C Autocat Fine Finish Automatic Gun A300C Autocat Fine Finish Automatic Gun

The A300C is a fine finish conventional air spray gun for achieving the ultimate in fine atomization. Designed for production use, the A300C is perfect for wood, automotive or any fine finish application. All stainless steel fluid passages and incorporates the patented 12-point plenum design.
Air Inlet: 1/4" NPS(m)
Fluid Inlet: 3/8" NPS(m)
Weight: 24 oz.
Standard nozzle setup 1.0 x 1010 (other nozzles available)
Repair Kit: 10-107

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A200C Autocat Corrosion Control Automatic Gun A200C Corrosion Control Automatic Gun

The A200C Corrosion Control Automatic Gun is a general purpose conventional automatic air spray gun with the power to atomize those hard to break up coatings.
Air Inlet: 1/4" NPS(m)
Fluid Inlet: 3/8" NPS(m)
Weight: 24 oz.
Standard nozzle setup: 1.8 x 2064 (other nozzle available)
Repair kit P/N 10-107

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Autocat Line Striping Gun A100CRM Autocat Road Marking Automatic Gun

Autocat General Purpose Road Marking Automatic Gun is designed for spraying road marking and line striping paints.
Air Inlet: 1/4" NPS(m)
Fluid Inlet: 3/8" NPS(m)
Weight: 24 oz.
Standard nozzle setup 2.8 x 21-2709. 5.75 CFM (other nozzles available)
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A100CVT General Purpose Tungsten Carbide Automatic Gun A100CVT Autocat Tungsten Carbide Automatic Gun

A100CVT Autocat General Purpose tungsten Carbide Automatic gun is designed for spraying abrasive materials, porcelains and ceramics. The fluid nozzle orifice and fluid needle tip are fabricated from tungsten Carbide for maximum tip life.
Air Inlet: 1/4" NPS(m)
Fluid inlet: 3/8" NPS(m)
Weight: 24 oz.
Standard nozzle setup: 2.2V x 2167 (other nozzles available)
Repair kit P/N 10-107

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A200CC Autocat Corrosion Control Recirculating Automatic Gun A200CC Autocat Corrosion Control Recirculating Automatic Gun

The A200CC is the same as the A200C with the addition of a recirculating feature to keep the paint from settling.

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There are several types of spray guns in use today. HVLP, Airless, Air Assisted Airless, and Electrostatic versions of each. However, it is hard to find a hand held finishing technology that can achieve better atomization than an air spray gun. Atomization is the key to a high quality paint film. The air cap, fluid nozzle and needle combination selection is very important. The paint viscosity (reduced with the correct solvent), paint fluid pressure and atomization air pressure, when correctly set, will produce the highest quality paint film possible.

If the goal is to produce the finest quality paint film possible, then serious consideration should be given to the humble air spray gun.



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