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the compressor should be large enough to allow you to spray for a longish time once you pull the trigger.  small ones that are intended for tools that only use a jet of air to work a tool like a nail gun will break down if you spray for any length of time.  if the noise bothers you, put it in another space with closed doors between you and it.  make sure it has enough air around it, do not put it in a closet.  get a longer hose.

 

i killed the first one i used, it was a hot dog shape and only 2 gallons.  now have an old one from sears at least 10 gallons, used an old one that was 8 gallons for years and now have a new 10 gallon tank.  only one horsepower.  

 

make sure the fittings and hose are new and tight.  if you hear or feel air escaping from the connections, get them fixed.  all that leaking air puts a strain on the motor.

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I got my second powerful from eBay after screwing around with two new compressors.I didn't like the low pressure high volume because I could only use the spray gun that came with it and not my Geil spray gun. Gave a two gallon one from Sears to a friend because it just didn't fit my needs.

 

 I like being able to used different pressures for filling tires, or an airbrush. But constant use over a long period makes it hot. I don't spray for long periods at a time.It works for me.

Marcia

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If you search the forums you will find a lot of info--I got useful feedback recently searching for the right gun and compressor. I got everything I needed from Harbor Freight for less than $200.  68740 compressor and 94572 guns

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I tried spraying with my husbands HVLP set up that he bought from Harbor Freight but couldn't get it adjusted to the spray I wanted, fortunately I was spraying 2-2ft. pots and they could handle the spray pattern.   Denice   

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The compressor that LeeU mentioned is about the smallest that I would recommend. Campbell Hausfeld makes one that looks the same, probably cost a little more and may be easier to acquire in Canada. These are not quiet, but most compressors that will run a larger air gun are noisy. The easiest thing to do is put the compressor in another room or temporarily out side and run a hose. The Campbell Hausfeld 3/8" PVC Air Hose is pretty good. Steer clear of the smaller hose. You can buy a quiet compressor, but they are expensive.

 

The HVLP gun mentioned is good for larger items. For those of you that  find it a little on the heavy side, use less fluid in the cup, a little goes a log way. You might try looking for a HVLP detail or touch up gun. Finding the right tip size in a detail gun may be a little tougher.

 

I don't own a Critter gun, But I have heard good things about them.

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I use Critter guns, love them. I can get about a year out of a nozzle tip before it wears down, they sell replacement ones. Also, I would recommend loosing the glass jar that comes with them and use a plastic jar. The pint size ones that commercial glaze comes in are a good fit, can buy them empty from some ceramic supply places. Take the gun part off the metal lid that comes with the Critter and drill out the lid of the plastic jar with corresponding holes and replace the set screws. Glass jars just don't seem like a good idea with glazing, plus they are heavier.

 

Not sure where you are in Canada but if you have a Princess Auto by you they sell a small HVLP gun, gravity fed not siphon like the Critter, which is also very good. I find the nozzle size of 0.8 is nice for small stuff, it doesn't hold much glaze so best suited for small areas.  If you do get this one then I would suggest taking the filter out of it and tossing it. It's just a pain, keeps clogging up and you don't need it. Spray pattern is about 3" so you don't waste a lot of glaze for small areas. 

 

This is the Princess Auto one http://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/powerfist-hvlp-mini-gravity-feed-paint-spray-gun/A-p8155582e;jsessionid=68zV5E21LT5ol+pn-kqL+6qB.pal-prod-com3 (and it's on sale : D )

 

I would also suggest buying comfortable hearing protection.

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I like a small oil free compressor. I have one from the 80s no longer made-I noticed AcmeTools.com sells a oil free small Senco for around $129- $150-4 amp motor.o6 CFM at 100 psi-120 psi max. Model 993808 1hp 1 gallon-this one is almost like mine.It also sells on Amazon for $111.

these smaller units work for most things and are very quiet-they are also small-they are made to run finish/brad nailers

My old one is good for airbrush and  works  with all my other sprayers as well.

These small units are very quiet and will work for most here looking for a small compressor to run a glaze gun with.

Mark

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I like a small oil free compressor. I have one from the 80s no longer made-I noticed AcmeTools.com sells a oil free small Senco for around $129- $150-4 amp motor.o6 CFM at 100 psi-120 psi max. Model 993808 1hp 1 gallon-this one is almost like mine.It also sells on Amazon for $111.

these smaller units work for most things and are very quiet-they are also small-they are made to run finish/brad nailers

My old one is good for airbrush and  works  with all my other sprayers as well.

These small units are very quiet and will work for most here looking for a small compressor to run a glaze gun with.

Mark

Hi Mark,

 

Since my dipping technique really sucks, I want to start spraying my glazes (never tried it) and I'm really disoriented as to what compressor to get.

I've read every thread about it here and yours interested me because I can't have a noisy compressor and it sounds like yours is the ticket - nice and quiet.

The only thing I wonder about is the CFM/psi specs. That Senco 993808 you recommend, is it powerful enough to spray pieces the size of a bathroom sink nice and evenly, say? (the end result should look like dipping). I gather I need to use a HVLP spray gun for that (as opposed to an airbrush?

If that's the case, I'm buying it NOW!!

Please let me know when you get a chance (the sooner the SO much better!!  :D )

Thanks so much!

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The compressor is going to be where the money is going to go.

the oil-less (oil free)? compressors are usually pretty loud, this

will include the small to medium pancake compressors and they will be running a lot

while you are spraying. I don't think you will find a really quiet compressor for much

under $175.00, I could be wrong but I've been looking for years. In fact, if anyone

knows where to find one..... I ended buying a small piston pump from a surplus

place and hooking it up to an old tank from a burnt out pancake compressor for a

nail gun it only makes 35psi but with the volume of air in the tank I can get by

good luck,

 

graybeard

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As I said my old small compressor is 3.5 amps has no cfm rating and does handle all my spray guns. I paid 300$ for it in 1980

Its no longer made is super quiet and one can talk around it.It is oiless

Most modern one are louder

Heres my unit 

 

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