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I am looking to get a glaze sprayer and compressor to use for applying clear glaze to tiles, catch-all dishes and trays, and bowls...generally surfaces no larger than 12" x 16" and up to 10" deep. Low volume-not production. Looking at Bailey's guns-cone pattern-(unless a $38 paint sprayer from Home Depot is just as good??) but I know nothing about compressors (how much psi) for this purpose. Any tips, good experiences, suggestions, things to avoid will be appreciated. Seeking the best combo for the purpose, but also not looking to over-equip or over-spend. Thanks in advance. :)  

 

 

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This is a cheap alternative

http://www.harborfreight.com/high-volume-low-pressure-spray-gun-kit-44677.html

You would use it outside-its loud-I use it to spray slips for salt firing it also does glazes.

I posted the gun choices in another thread on sprayer last year as well.

I have about 4-6 guns for compressor use.

This all in one is cheap and a good start-use ear protection as its loud like a cheap vacuum cleaner.

Mark

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A inexpensive compressor with a tank, one or one and half hp would be good, I have the Webster spray gun.  I bought the Webster years ago because it was rated well, I still think it's a great sprayer.  We also have the HVLP set up Mark is referring to but I couldn't get the width of the spray adjusted down, it was good for 2ft. pots.  I have made a lot of tiles and prefer putting them on a rack and pouring glaze over them.  I set the rack over a rectangular plastic box so I can catch the glaze and reuse it,  I thin the glaze for pouring.  Denice

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Thanks--I had actually searched the forums first and read that thread, but I guess I got overwhelmed with trying to understand and look up all the factors, the numbers, the terminology-it got too confusing. I am trying to keep it simple (yeah, I know, good luck with that LOL) j.   It looks like a paint sprayer is not the way to go (so Bailey's looks good) and a small 1.5 hp (psi 25-90?) compressor from a local hardware store should do the trick. (don't want loud-will pay extra for less noise!) Will pour for tiles-thanks for that tip. Do you just set them flat and wax (or wipe) the back? 

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 (so Bailey's looks good) and a small 1.5 hp (psi 25-90?) compressor from a local hardware store should do the trick. (don't want loud-will pay extra for less noise!) 

If you are considering the Bailey's sprayer maybe have a look at the Critter. 68.50 for the Bailey one versus 43.87 for the Critter from Amazon, might be cheaper other places, I just googled it on Amazon. Looks like the same gun but Bailey's has replaced the glass jar with a plastic bottle and added a piece of foam on the handle.

 

I buy empty plastic glaze jars, remove the gun from the metal lid that the Critter comes on and drill out the holes in the plastic lid and replace the tiny set screws that hold it together. I wear out the tips after about a year of spraying but those are replaceable. (1.75 for jars at Bailey's, any empty glaze jar will work as long as the siphon tube fits the jar)

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If it's possible to put the compressor in another room and run the air hose to where you are spraying it helps cut down on the noise.

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LeeU I don't wax the tiles, I just scrape the edges where is rolls under  the tile and sponge any residue off the bottom.  I don't believe they make the Webster spray gun anymore but it looks just like a Critter.  On your compressor you will need one that can go to 90 psi and you'll want to be able to adjust the pressure.   Denice

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I recently bought a compressor from Harbor Freight on sale for $99.

First time I've actually sprayed glazes, but it works just fine.

I'm not usually one to buy on the cheap but it's got good reviews and bang for the buck.

I use a gravity feed sprayer handed down from my Dad from HF as well. ($15.99 new)

You don't need a lot of pressure, but you do want to spray outside, or have a spray booth, and wear a mask.

 

20 fl. oz. HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Gun 8 gal. 2 HP 125 PSI Oil Lube Air Compressor

 

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Thank you all so much--I am still doing my homework, so I have one more question...can anyone tell me whether this all-in-one unit might be good for me (I will only be doing clear glaze on small production, small pieces.) Just FYI, I will have to use my system indoors in a spray booth once the snow hits (NH-3 ft. deep & 0 degrees, essentially). I am "over" the noise issue and that will not be a factor LOL) . 

 

http://www.harborfreight.com/high-volume-low-pressure-spray-gun-kit-44677.html

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OH...duh....Mark already posted the all-in-one and I DID read it and look at it...my brain is just NOT in gear at all lately   :(    I think that unit may be best for me, especially with my limited space, as a place to start, even tho I will have to use it indoors. I'll get ear plugs! I went to Home Depot just to see compressors and look at the sizes and weights...I couldn't even get one up my steps and into the house without help.   Anyway-thanks again everyone. 

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Lee, can you put a different spray gun on that all in one?  Apparently they wear out after a time.  I use an inexpensive compressor and an inexpensive spray gun from Harbor Freight and have one for back up.  But I have not had to retire the original spray gun.....and that is pretty much all I do.  Spray. 

 

Roberta

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So I am at the point where I want to add some spray effects to some of my pots as well as the graduation of color from one glaze to another seems the easiest using a spray gun. 

 

How did everyone's spraying experience go? I see a lot of people tried different options. Curious to see which ended up being the most successful? 

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Just want to update that I did not go with the all-in-one, I got a regular compressor and  2 guns  from Harbor Freight - similar to Rex's - good prices and the tech guy was patient and thorough with all my questions. I have been ill and have not used it yet, but I can tell I'm gonna love it! 

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