Mini Mite 4 sprayer


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Old 04-28-13, 08:14 AM
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Mini Mite 4 sprayer

Does anyone have experience with the Fuji Mini Mite 4 and latex paint? I am considering Benj. Moore Advance or SW Pro Classic for several pieces of furniture.
 
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Welcome to the forums Ricky!

I've never used the Fuji Mini Mite and rarely use any HVLP paint system other than the HVLP coversion guns that run off of a conventional air compressor. It's hard to say how well it will do with latex paints but latex paints will require the largest cap [tip] size they offer. Smaller tips would require drastic thinning of the latex paint for it to atomize properly.

I've sprayed a lot of SWP's ProClassic waterborne enamel but always used an airless. I mainly sprayed doors. Maybe one of our members will have hands on experience with the type of sprayer you are considering.
 
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I only have experience with my Apollo HVLP turbine and gun. HVLP kits typically come with nozzles and air caps sized for spraying coatings like laquer. Latex paint is going to be much thicker than those coatings. I've only sprayed waterborne finish with the gun. The pigmented versions of the finish were very viscous, but not quite as much as latex paint would be. Even with the largest air cap and nozzle, I'd had to thin the finish quite a bit. If I were to try to spray latex, I think I would have to thin it with water a lot. Sure, you could do that, but how does that affect the paint? I really don't know. I know it will make each coat very thin and very likely ro run on vertical surfaces.
 
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A long time ago I was in a bind and had to spray latex thru a conventional cup gun. It had to be thinned drastically to atomize which also meant there was more overspray. Because the paint was so thin, it took many multiple thin coats to get coverage without runs/sags. Another issue is with the air coming out of the tip it tended to make the paint dry on the tip where you had to repeatedly clean it for it to spray properly. I would not want to do that again!

The HVLP manufactures claim they have tips that will shoot latex paint although I'd be surprised if it could do so without thinning the paint. I have never shot latex thru an HVLP so I can't say for sure if/how it does.
 
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pigmented lacquer

The manufacturer claims latex will spray with this 4 stage turbine, but I not getting a lot of encouraging feedback. So, what about pigmented lacquer? Can I get an opaque finish similar to paint. My projects are new dark stained wood which will need complete covering. I have local access to Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Woodcraft stores. Thanks......
 
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Solvent based coatings almost always spray better than latex when you are using a low pressure system.
 
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pigmented lacquer

Thanks for your responses. I am a newbie to colored lacquers having only used clear out of spray cans. Will opaque lacquer cover like paint? Are numerous color possibilities available, or will I have to mix my own?
 
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I'm not 100% certain I know what an opaque lacquer is but there are lacquer based paints. I've sprayed them on both automotive applications and interior woodwork. Lacquer finishes dry fast and have a quick recoat time but don't dry to near as hard a finish as most of today's enamels.
 
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Do you think I should look for pigmented lacquer or just go with oil based paint?
 
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It depends on the job at hand. Lacquer has a quick turn around time, doesn't have to be sanded for the next coat of lacquer to be applied and multiple coats can be applied if you need to sand or buff the coating to a fine finish. Oil base dries harder and will generally wear better.
 
 

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