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Anyone out there have experience with using a turbine sprayer, like Apollo or FujiSpray, for automotive applications? Experiences or thoughts?
 
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I have spent several hours skimming websites and Youtube trying to learn about these turbine HVLP paint systems. I believe I would prefer a gravity fed gun. When comparing similarly psi rated systems they are are closely priced. The options for nozzles & hose length are all I pick up right away.
 

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I've been using one of TP Tools systems for a number of years: TP Tools 3-Stage HVLP Turbine Paint Systems - TP Tools & Equipment - https://www.tptools.com/TP-Tools-3-Stage-HVLP-Turbine-Paint-Systems.html

I like it. Don't have to worry about moisture or oil in the air supply.
I looked at the TP Tool systems as well. I liked what I saw except for the size...not that it's huge, but I thinking of use in other applications. I periodically do some home renovation work on the side and I was thinking the smaller FujiSpray would be easier to transport and use inside for cabinets, etc. no matter the size/layout of the place. I guess really the auto painting part would be the secondary use, but I want something that gives a chance at a quality finish.

What psi do you you generally use for auto application? I've looked all over at the specs between Fuji's Mini-Mite 4 and Mini-Mite 5 for the definitive differences and all I can find is the 5 can produce .5 more psi and comes with a few more accessories.

I have spent several hours skimming websites and Youtube trying to learn about these turbine HVLP paint systems. I believe I would prefer a gravity fed gun. When comparing similarly psi rated systems they are are closely priced. The options for nozzles & hose length are all I pick up right away.
In a perfect world...yes...I would have an awesome compressor and the whole setup, but needing to keep my household "mobile" for work, I'm thinking a turbine setup may be the best compromise. While I'm figuring this out, go ahead and get your gravity fed high pressure system set up and I swing by to test it out ;)
 
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I looked at the TP Tool systems as well. I liked what I saw except for the size...not that it's huge, but I thinking of use in other applications. I periodically do some home renovation work on the side and I was thinking the smaller FujiSpray would be easier to transport and use inside for cabinets, etc. no matter the size/layout of the place. I guess really the auto painting part would be the secondary use, but I want something that gives a chance at a quality finish.

What psi do you you generally use for auto application? I've looked all over at the specs between Fuji's Mini-Mite 4 and Mini-Mite 5 for the definitive differences and all I can find is the 5 can produce .5 more psi and comes with a few more accessories.


In a perfect world...yes...I would have an awesome compressor and the whole setup, but needing to keep my household "mobile" for work, I'm thinking a turbine setup may be the best compromise. While I'm figuring this out, go ahead and get your gravity fed high pressure system set up and I swing by to test it out ;)
I probably used the wrong term when I said "gravity" fed. I think I would prefer the paint reservoir to be on top of the gun not on the bottom. I am convinced I can paint my 40 and I think a turbine system is the tool for the job. The lack of noise, over spray, the size, the flexibility all are appealing.
 

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I probably used the wrong term when I said "gravity" fed. I think I would prefer the paint reservoir to be on top of the gun not on the bottom. I am convinced I can paint my 40 and I think a turbine system is the tool for the job. The lack of noise, over spray, the size, the flexibility all are appealing.

Fuji (haven’t checked other brands) gives you the option of 3 different guns...bottom, top, and side mounted feeds.
 

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I looked at the TP Tool systems as well. I liked what I saw except for the size...not that it's huge, but I thinking of use in other applications. I periodically do some home renovation work on the side and I was thinking the smaller FujiSpray would be easier to transport and use inside for cabinets, etc. no matter the size/layout of the place. I guess really the auto painting part would be the secondary use, but I want something that gives a chance at a quality finish.

What psi do you you generally use for auto application? I've looked all over at the specs between Fuji's Mini-Mite 4 and Mini-Mite 5 for the definitive differences and all I can find is the 5 can produce .5 more psi and comes with a few more accessories.

I have the older Showtime 90 setup. It runs 60 cfm of air at 5 psi. Their new model, the Showtime 99, runs 60 cfm of air at 7.5 psi. They say that the increased pressure provides better paint atomization when spraying resulting in a smoother finish and less sanding prior to buffing.

Depending on what you're planning to spray for home improvement projects, I'm not sure that you really want a "one and done" system. Automotive finishes are a lot thinner than architectural finishes. I've got a Graco airless sprayer for "architectural" finishes and even an inexpensive electric sprayer (would have to look at the brand) for spraying things like exterior waterproofing for the fence and deck.
 

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After quite a bit of reading/researching and a lot of back and forth comparison, I finally decided on a FujiSpray mini-mite 4. I found a website that offered a package deal with free shipping, a few accessories, the side mounted swivel feed gun for spraying at all angles, AND 2 additional air cap sets. According to Fuji, this gives me all the major components to do primer, base, and clear for under my $1K budget.

Since I just picked up another tuck that needs a repaint, I needed to make up my mind. The package should ship in 7-10 days. I'm looking forward to giving it a try and sharing my results.

*For those wondering why I'm not just going with a traditional compressor setup...I'm in the Army and need to be able to pack up and move easily. One day I'll be a able to settle down and actually put together a dedicated shop.
 

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