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Nicely-Priced HVLP North Pole AK

Overall I was able to get a reasonably good finish from the Earlex 3000. It wasn't perfect, but spraying a finish is much quicker than brushing. If you're interested in trying out HVLP finishes, this unit is a good starting point.

The Home Depot
(907)451-9003
601 Johansen Expressway
Fairbanks, AK
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

Spenard Builders Supply- Fairbanks
907-450-2200
2460 Phillips Field Road Fairbanks, AK, 99701
Fairbanks, AK
 
Denali Industrial Supply Inc
907-452-4524
2800 Cushman St Fairbanks, AK, 99701
Fairbanks, AK
 
Fairbanks - B
(907) 474-4400
3115 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:11-18
Store Features
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:11-18

The Home Depot
(907)451-9003
601 Johansen Expressway
Fairbanks, AK
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

Fastenal- Fairbanks
907-455-8600
3580 Cartwright Ct Unit A Fairbanks, AK, 99701
Fairbanks, AK
 
Samson True Value Hardware
(907) 452-3110
1990 Phillips Field Rd
Fairbanks, AK
 
Lowe's
(907) 451-4700
425 Merhar Avenue
Fairbanks, AK
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

The Home Depot
(907) 276-2006
400 Rodeo Pl
Anchorage, AK
 
The Home Depot
(907)283-2228
10480 Spur Highway
Kenai, AK
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

Nicely-Priced HVLP

Nicely-Priced HVLP

    

You can spend plenty of dough on an HVLP (high volume low pressure) spray system, so I was surprised to see the price on the Earlex HVLP 3000.  At $120, it looked like it might be too good to be true.  Now that I've run lots of finish through the unit, I'm impressed. I covered the gamut with this unit, spraying solvent-based shellac, lacquer, and polyurethane, as well as water-based polyurethane. Low viscosity products, like shellac and some water-based polys, will spray better if you get a needle kit specifically designed for them.  This adds $25 to the price. The Earlex 3000 does have some compromises compared to higher-end units.  Airflow is either on or off, not adjustable.  This means you can't finesse the droplet size as the finish comes out of the gun, which can affect the look of the finished product. And at 9-ft. 6-in., the hose is quite short.  I nearly pulled the turbine off my bench when I stretched the hose too far. Overall I was able to get a reasonably good finish from the Earlex 3000.  It wasn't perfect, but spraying a finish is much quicker than brushing. If you're interested in trying out HVLP finishes, this unit is a good starting point.

Source
Earlex,(888) 783-2612, www.earlex.com, Earlex HVLP 3000, $120. Thin Finish needle kit, HVACC10R, $24.99.


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