Turbine HVLP paint sprayer Vs Compressor HVLP paint sprayers

Benefit for Turbine HVLP sprayer:

1) Complete Portability typically 20 lbs.

2) Built in filter system

3) All Self contained

4) Fast operation with heated material

4) Excellent finish quality

5) Very Low Overspray – Great for indoor applications

SGW: We prefer the 4 Stage turbine. If you are going to spend this much money on a turbine system, the added power of an under powered turbine (as compared to our compressor guns) will greatly benefit from the extra stage. We do carry 3 stage turbines for serious DIYs.

We also prefer the quiet turbine units. One of the greatest complaints we have of tubines was their annoying vaccume cleaner whine. The Fuji quiet compressors while, more expensive, have 50% less noise. Now, that’s a winner!

Benefit for Compressed air HVLP paint sprayers:

1) Highest Finish Quality

2) Compressor can be used with other tools

3) More versatile setups

We prefer the 4 Stage turbine. If you are going to spend this much money in a turbine system, the added power of an already under powered turbine (as compared to our compressor guns) will greatly benefit from the extra stage. We do carry 3 stage turbines Here

We also prefer the quiet turbine units. One of the greatest complaints we have of tubines was their annoying vaccume cleaner whine. The Fuji quiet compressors while, more expensive, have 50% less noise. Now, that’s a winner!

Top of the Line System 4 State Quiet 4 w/ New! XT2 Pressure Assisted

2-stage vs. 3-stage vs. 4-Stage Turbines sprayers

When portability, lightweight design and a fully self contained system with filtration both fluid and air is required, look at a Turbine HVLP.
About the size of a bread box, Turbines are terrific for painters who are on the go! just don’t have the room for a larger compressor or just want the option of a professional finish where ever they might want it without the hassle of a larger compressor.

By choosing a powerful 4 stage turbine you can get a professional top quality finish comparable to compressor driven HVLP.

2 Stage Turbines are very small and cute but deliver very little power and are not recommended for professional painters.

3 Stage turbines are the lowest you should go for a professional finish. The Fuji Mini Mite 3x is the strongest 3 stage on the market and is a terrific value.

4 Stage turbines are the standard for professional finishers. You can never have too much power when working with today’s modern paints. The stronger motor provides better atomization for your material, allows you to use a longer hose, and allows you to spray thicker materials like latex with ease.

Remember compressor HVLP are not interchangeable with Turbine HVLP. You CAN convert it about $100, but the cost makes it not worth it.

We also carry the quietest Turbine on the Market. The Q4 by Fuji is a terrific powerful turbine unit with very little noise. 50% quieter than regular turbine units.

What is a turbine stage?

Turbine HVLP uses a bypass vacuum motor in the box. This unit has fans (called ‘stages’) driving and moving the air at one end and its own small cooling fan at the other. In between the stages and the cooling fan are the copper windings necessary to power the motor. It is these copper windings that provide heat and evaporation to provide warm clean air.

The cooling fan is secured to the same shaft (rotor) as the main stages (fans). What this means is that all fans, including this small cooling fan, rotate at 19,000-21,000rpm (depending on the motor and certain conditions). This warms the air and the material to provide a finer flow. As you can see the more fans the more power, the more better.

Turbine Nozzle Size Conversion

The fluid jet and needle MUST always match exactly. However, the spraycap/air nozzle may be one size up or down from the norm. The sizes No.3 and 4 setups are both ideal for all fine finishing. 3 different setups are available as accessories. Generally speaking, the quality of atomization and finish suffers as you go to the largest size setups (No.5 and 6). Please note that the chart offers you a starting point only as to the setup size to be used. The best way to decide is by experimentation. If you are using the No. 3 setup and wish to spray faster, wetter then switch to No. 4.

IF YOU DO NOT INTEND ON SPRAYING WALLS & CEILINGS THEN THE ONLY TWO SETUPS YOU WOULD EVER NEED WOULD BE THE #3 AND THE #4.

Size # 3 – 1.0 mm (.039″) FINE TO MEDIUM OUTPUT

Most ‘fine-finishing’. WATER-BASED LACQUERS, NITROCELLULOSE LACQUERS, SEALERS, CELLULOSE, ACRYLICS, SYNTHETICS, POLYURETHANE, STAINS, VARNISH, GLITTER PAINTS, PRIMERS. Please note thicker material must be thinned as much as 30%. Thinning beyond manufacturers specs should not affect finish quality if done properly. No latex and house enamels with this tip.

Size # 4 – 1.4mm (.055″) MEDIUM OUTPUT

Similar to No. 3 but more coverage. Especially suitable for AUTOMOTIVE ENAMELS, NITROCELLULOSE LACQUER, CATALYZED LACQUERS and LATEX where finer finish is required such as louver doors, trim, cabinets (see section above about Latex). Also good for VARNISHES and OIL-BASED PAINTS. Latex paint must be thinned 20%-30%. We recommend floetro, extender or Penetrol.

Size # 5 – 1.8mm (.070″) HIGH OUTPUT

Larger surfaces, thick layers, spotted effects. SEALERS, VARNISH, POLYURETHANE, OIL BASE PAINTS, ENAMELS, EPOXY, PLASTIC, ADHESIVES, FLOOR PAVING PAINTS, LATEX (on walls) SPLATTER PAINTS, MULTI-FLECK ETC.

Size # 6 – 2.2mm (.086″) EXTRA HIGH OUTPUT

Very heavy flows, fast coverage. STONE FINISH PAINTS, TEXTURE COATING, INDUSTRIAL PRIMERS, LATEX (on walls, ceilings) ETC.