I was wondering if anyone would recommend the economy pressure feed gun setup from Finish Systems? 1.4MM HVLP gun, 2.5 gallon pot, 25' hose set - $442.86. I like the price.
From contributor C:
I use this company and am always happy there. What are you planning on spraying? Might need to get a bigger tip also.
I've had good luck with some cheap guns. Some ended up in the trash after the 1st or 2nd use (they mostly start out good, many deteriorate fast, some are complete junk, some have held up fine and work great). My CAT guns are okay, but I love my Accuspray 19 gun. If you start with a good gun, you can avoid the period of time between now and when you eventually get one - when some jobs randomly take 2 - 3 times longer because of double or triple the estimated sanding time and hassle of recoats. No gun will save you from this, especially if you have no experience with the stuff, but after I got my Accuspray it sure made a difference in quality and consistency. The CAT guns came later and I wasn't as impressed. If I'm giving something my all, I stick with the same Accuspray gun every step of the way, just cleaning and changing needles, nozzles, and air caps. I'm sure there are other guns that are just as good, but this is what I ended up with, and until I start looking at AAA systems, this does the trick.
That said, maybe the extra money you save on the economy gun could purchase other tools or accessories that would make your work more efficient than just a nicer spray gun - you can definitely get by with the gun you've asked about. If I was just starting out I would get the economy gun with a 1.1 tip in addition to the 1.4 included; after getting the hang of it I would upgrade to the better gun and save the cheap gun for primer or sealer duty. I also wouldn't imagine needing a pressure pot just getting started. Filling a cup doesn't take that long. For most of the applications I can think of, you're going to be the bottleneck until you get some experience. Any time you save using the pressure pot will be lost with additional cleaning. Look into the pressure fed PPS cup. You could get a really nice gun with extra tips and the PPS package and save some money over the setup you listed.
The point of the two regulators is so you can run whatever pressure you want to the pot, and have control of fluid and gun pressure independently, at the pot. My pots have one regulator, and the manifold where the guns/pots hook up already have regulators and a dedicated filter setup. I control the gun pressure at the manifold, then I adjust the fluid pressure at the pot - your pressure pot will use hardly any pressure, way less than any gun. Basically, if you're already regulating your air pressure for spraying, you really only need one regulator to lower the pressure to the pot.
I don't do a whole lot, probably spray 5-10 gallons a month on average, sometimes much more, but not often.