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Old 10-03-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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air compressor for painting?

How small of an air compressor can I get away with for painting? Cheap in price that will get the job done. Something that won't have to refill every 5 seconds when painting.
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depends on what you are paint, more surface area bigger tank needed. You will need a regulator and air drier also. 50 gallon I would say is the smallest you want with a 3 hp motor.
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depends on what you are paint, more surface area bigger tank needed. You will need a regulator and air drier also. 50 gallon I would say is the smallest you want with a 3 hp motor.
50 Gallon, or did you mean 5 Gallon?
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50 Gallon, or did you mean 5 Gallon?
I like a bigger tank so I dont have to have the compressor running constantly.


OP you need 8-20 cfm at 15-30 psi. You can get several different compressors some with bigger tanks and smaller motors or some with bigger motors and smaller tanks. Nothing sucks more then to have a compressor that cant run a tool even if its not something used often.
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I would even say 60 gallon if you're spraying a car. I wouldn't try it with one of those small oil-less compressors.
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I would even say 60 gallon if you're spraying a car. I wouldn't try it with one of those small oil-less compressors.
Agreed. 60+ gallons.

I have a 15HP 250 gallon air compressor and it starts up and runs every 2-3 minutes of spraying.

I tried using an 80 gallon tank one time (when our main compressor was down) and it never stopped running as I was spraying. I actually had to stop a few times to let the air catch up because I was getting limp sprays outta the gun.

whatever compressor you use, make sure to have proper filtration, nothings worse than spraying your stuff and having water and oil from the compressor spitting out through the gun. ruins the whole day.
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I appreciate it guys. I will look into this, may have to save up some money. I also saw a roll on technique with a mixture of rustoleum and mineral spirits. Still researching that possibility. I'm cheap
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I appreciate it guys. I will look into this, may have to save up some money. I also saw a roll on technique with a mixture of rustoleum and mineral spirits. Still researching that possibility. I'm cheap
If you are spraying bike tins and have a gun you can use my compressor. I dont have a dryer but its plenty big enough for anything you want to spray. I do have a oil water separator and regulator so its ready for basic stuff.
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I appreciate it guys. I will look into this, may have to save up some money. I also saw a roll on technique with a mixture of rustoleum and mineral spirits. Still researching that possibility. I'm cheap
If you're going the inexpensive route, consider renting an airless paint rig or HVLP airless paint rig for a weekend. Wayyyy cheaper than buying a compressor plus gun plus other accessories. Granted, the paint quality won't be as good as a pro setup but it'll be better than the roll on or spray can job. Shoot me a PM if you're interested.
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