Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 24
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CT Yes, you can use this to paint furniture
I could not find this answer, so I had to figure it out mostly through research and trial and error. Hopefully this review will help someone who is wondering, "Can I use this to paint cabinets or furniture?"
The answer is yes - if used with the certain tools and processes. I refinished the cabinets in two bathrooms and also refinished a dresser and dining table recently and everything looks beautiful, but it was a lot of work!
1.8 horsepower 8 gallon compressor with 5 SCFM at 40 PSI - this is about the minimum air compressor that I think would work for a project like this. You can expect to get maybe 1 light coat on a cabinet door front or maybe a few drawer faces before the compressor will need to refill. If you do not turn it off while spraying, it will basically run constantly. If refilled too quickly too often, it can overheat and stop.
This Husky Gravity feed composite air gun - this gun actually comes with 2 tips: 1.4 and 2.2 (yes, the specs online were incorrect, the parts are labelled). I only used the 2.2 and it did a great job with thinned primer (water and oil base) and Benjamin Moore Advance paint (more details on that shortly). It takes practice and I always start with a fresh scrap canvas to get the pattern right and re-familiarize myself with the gun. I cleaned the gun meticulously after each session and also kept the nozzle clean with a rag and thinner between spraying each couple of pieces.
In line water and oil separator - apparently it keeps condensation water from coming back into your paint. I used it and had no problems but I could see the water building up in there.
25 foot PVC 3/8 inch hose - I heard some bad things about working with a PVC hose, but it has been just fine for me. Apparently you can lose some power with a 50 ft hose, and since my compressor was right on the edge of having enough SCFM, I went with 25 feet. Also, apparently using multiple quick-connect couplings can decrease power, so I used only threaded fittings with plumber's tape on each connection (with the exception of the one quick-connect on the compressor itself). I also used disposable nylon micro paint strainer filters to keep any sediment or chunks out of the hopper.
Paint Selection and Thinning:
I used a Ford #4 cup to measure and notate viscosity (measured in time). Generally, if I could get it down to 45 seconds or 1 minute it would spray well through the 2.2 nozzle. I also used a small helix mixer chucked in a drill to really mix the thinner and paint thoroughly, which also seemed to improve sprayability. I did two light coats of primer, either water or oil-based as outlined below.
I used a bit of an expensive waterborne bonding primer (acrylic-urethane primer-sealer) which worked as well as advertised. I found that a mixture of 10 oz primer and 2 tbsp distilled water would yield 45 seconds and spray very well. This primer is recommended for cabinet work and has exceptional adhesion. I did two primer coats on each side. The only problem is that any areas with bare wood would "bleed color" through this primer.
So, I used a stain-covering oil based primer on bare wood, which is an interior oil-based primer and found that I needed to use 4 tbsp of mineral spirits with 9 oz of primer to get under 1 minute, and then it finally sprayed well, but not as easy to work with or clean up as waterborne options. I used this on any bare wood because, in my experience, it completely stops any "color bleed". This stuff works well but has strong fumes and is extremely difficult to clean out of the gun.
For the paint I selected a specialty waterborne interior alkyd - and found that needed 9 oz of paint thinned with 2 tbsp of distilled water to get down to 55 seconds and then it sprayed very easily. This paint product can take a few weeks to cure depending on temperature and humidity. It is recommended for cabinets because it has excellent leveling, cures extremely hard, and looks like a traditional alkyd finish. It really sprays wonderfully. My cabinets appear to be fully cured after 2 weeks in an average of 65% humidity and a 70-90 degree temperature range. I did 2 light coats with this to finish the project, 3 coats on a few pieces for extra coverage. I let each coat dry for at least 24 hours before the next.
Technique and Notes:
I tried spraying cabinet doors and drawer faces vertically and horizontally. The horizontal method of laying them down is much easier and allows the paint to level out over any small imperfections. They are also easier to transport in this orientation. It was better to do light coats because a heavier coat would run and sag, especially on any vertically positioned panels. I purchased a "paint gun holder stand" and think that it was worth it as well so that I could set the gun down whenever needed.
This goes without saying, but 90% of the process is prep work. Cleaning, scuff sanding for adherence, spackling & sanding dents and scratches, and caulking seams will result in a flawless finish. I lightly sanded after the second primer coat with 320 grit to give the finish coat the best possible base.
I had no idea how big of a mess this would make. I built a little paint area and backstop in my garage with a fan blowing the outwards. There was paint dust in every corner and crevice of every item and tool in my garage and it took a few full days to get everything cleaned off. I had to shop-vac and mop the concrete floors a few times. A full respirator and goggles are required because the air is filled with actual paint, not just paint fumes. Next time I would build an enclosed air-tight booth with ventilation or do it outside. I would also put everything in trash bags and then seal them as well.
September 24, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Paingun Husky (pain) gun
May be one of the worst purchases I have made, nothing works correctly, try to save a few bucks and that's what you get. Big waste of time and money. I had to give it one star or the app would not let me move forward to submit.
October 5, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by KitchenCabinetProj Great Gun
Good quality spray gun. you will have to fine tune it when getting started and keep the air compressor pressure adjusted slightly lower than recommended to get the best result.
September 9, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by John husky gravity gun
Works really good painted my street rod w/it. 90 percent of the time its user error that causes a bad paint job not the gun.
December 23, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CT Specifications Correction
I have not used this gun yet. However, I have inspected it thoroughly and wanted to provide an update in case anyone was planning to make a purchase based on the specs here.
The gun actually does come with two cap/nozzle sets: 1.4 and 2.2, they are each labeled
Otherwise, it appears to be very high quality and looks like an excellent value. I will update the review if necessary soon. Thanks!
July 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WOW2010 Arlington, TX
This is the handiest sprayer I have ever owned! It is easy to use and clean up.
July 5, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MontanaMark Does good job
This was my first experience with a gravity feed, so there was a learning curve.
June 14, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by edieb Does a great job at what it is designed to do
My husband repairs and repaints antique tractors to sell. This Husky gravity feed spray gun works like a champ for spraying the hood, fenders, body and wheels of the tractor. But for tighter spots and upside down spraying, a bottom feed sprayer works better. This Husky spray gun has a really good feel to it. It has several settings. The controls are conveniently located on the rear of the gun. It produces a fine even spray which helps prevent drips. Best of all, this spray gun is able to efficiently cover more area with less paint. It is easy to clean and even comes with the tools to do it. This gun is NOT FOR LATEX PAINT. All in all this spray gun does a very good job doing what it is designed to do . Buy with confidence.
May 19, 2014