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Kremlin vs HVLP Finish Quality6/24
Looking to get some feedback on the Kremlin Airmix AAA vs conventional HVLP when it comes to finish quality. I mostly do custom pieces so I am not doing high volume. Typically spraying one piece at a time, 2-3 times a month. The price of the Kremlin is not an issue and the main goal is to get the highest quality finish I can. Question is, will I notice a difference in quality stepping up to the Kremlin? Any other methods/products I should be looking at? Currently using a DeVilbiss Tekna Pro conventional gun. Thanks all!
The general answer is no. The main reasons for going to AAA are speed, convenience and the ability to spray with a lightweight gun at any angle (although this can be achieved with a pressure pot).
There are exceptions, I'm sure, depending on what you're spraying, your booth, etc., but a good quality conventional rig can achieve results just as good as AAA.
For the record, I use an AAA for almost everything and I love it.
Just for everyones info:
for a the best finish give me a binks 7 gun or a devilbiss mbc gun
there is reason they are still being made after about 40 years
+1 for what Herb said.
Great info, thanks all! I'm going to look into that mbc gun.
Spraying for almost fifty years now. I still have maybe five or six Banks Model 7 guns. Learned to spray with them and would sworn nothing could ever be better.
Well, guess what? I've never picked one up since the day I first pulled the trigger on my Kremlin AAA about 10 years ago. It fits the hand like a glove, an extension of your fingers and super light. Minimizes overspray by tons. Finish levels out much superior to any Binks #7 ever did. The savings in lacquer volume have paid off my Kremlins in less than one year.
Kinda drifted here, I believe the question was Kremlin vs HVLP, so not sure how Binks Model 7's came into the picture, but I figured I'd respond to that part of this thread. And I respect every person posting here - we're all family and that's big in my book! So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
I'll second "Big Kremlin Fan" !!
Not been spraying for.....50yr, but, 20 ;o) !
All the best
I would never use a kremlin AAA if my production goals consisted of one piece every couple months.
I agree with Kevin on this one
Small projects 2-3 times a month, with the quality of your finish being #1. I would mate a Binks SG2 2 quart pot, 15-20' of air/fluid line and either a Devilbiss Compact or Teckna Pro-lite pressure feed gun and a assortment of needle/nozzles. Retail new this will set you back around a $1,000.00, but last for years and years...if you keep them clean.
I ran AAA sprayers for nearly two decades ranging from Asturo to CAT to Merkur and I love the way they operate and spray but around 6 months ago when I switched to 2k poly my rep dropped off a Titan 655d diaphragm airless to test. It has a hopper on top which is so much nicer than the pickup tube and it is smoother than the typical piston pump airless plus you can use a 25' 1/8" hose which is actually more ergonomic than the twin hose AAA.
I actually sold both of my AAA and replaced them with the Titans and their cost is under $700 each.