Earlex SprayStation 5500 hvlp

Written by on September 19, 2011 in HVLP, Products of Interest, Sprayers with 7 Comments

Earlex SprayStation 5500 HVLP System

Earlex SprayStation 5500 HVLPWell, if there is one thing we love, it is the connectedness of things. We have been testing the Benjamin Moore Arborcoat stain system on a recent exterior project. Arborcoat is a two step finish – stain and clear coats. This is a two step application, so we decided to do some spraying in the second step with the Earlex SprayStation 5500 HVLP system.

We sprayed the Arborcoat stain on the extensive wrap around deck rail system using the Graco ProShot Fine Finish. The production rate was very impressive with this combination of tool and product.

When the time came to spray the clear coat, rather than stick with what worked really well, we thought it would be fun to go at the rail system with an entirely different spray technology: Earlex SprayStation 5500 HVLP.

The SprayStation is all about bang for buck. It is a great entry level HVLP unit. We work with several systems that are higher tech, with better quality components and more sophisticated features, but for occasional use, the 5500 is a great and economical way to get into HVLP spraying. We have also used it on small shop projects, such as bookcases and shelving, and it does quite well in that situation as well.

If you are a paint contractor and considering entry into HVLP spraying, we do alot of testing of all different levels and technologies within the HVLP umbrella, so please feel free to ask questions in the reply section below. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have about HVLP in general, or the Earlex SprayStation 5500 HVLP in particular. We have been using this unit for a couple of years now in different types of occasional use situations, and, as always, we are happy to share what we have learned about it.

 

Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!

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  1. Mike says:

    I’ve got a Graco 395 Airless and wouldn’t consider myself a very good sprayer, so with that understanding, I don’t like trying to paint panel doors with my unit. I’ve considered buying one of the cheapo HVLP units just for doing doors on occasion (shooting latex paint mostly) so what would be the cheapest unit I could get away with? and how much would I have to fuss with thinning paint etc. If I have to thin so much as to have to do multiple coats, then I would think that would negate the time saving, or money saving. What say ye?

  2. Jeff Wilsman says:

    Hey Scott, I saw this system on an Eastwood website for auto painting. Can this really be used to paint a car?

    • Scott Burt says:

      I suppose it could be, Jeff, but it really isn’t intended for that level of use I don’t think. There are many other options (albeit more costly) that would be better suited.

  3. Les says:

    I don’t have need to spray much so I’ve never bothered to get hvlp. Consequently have gotten pretty good with the brush. BUT… I think it’s time. Would the Earlex 5500 spray lacquer to do cabinet doors and drawer faces? How much practice would I need before spraying the real deal? Thanks for your time. Les

    • Scott Burt says:

      Les, yes, that would be a good choice. As to your question on practice, when you get to the point where you can lay down nice finish on vertical surfaces, you are probably good to go. Lacquer is somewhat forgiving because it does tack up and dry fairly quickly. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Ryan Parker says:

    Hi Scott,
    I recently picked up one of these little giants as last-minute purchase when in a tight spot. I needed to spray some baseboards in a remodel with tight timeline and furniture and belongings in the home.
    I was very skeptical (you get what you pay for) and limited by last-minute budget coming off of winter. Not to mention I was applying Regal satin. Could this little guy push that product? I read reviews, watched videos (like the one above), and decided to go for it. I thinned Regal by about 12%/volume (water), filled the cup, dialed the pressure… and wow! I was really surprised!
    This little machine represented itself (and me, for that matter) very nicely. I had a great time using it. It’s a straight forward tool. Saved me time, money on labor, and provided a stellar finish! Homeowner was pleased and those baseboards started living the life they deserved!
    Thanks for the always great reviews. Look forward to hearing your story on this little giant!

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