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will detail gun work for primer, 1.0 nozzle
#1377195 Tue Sep 15 2020 11:43 PM
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I need to primer some small pieces of the front suspension. The primer suggests using a 1.3 to 1.7 nozzle. My detail gun has a 1.0 for the larger nozzle. Do I need to thin the primer or??? Will it even work? I want to use the small gun so I do not waste a lot of paint by shooting a wide pattern out of my paint gun for a 1 inch wide part.

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60ApacheC20 #1377205 Wed Sep 16 2020 12:48 AM
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It should work fine on short run of small parts. Try it, on scrap, not much risk. What kind of detail gun.

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60ApacheC20 #1377226 Wed Sep 16 2020 01:52 AM
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Isn't the pattern width on your gun adjustable? I can set mine for a round pattern or a wider one. You just need to fiddle with the material and width knobs.
But a detail gun should work fine. You may need to thin a bit more than for one with a larger nozzle.


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Re: will detail gun work for primer, 1.0 nozzle
60ApacheC20 #1377231 Wed Sep 16 2020 02:12 AM
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The small opening of 1.0 of your gun will lay down small paint droplets. You need to have larger droplets for primer. Primer is thicker so you need a larger opening. Prob 1.4-1.6. Your Paint data sheet should say what you need. You can but a $15 purple gun at harbor freight which comes with a 1.4 mm tip and drill it out to 1.6 if you need to ... it would take about a 1/16 inch Drill bit.
Works great.... do it all the time.
The needle is tapered so it will fit.

The last time I bought a HF gun, I had to go through about 15 to find one where the needle wasn’t rusted.

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Re: will detail gun work for primer, 1.0 nozzle
60ApacheC20 #1377269 Wed Sep 16 2020 01:09 PM
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I have an Eastwood set of Contours guns. The large gun works great but... even when I dial the pattern width down I waste a lot of paint. Most of the paint misses parts that are long and thin in the steering assy, torsion bars and also parts with many nooks and cranny's like the A-Arms. Maybe that is just part of painting and I have to live with it. I am just trying to find a good way to save paint and still get a quality finish.
I will post some pictures in a week or so after I finish painting the front steering and suspension parts. I am quite pleased with the Eastwood Guns. For a rookie who has only used guns to paint house siding I really like the finish I am getting. Good coverage and only runs if you really overspray. Nooks and cranny's are still tough as the large gun is hard to maneuver.

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Re: will detail gun work for primer, 1.0 nozzle
60ApacheC20 #1377337 Wed Sep 16 2020 09:08 PM
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I have found an airbrush works good for small parts and tight spaces.


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