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post #1 of 10 Old 11-30-2019, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Fuji mini mite 3

Hi, looking at the Fuji mini mite 3 for spraying stain and varnish on window and door trim, doors as well as general woodworking projects.

Thoughts?
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-01-2019, 12:07 PM
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I’ll be interested to hear what others have to say as well.

I’ve been corresponding with Jeff Jewett for a recommendation for spraying waterborne lacquers. He recommends the Fuji Mini-Mite 3 and also indicates that it will spray varnish. To spray anything from dye to varnish, you’ll need multiple tips and that starts to add up.

Here’s a setup from Jeff.

http://homesteadfinishingproducts.co...-for-lutherie/
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I dont know much about fuji. But I got a Apollo Eco 4 and it will spray about 90% of everything I want/need to use it for. You do have to uy the approriate N/N air cap for thicker things like Behr outdoor stain sealer. Which the ECO 4 had no issues spraying at all (with the correct N/N/Air cap)

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/a...6f6f3dce000b68

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-03-2019, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses!
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Thanks for starting this thread. I wish other would chime in.

I put a lot of faith in Jeff Jewitt's opinion, but given that the Fuji 3 stage and the Apollo 4 stage are the same cost, the Apollo seems like a better deal. Reviews I've read say that the Apollo has a better air intake filter which I think is kind of a big deal.

The Fuji setup form Homestead finishing does come with multiple tips; I'm not sure if the Apollo system does or not.

I'm sorry if I'm throwing a wrench into your works. These subtle differences are among the reason I still haven't bought a turbine sprayer.

Please keep us posted on what you end up with and how it works out.
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I ended up ordering the Fuji 3 from Amazon. Also ordered the flexible hose. Several of the woodworking magazine review liked the Fuji. I also read several places that Fuji had great customer service so I went with it. I will report back once I try it out.
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I love my Fuji, get a 4 stage. you will regret the 3 stage.
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I bought an Earlex 5000 about 7 or 8 years ago. It was the first and only HVLP set-up I used. I had excellent results with it. I'm sure the Apollo and the Fuji are much better guns so I am throwing this out as an alternative if you dont have the budget for the Fuji or Apollo. At the time, the earlex was around $325. It has since been replaced and the newer version is a lot better mainly because of more power. I noticed they now have a 3 stage unit for about $425.
As with all sprayers, you will need multiple tips. The tip and orifice determine the flow quality of the finishing product. Example: Analine dyes are thinner than most finishes and will therefore require a smaller orifice tip.
Also, the Earlex comes with a teflon coated cup. Mine started deteriorating after sever hours of use. The teflon degrades from lacquer and lacquer thinner. I called up Earlex and they immediately sent me an new un-coated cup with no charge.
If I get another shop and need a new gun, I will probably buy the Earlex 3 stage unit. If I have the money budgeted, I would probably would get an Apollo or Fuji - based on reputation.
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I recently got hold of a used Graco 4 stage turbine and purchased a Fuji T75g gun. I have been using a hvlp conversionn system for about 15 years before. Don't get too hung up on all the tips and complicating it. I spray mostly Target Coatings products and most all I can spray through a 1.3mm setup, which is usually standard. For primers you may want a 1.5-1.8, but at the proper viscosity could still be shot through a 1.3. A 3 stage turbine should work effortlessly for almost anything you put through it, with the exception of heavy latex.
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I ended up ordering the Fuji 3 from Amazon. Also ordered the flexible hose. Several of the woodworking magazine review liked the Fuji. I also read several places that Fuji had great customer service so I went with it. I will report back once I try it out.
You must have sprayed some stuff by now, right? Please dont keep us in suspense! 😁
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