Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
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.
Just something to think about
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx