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    Cool

    I really liked the Sharpe spray gun I had.
    I went from spraying stuff in Ideal conditions to spraying stuff in not so Ideal conditions
    I was all ways happy with the work I did with that gun
    There are advantages to using a good performing spray gun.
    Treat your self and buy the nicest brand name gun you can afford to buy.
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    the more I look, the more I realize how little I know! hvlp, lvlp or conventional? what size tip? which cap? what I have found is that any name brand gun is a vast improvement and most are copies of the iwata w400. the exception being devilbiss. starting line is a cheap import and not much better than my hf. finish line/flg4 is not an iwata copy and is considered good but consumes hug amounts of air. not a concern for me but would be for others with small compressors. at $460.00 for gun and $130.00 for each additional tip size, I wont be getting the iwata! cheapist first, the astro euro, sharpe finex and warwick 904 are all similar to the iwata. $125-150. start adding tips/caps and $200-300. that's about all I want to spend so its between those 3 and the fg4. all are a vast improvement and none can compete with higher priced guns. http://www.onlinesprayguns.com/904 or http://www.spraygunworld.com/ I can find endless links comparing those 4 guns to HF purple, iwata or sata. comparisons of those 3 to finish line but NOTHING comparing those 3. a this point, just going to pick what is on sale or includes the most freebies.
    '64 chevy, 292 40 over, 206/526 cam, 2004r trans. 9.75:1, dual webbers, Langdon cast headers, 1.94 valves

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    ended up getting the devillbiss finishline. flg670 with 3 tips and 2 air caps from summit for $212.00 and free shipping. I felt it was the safest choice as it is the best in my budget, had several tips and can get parts easily. the time I spent researching and comparing was worth more than if I just bought 1 of each and tried them out! what I have found with no hands on experience or comparison but what I gathered from internet: the astro europro is probably the best value. at around $100.00, better tan devilbiss starting line or eastwood and is far better than the off brands. hvlp (green) has a smaller pattern and slower compared to others and lvlp (orange) slower and smaller yet but finish/orange peel is top notch. actually bought one of each as it would of been perfect for me but had issues with spraygunworld and summit offered same day shipping. the sharpe finex is better gun but wide pattern and faster would be more suited to larger jobs like an entire van (or several). what little I read about the warwick said it beats all my other choices but only available threw their online site and didn't want to risk another online scam or delays so I bought from a trusted seller. I had no issues with warwick, I did with another online retailer and decided known sellers are worth a little more money for in stock items. the astro is available threw Walmart online and problably get one anyways just because I want to try it. I strongly recommend you google your retailer for reviews!! leaving now on a 2 hour round trip to pay my phone bill as I had to cancel my credit card, sure wish I googled them first!
    '64 chevy, 292 40 over, 206/526 cam, 2004r trans. 9.75:1, dual webbers, Langdon cast headers, 1.94 valves

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    well finally got a chance to use the spray gun I just had to have last spring. I did use the astro mini several times and much better than the cheapies but too small for an entire panel. I patiently waited for one of my kids to wreck their car so I could use the devilbiss. they finally did and I had my chance. fl3 is so much better than what I had. much better finish/pattern and used less paint! more suited for an entire car but did just fine for the door. may still buy the astro lvlp or smaller finex for an in between or single panel gun but no rush.
    '64 chevy, 292 40 over, 206/526 cam, 2004r trans. 9.75:1, dual webbers, Langdon cast headers, 1.94 valves

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