Earlex HV5500 Spray Station
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Need some spray capability and looking at the Earlex HV5500 Spray Station.  To be used mostly for woodworking, and I would like to spray shellac, poly, (thinned) paint and everything in between.  Comments? opinions? alternates?  Anyone own one - how is their customer service?  Thank you as always...FPT.
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  Re: Earlex HV5500 Spray Station by fptahoe (Need some spray capa...)
No responses after 75 views is my answer - I guess this sprayer must not be "all that".  Thanks for viewing...FPT.
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  Re: Earlex HV5500 Spray Station by fptahoe (Need some spray capa...)
I have the Earlex HV5500 and haven't had the opportunity to put it into use, but from what I've researched, it should be a good performer at a reasonable price and it appears to be quite well built.  My main use will be for General Finishes products (Milk Paint, Exterior 450, High Performance Top Coat, etc.) as well as other finishes (some non-woodworking).

I have been busy with a variety of projects which has delayed my spraying but I am looking forward to putting it to use soon.  I built a 'room' in my basement for spray finishing with collapsible walls that can be stored out of the way when not in use and just finished installing a utility sink for easy clean up near my finish area.  I have a potting bench sitting ready to spray so hopefully will be able to get to it soon.

For outdoor projects, I have been using Behr Porch & Paitio Floor Paint but from what I have seen, an airless sprayer would be best for the thicker latex paints so don't really plan on using the Earlex for that.
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  Re: RE: Earlex HV5500 Spray Station by BattleRidge (I have the Earlex HV...)
(06-16-2019, 10:13 AM)BattleRidge Wrote: Thanks for the reply BR.  I went ahead and bought it today.  I also bought the 1.5 needle.  I called GF today and they said the 2.0 (that comes with the sprayer) will work for Milk Paint and something of similar viscosity.  For High Performance Top Coat or similar, they like 1.0 - 1.5.  The guy asked the type of Sprayer and when I told him, he said it was a good sprayer and that they used them (among others) at GF.
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  Re: Earlex HV5500 Spray Station by fptahoe (Need some spray capa...)
I bought the 1.5 mm needle too and between the two it should cover the majority of my finishing needs.  I am looking forward to putting the sprayer to use, which should be pretty soon.

While there are a multitude of other HVLP sprayers available, at much higher and at lower prices, the 5500 seems to have a great combination of features, quality and value that best fits my needs.  Given moisture and other issues with air compressor based sprayers, and that my woodworking shop and compressor are in a building separate from my finishing space, the self contained HVLP was an easy choice to make.  The Earlex seems very well built and the metal sprayer assembly is quite nice.

While there isn't a huge amount of video resources about the HV5500, all that I've been able to find have been promising and helpful - and the videos from Earlex (and the included DVD) are a great source of info.  

Enjoy your new sprayer!
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  Re: Earlex HV5500 Spray Station by fptahoe (Need some spray capa...)
I have a 5500 I bought 4-5 years ago and it has sat on the shelf after I found a deal on a Graco 4 stage HVLP turbine. I cut my teeth on airless sprayers and high end HVLP’s so I was underwhelmed with the 5500. A friend of mine has one as well and he really likes it but has nothing else to compare it to. For the money, it’s hard to beat for a portable turbine unit. One thing you will need to get good at is figuring out how much you need to thin your finishes. It sprays 1lb cut Seal Coat shellac very well straight from the can. It sprays dyes very well too. Solvent based lacquer needs to be thinned more than I like but I did an entry table with it which still turned out very well. I just needed more coats. My friend has sprayed a lot of BM’s Advance acrylic enamel through it and he loves it. If you’re still in the market let me know if you want a very lightly used one. I have all the needles as well.


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  Re: Earlex HV5500 Spray Station by fptahoe (Need some spray capa...)
Ive had one for about 7 years or so.

I work the heck out of it (4-5 days a week, an hour a day) so i'd guess ~2000 hours on the turbine and its finally starting to jump the shark, and not because of poor quality, rather my neglect. There is a filter on the base that I removed to clean, and forgot to reinstall it (about 6 months ago  Smirk) and I noticed the motor would surge here and there. Figuring the filter was clogged I flipped it over and found it missing and immediately I knew I messed up. Opened it up and the motor compartment had a pretty good coat of powder ( I spray water based poly and the overspray dries to form a white powder) covering everything.

Needless to say it still works after about 30 minutes of cleaning it out but gets hot (more than it should) so I ordered a new one and will keep this one around as a backup. 

If anyone was using it for occasional hobby use, id say its a homerun. Like I said, its been awesome for me pushing it to the limits.

Once Favre hangs it up though, it years of cellar dwelling for the Pack. (Geoff 12-18-07)  



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