Fuji Semi Pro 2? Recommendation Please

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:13 am
Hello there,
I'm a total newbie to car paint.

Due to the epidemic, my job is temporarily paused and I thought it would be a good chance to do a bunch of DIY projects as the summer is approaching. I've never done any DIY so I'm excited.

Projects related to painting
- 2 Cars & 8 wheels repair and painting
- House (Exterior & Interior) Painting
- Furniture painting

I need a multi-purpose HVLP system to do all those projects and keep for a long long time.

Q : Which system should I choose for all multi-purpose machine that leaves NO Orange Peel?
Fuji Semi-Pro 2, Mini Mite 3, or Mini Mite 4? (My maximum budget)

Q : From researching on google, a few automotive HVLP review sites recommended a cheap electric HVLP gun (under $100). Is it possible to use this gun and leave no-orange peel at all? The one I'm interested in is this.
https://www.amazon.ca/Patterns-Attachme ... 58&sr=8-38

Q : If you have any alternative system to recommend other than Fuji within my budget, please let me know.

Thank you

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:34 pm
Okay, people say I am hard on new guys, but darn, if you can find one gun system that can do all that with NO ORANGE PEEL please invite Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and any other mythic creature you can think of to see this "magic."
I see at minimum 2 completely different gun systems there. Interior and exterior house painting??? I use one of these.....
https://www.harborfreight.com/airless-p ... nt+sprayer
Extra tips are cheap right at Menards and the thing is controllable and fast. I did a rental house of mine...shot 25 gallons of primer and topcoats in 6 hours ceilings/walls. Used a 30 inch wand extension which meant NO ladders and I had 10 foot ceilings to deal with.
Everything else, yes, you could probably get by with the 4 stage Fuji. But and I mean a big but..... you are a newbie and turbine spray finishing is real learning curve...you are going to get some orange peel if you can't afford to go over 4 stages in budget.....
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:29 am
DarrelK wrote:Okay, people say I am hard on new guys, but darn, if you can find one gun system that can do all that with NO ORANGE PEEL please invite Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and any other mythic creature you can think of to see this "magic."
I see at minimum 2 completely different gun systems there. Interior and exterior house painting??? I use one of these.....
https://www.harborfreight.com/airless-p ... nt+sprayer
Extra tips are cheap right at Menards and the thing is controllable and fast. I did a rental house of mine...shot 25 gallons of primer and topcoats in 6 hours ceilings/walls. Used a 30 inch wand extension which meant NO ladders and I had 10 foot ceilings to deal with.
Everything else, yes, you could probably get by with the 4 stage Fuji. But and I mean a big but..... you are a newbie and turbine spray finishing is real learning curve...you are going to get some orange peel if you can't afford to go over 4 stages in budget.....


Thank you very much for your reply.

Yeah and I kinda figured so that orange peel won't get away easily even if you have the best machine.

So I should avoid Semi-Pro2 and just invest on Fuji Mite 5 purchase one more gun beside the gun that Fuji already provides right? It says Fuji Mite 5 is a 5 stage one and the price difference is not that much from Mini Mite 4 so I will go for it.

Unfortunately, my place in Canada does not have Menards nor I know a place where I can borrow a sprayer system and even if I could borrow the machine, it wouldn't be cheap.

I'm aware of the learning curve and I will probably do some testings before going into the serious job like painting on a panel(bonnet or fender) to test.
But o well, the local body shops quoted me for about $4k for the whole car painting and I have 2 cars to paint. (2 old cars) and probably that price to paint is more expensive than one of the cars. Also, a paint guy quoted me $8k for my house exterior painting.

I will purchase the Fuji Mini Mite 5.
https://www.amazon.ca/Fuji-2905-T70-Min ... 262&sr=8-5

I think that Fuji gun is good enough for car/automotive paint, no? Maybe it is just good for furniture and house painting only perhaps?

If not, could you recommend me a reasonably priced gun for automotive paint?

Thank you very much for your help.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:10 am
Well, if you can make that jump into the 5 stage that's definitely going to get you to more pro quality finishing especially with the cars/wheels. Just my opinion, but you can tweek the paint and clear mixes enough to get almost no orange peel. Best gun for cabinet finishing as well.
As for the house painting take a look in ebay/canada.....
https://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_from=R4 ... r&_sacat=0
Graco airless sprayers are pretty much the norm and are best for interior or exterior home painting. You can't go wrong with one of these.....if the costs scare you off simply buy one on there and flip it back on when you are done to recoup your money.
Metal, wood, fiberglass, we work it all... www.furniturephysicians.com We can restore the irreplaceable!

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