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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:27 pm
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Rebel Racing wrote:my only question is, is the Pro Lite a better gun for clear than my current AZ3--for the stuff I am doing right now?


Is the Pro Lite a better gun? Yes.

Is it better for what you're doing now? Maybe.

Downsides are that the Pro Lite has a MUCH bigger fan, so you'll be wasting a lot more clear when painting smaller parts and it pumps clear at a faster rate, so your risk of runs is higher. Used correctly, the finish from the AZ3 can be as good as the Pro Lite, for smaller jobs; not necessarily so for large jobs.

Then you have the question of which Pro Lite? There are fluid tips of 1.2mm, 1.3mm and 1.4mm and there are 5 different aircaps : 3 x RP (T110, TE10, TE20) and 2 x HVLP (HV25 & HV30). That's like having 15 different guns with completely different spraying characteristics!

And then you have personal preference, as Dave pointed out, above.


Some VERY good points here, he is 100% correct on the transfer efficiency. guns with large patterns are not always the best choice for small parts.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:53 pm
Thanks for all the replies Guys!! After thinking it over, although the Pro Lite would be nice to have, I don't need it yet. If anything, I will pick up another AZ3 strictly for clear. Currently it has a 1.3 tip that I am doing both base and clear and I am happy with the results. Quick question, would a 1.2 tip be slightly better for clear should I go this route. I know a lot depends on the painter. Thoughts?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:27 pm
Depends on the clear that you're using and the ambient temperatures (smaller tip is better in cooler weather) but I didn't - just have the 1.3 and this will teach you the effects of other adjustments on your gun(s).
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:33 am
NFT5 wrote:Depends on the clear that you're using and the ambient temperatures (smaller tip is better in cooler weather) but I didn't - just have the 1.3 and this will teach you the effects of other adjustments on your gun(s).
O.K. great info. Right now I am using a heated garage but I struggle to get the temp. over 75F. Summer time I am shooting in the 75-85 range for several months.



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:22 am
NFT5 wrote:just have the 1.3 and this will teach you the effects of other adjustments on your gun(s).
I was thinking of getting a 1.2 tip for my current AZ3 but looking at the parts list, they go from a 1.0 right to the 1.3 and bigger--no 1.2 offered. I sorta wanted to experiment with a smaller tip for clear.



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:24 am
PainterDave wrote:
NFT5 wrote:
Rebel Racing wrote:Downsides are that the Pro Lite has a MUCH bigger fan, so you'll be wasting a lot more clear when painting smaller parts and it pumps clear at a faster rate, so your risk of runs is higher.
Wondering if the Pro Lite could be adjusted (smaller fan and less fluid) to be acceptable for smaller parts? I guess, even if it could do the smaller jobs, I am better off sticking with my AZ3....I guess I just answered my own question, LOL.
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