Coating protects. The Earlex SprayStation and
the Apollo 835 Turbospray both have cups with
a protective coating inside that guards against
Spit proof. The cup from the Apollo ECO-3/
E7000 system has a cone-shaped bottom,
which helps keep the gun from picking up air
when the fluid gets low—a helpful feature.
Watch out for threaded cups. The threads,
shown here on the Wagner Flexio 890, are
difficult to clean, and once they form a buildup
of old finish, they become hard to use.
The SprayPort, the ECO-3 with the E7000
gun, the Fuji, and the Apollo 835 all were
simple to adjust, fast and intuitive to figure
out, and had overall nice fit and finish, allowing you to turn the knobs with a light
twist of the fingers. The controls on these
systems also adjusted the spray width from
an even, wide pattern down to a small
circular one almost effortlessly.
Four sprayers rise to the top
In the end, three systems emerged as Best
Overall: the Apollo 835, the Apollo ECO3 with the E7000 non-bleeder-style gun,
and the Fuji Spray Mini-Mite 3. All three
had superior quality spray, very comfortable handles, and easy-to-use, ergonomic
EARLEX SPRAYPORT HV 6003
In the way. The hose on the Earlex SprayStation is close to the fluid-adjustment knob
underneath, making it harder to turn the knob,
and also to spray in tight spaces.
GRACO FINISHPRO 7.0
Out of the way. The hose on the Fuji Spray
Mini-Mite 3 attaches out of the way at the end
of the handle, and has an easy-to-grip coupling
that makes it a snap to attach.
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