The liquid nozzle has a larger than recommended for the behr alkyd satin enamel paint. This paint is one of the most recommended paints for cabinets. If you use the critter you will get a bad orange peel look. Per discussion with a behr consultant who has used critter sprayer:you can’t thin this type of paint to make it work. Even thinning (which is not recommended)would not fix the orange peel type of look you will get. Need smaller liquid nozzle hole which is not available on critterno adjustments on liquid nozzle will workno psi settings on compressor will make it work. I also tried using sprayer with behr premium plus exterior flat acrylic latex. The sprayer would clog, and the only way to make it work was to add thinner. Butthen the paint came out in such a fine mist that it was not worth using, plus the paintwould lose too much of it’s strength with this amount of thinning. Better off buying the needle type sprayer called the graco x5 or better.
I purchased the critter siphon gun to paint two rooms worth of molding for the basement. Though other products may offer wider spray patterns and features, i highly recommend this product for its simplicity, effectiveness, ease of use, and price. I had no issues with functionality, and used a sherwin williams latex semi-gloss with no dilution. I do recommend using an in-line filter to ensure no oil or water gets into the mix. I set the regulator on my compressor to about 100 psi and it worked like a charm. Be sure to allow your compressor to re-pressurize while spraying to minimize any issues. I found the best way to set things up was to strain the paint beforehand and fill several mason jars beforehand. Cleanup with latex paint is extremely simple, rinse off the sprayer, then fill a jar with water and spray until the paint is cleared out. Clean the parts with soapy water, rinse, then let dry. It also helps to use a pipe cleaner to reach the recessed areas.
This sprayer is probably one of the best sprayers i’ve used for its price. I painted all of my kitchen cabinets and handrails for my stairs with it and they all came out fantastic. I love the fact that they use mason jars so i can quickly switch from painting to cleaning. The only caveat is making sure to thin the paint. I’ve not measured out exactly a ratio, but in my non professional way, pancake batter consistency is what you’re shooting for. Having that thickness, spraying a medium layer and then sanding before the next coat will leave you with amazing results. The kitchen cabinets look like i hired a professional. The air compressor that i use is a 2 hp 8 gallon one from harbor freight. Pressure setting (at my pancake thickness paint) is about 45-50psi, with the paint nozzle screwed halfway down.
1st off, super easy to clean. 2nd the gasket it comes with is garbage but i’ve sprayed 4 gallons of shellac based primer, 2 gallons of oil based primer and 6 gallons of ben moore advanced in the past week without the crappy gasket and this gun doesn’t quit. Plus 3 times i left it dirty overnight without emptying or cleaning it and it still sprayed perfect in the morning and throughout the day.
This has got to be the best 42 dollars i’ve spent on amazon. I was able to do all my kitchen cabinets during my remodel with just this product. Literally professional level results. Couple of tips: use benjamin moore advanced paint. Superior leveling properties and you will not need any dilutant if you use this paint. I was even able to use 123 bullseye primer with some floetrol and it worked great. Just have to play around with the ratio. Use slow sweeping overlapping strokes keeping care to stay approx 6 to 8 inches from your surface. I used a porter cable pancake compressor and it worked fine even though the specs weren’t exact. Kept it around 70 to 80 psi with bm paint.
Definately a learning curve, but i’m not a quiter. You must add about 20% water/flotrol to thin. Didn’t need to be too exact. I kept a sewing needle on hand to unclog the tip if the paint was building up. Once the paint was strained, i had no issues with clogging other than build up from spraying (i used latex paint). At one point i could get nothing to come out even after recleaning. . Ughhh, found out that the paint nozzle needed to be closer to the air nozzle to create more suction. Almost everytime i couldn’t get the paint out it was a nozzle adjustment. I can see why the cleaning kit would be good but i didn’t buy it yet.
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I am an avid diyer and i really wanted a spray gun so i can have a professional look on my painted products. This spray gun had great reviews and fit my budget (assuming you already have the compressor), so i got it. It may be small, but it works great, and the ability to attach to mason jars has come in great handy. Here are some helpful tips that can get you painting asap. After you buy this, head immediately to the nearest hardware/big box store and pick up floetrol (to thin out latex paint), paint thinner, an quart sized bucket, extra mason jars and a mesh paint strainer. (originally, i bought the floetrol only and sure enough, after about 30 minutes of use the gun was clogged with particles and the spray stream was so small that it wasn’t worth my time. Headed back to the store the next day to get the strainer and after 2 hours of constant use today, there have been no clogs at all). Mix your paint and the floetrol in the quart sized bucket so you have a easy refill when the attached mason jar runs out (after about 15 minutes of constant use for me).
This critter spray gun has been a pleasant surprise. It’s a fun tool to use, which says a lot. Spray projects are something i tend to dread, so having a tool that makes it less stressful is very important to me. With this review, i am comparing the critter to the homeright c800766 finish max fine finish sprayer. I was underwhelmed by the home right product, but the critter gun has exceeded my expectations. I have learned that paint spraying really is an art, and also that it takes patience. The quality of my painted projects with the critter is good, but it’s not professional, by any means. For instance, the vanity and cabinet drawers that i sprayed look good, but they are far from flawless. To get a flawless finish, it’s important to sand betweens coats, and also do quick passes — rather than trying to get really full coverage on each coat (because that leads to clumps and/or drips). What do you need to get started using the critter gun?- air compressor.
This spray gun was recommended to me for use in spraying liquid latex. It took a little bit to get the air pressure and spray adjustments set, but once you know what you’re doing it goes by in a flash. I have to say i love this gun. It can spray nearly anything i put through it. And even better, i had a surplus of generic mason jars stashed away in my cupboard. When i need to change paint color or material to be sprayed, i simply remove the current mason jar, put a lid on it for later use, run a jar of water through it, and then screw on the new jar. I can swap out from black to white in under 5 minutes without any concern of contamination.
Bought this little gun to spray some kitchen cabinets with oil based paint and am now a true devotee of this little green critter. The finish was superb, no drips, no runs, and no orange peel. The quality of the paint job ranks up there with professional results. I wasn’t shocked, i was amazed, and best of all clean up is a breeze. I now choose this little gun over my other hvlp sprayers for most small jobs. For spraying oil based paint, this is the method i used:- adjust the spray tip as per the instruction manual- thin your paint by about 10% using mineral spirits. We also generally add a couple drops of japan dryer- pour your paint through a paint strainer into the mason jar- set your compressor to deliver about 25 lbs pressure as a starting point (this gun doesn’t take much)- put on your breathing gear (seriously, don’t spray paint without a proper mask on)- start spraying onto a scrap piece of wood or cardboard to make fine adjustmentsif the coverage seems a bit sparse, then slowly increase the pressure to the sprayer a pound a tiny bit at a time. 28-30 lb is where we usually end up. Much more than that and your paint has a good chance of having an orange peel appearance. If you get it right, which really is not all that difficult to do, you should have a glass smooth finish.
Our only problem with it was that our compressor wasn’t working properly. Once we bought a good compressor, it works amazing. We painted our kitchen cabinets. Very near as good as my friend who had hers professionally painted and for about $1200. 00 dollars less, this was a great investment. You will just need a few extra pint mason jars with lids, and it is so easy. We had one mason jar with kilz in it and another with the paint and a 3rd with mineral spirits. It was so easy to go from one to the other, and clean up is a breeze. Thin latex with water, and oil based enamel with mineral spirits.
Features of Critter Spray Products 22032 118SG Siphon Gun
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- Compressor-mounted spray gun kit; requires 3 cfm at 90 psi
- Attaches to Mason jars filled with paints, stains, lacquers, and more
- Comes with glass Mason jar and metal spray gun
- Includes siphon gun, tube, 16-ounce Mason jar, jar gasket, and instructions; compressor not included (3/4-horsepower minimum)
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This is my first foray into paint spraying and i love it. I found this on little green notebook, and read a bunch of other blog posts and reviews before committing. I used it to paint my kitchen cabinets with chalk paint – yes, you can spray chalk paint. Just be sure to water it down (2:1, paint:water) and strain it. It will occasionally clog, but it’s such a simple piece of machinery that you just rinse it out and it works fine. Yes, it’s small, yes it’s not that powerful, but i’m not a professional (diy ftw) and for my projects it’s been great. The finish is so lovely and it’s so much easier than painting and sanding.
There are some things required to have a good result. I read all of the questions and answers, and most of the reviews. Listed below is a summary of what turned out to be most important. I used latex semi gloss paint. It is crucial that the paint be thinned. I used 60% paint, 20% floral, and 20% water. The final liquid needs to be the consistency of maple syrup. The next crucial thing is to strain the paint, even if it is brand new. Also have a small guage wire, or sewing pin with a big head handy.
I purchased this spray gun after seeing a few videos of people using this to spray polyurethane. I absolutely hate brushing it on so i was looking better ways to applying it. This spray gun is a simple and easy to use product that can spray just about everything that is thinned enough, so i hear. I ended up returning my spray gun after receiving it, due to a broken stem that pulls the paint up to spray. It was a warehouse deal so i received it at a discounted price which was nice. While i was getting it ready to ship back i came across hvlp spray guns. I never thought i could use one because of the smaller size of my air compressor but with more research i realized it was able to work. Hvlp vs this gun:for me, mainly wanting to shoot poly the hvlp wins every time. It has variable spray patterns unlike the critter gun which only spray round. Essentially this gun is a spray paint can.
It doesn’t look like much from the pictures but it’s all metal and well built. I love how easy it is to clean. I love that it uses mason jars – will make it super easy to store and use my finishes. In the video i have the compressor at 90 psi to test with water. For my clear water-based topcoat (thinned 15% with water) – i liked how it sprayed best at 50 psi. The only adjustments you can make on it is the pressure from the compressor and how high the nozzle (where the paint siphons out) is set into the air stream. It doesn’t have any needles, therefor you can’t adjust the pattern of the spray. This sprayer is basically a spray can on steroids (about the same spray diameter). I upgraded mine slightly but buying a rubber gasket from hardware store (had to cut the outside edge to size) and got a small piece of 3/8” tubing so it would reach further into the jar for when finish gets low.
I heard good things about this little sprayer on pinterest. I am loving painted furniture done in the shabby style with various transfers added. I’ve always brushed on paint which gets tedious. I haven’t used this with chalk paint yet, but i intend to try. I hear you must thin the paint down so it will travel through the tube. I used regular latex wall paint on a dresser. It was a little thick which caused the paint to spray out in spatters. Once i added a bit of water, it sprayed a nice thin coat that dried super fast.By the time i sprayed the dresser and the drawers, it was dry enough to hit it again with a second coat.
i bought this a couple years ago and it say in the box til a few months ago. All those projects i planned kept getting put off. I finally got around to painting a vintage campaign dresser and am amazed how easy it is to use. I use general finishes milk paint in coastal blue and the coverage this little gun provided is nothing short of amazing. Cleaning is a breeze, i have a large mason jar with water and a few shakes and sprays has everything clean. I can set up several jars ahead of time so i am not stopping to refill and stopping is a breeze, i leave the paint in the jar, put a lid on and it’s ready to go for the next time. Swapping from paint to poly (i use polycrylic) is super easy. First two (video & photo) are of my current project, third pic is the campaign dresser i painted last fall.
Compressor-mounted spray gun kit; requires 3 cfm at 90 psi
I tried another very popular, “easy to clean” paint sprayer and hated it. After the first cleaning i vowed never to use a paint sprayer again. Then, my backlog of furniture to paint got overwhelming and i needed to find a faster option. All the people singing the praises of this gun are not wrong. I just finished spraying thick primer and, after a few adjustments, it sprayed beautifully. It’s easy to use and easier to clean. I don’t usually paint on a “school night” because i don’t like all the clean up right before bed. Not a problem with this beauty. Clean-up took less time than cleaning out a paint brush.
Bought this sprayer with the intention of painting kitchen cabinets because i wanted a smooth finish i knew i could never get from a brush; the results were so good i ended up using this to paint two vanities, 19 doors and a lot of trim as well and with proper care i’ve never needed to buy the maintenance kit. My boyfriends’ mother paid a professional to paint her cabinets (with a brush) at the same time and mine easily looks 5 x better and cost about $2k less. I can get a coat of paint on 15 full-size doors in about 2 hours. There is a little bit of a learning curve but doing a little research before you work helps tremendously. There is overspray but dropcloths and plastic sheeting can easily help contain the mess. My primer has not sprayed as well as the paint but you should lightly sand between your final coat of primer and first coat of paint anyways. I used floetrol as an additive which i believe also helped the paint flow better. Make sure to strain your paint well before use and you should rarely have clogs and lesson learned, don’t pre-fill a bunch of mason jars if you won’t be using them for more than a day if using latex paint, its prone to curdling around the rim and lid of the jar and will just lead to clogs. Buy a separate bucket to mix your paint with your additive and strain and fill as you go.
This is a great little paint gun for the money. Very simple to operate and even easier to clean up. 12 interior doors on both sides (outdoors of course) w latex enamel; this gun sprayed flawlessly. I can see where cork seal would be easy to tear, you might want to order an extra. Output is low volume, but it still covers well without easily runs or sags.